To celebrate I'm bending the rules of the blog a little bit to talk about a film that while set in the Victorian period doesn't feature any real life personalities or art but is still an excellent example of the tropes of the Gothic; Crimosn Peak.
As I mentioned in my post about Hellboy 2, Guillermo del Toro is my favourite director and this, his ninth feature, is one of his best films. There may be some light spoliers in this review but I will try to keep them as vague as possible.
The story concerns Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), a young American writer who falls in love with Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleson), an English baronet who is seeking the investment of her industrialist father. After her father is murdered, Edith moves with Thomas, and his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) to Allerdale Hall, also known as Crimson Peak, the Sharpe's ancestral home in Cumbria, England. But the house is haunted and Edith has to investigate exactly what has happened there,
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The acting is excellent. Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska in particular shine as the two female leads (It is a very feminine movie, suiting the Gothic traditions it is drawing upon.) Tom Hiddleson, one of my favourite actors, also impresses in his role as Thomas.
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|del Toro on set with Jessica Chastain (photo from Los Angeles Magazine)|
All in all this is an easy film to recommend and sits just behind Pan's Labyrinth as my favourite of the directors work.