Directed by Jim Henson
UK & USA, 1986
Cornerhouse, 3 December 2011
Many a child’s joyous cackle rang out during the screening of this modern classic, so you would have to rate it a continuing success.
What I liked most about it was David Bowie, for with his big fluffy blonde hair-do and firmly affixed codpiece he looked every inch the Goblin King. Jim Henson’s puppets were magical, especially the pink fluffy fellows who could lose their heads (literally, or at least they had very portable heads) with impunity. And Terry Jones did well to write a story that, while being a modern children’s adventure, yet had echoes of The Wizard of Oz and Thomas Malory. The story incorporated the liar’s paradox (Wittgenstein must have beamed from on high somewhere) and the set in the key final scene was based on a famous drawing by Escher.
In other words, there are things in the film that older children, and even would-be adults, can get excited about. And Jennifer Connelly is a personable and pretty lead.
The labyrinth, a form describing a path at once linear and circular, is found naturally in the human intestine. Yes, it is a fact. Notre-Dame has the best labyrinth of all, mind.
The Labyrinth is showing as part of the Festive Favourites season, details here.