Monday, August 9, 2010

0056. Jareth/David Bowie

Like in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, the character of Jareth is tied together with the personality portraying him.  This time, it's David Bowie.  Jareth was the Goblin King from the stunning 1986 Jim Henson movie Labyrinth.  He was a complex character with ambiguous motives that set girls hearts on fire with his desperate desire for the heroine- though his consistently tight pants may have helped, too.  David Bowie performed the musical numbers for the film and his personality brought a level of elegant strangeness to the character that he would have lacked at the hand of any other actor.

As a young girl, I recognized the genius of this backwards fairy tale, as well as the gorgeous aesthetics that made up the scenery and costume.  Being used to tales of delicate princesses rescued by dashing princes, seeing Sarah grow strong as resist the longing Jareth was a welcome shock.  Understanding that she was the one with power over him made the world of fiction all the more complex and beautiful to me.

And now, have some When the World Falls Down.

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