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THE FALL (2006) - NXDFFF - Scenes Season

  • dir. TARSEM

  • Year. 2006

  • country. UK

  • run-time. 117 mins

  • rating. 12

FREE ENTRY on the door

Doors 14:00 - Film 14:30

Los Angeles, circa 1920s, a little immigrant girl finds herself in a hospital recovering from a fall. She strikes up a friendship with a bedridden man who captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the hospital doldrums into the exotic landscapes of her imagination. Making sure he keeps the girl interested in the story he interweaves her family and people she likes from the hospital into his tale.

THE FALL is part of New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival 2019. Entry to the film is free. No booking is available. Tickets will be available on the door from 2PM on a first-come first-served basis.

An achingly beautiful movie and a triumph of location scouting, with more cosmopolitan spectacle than the past three Indiana Jones and James Bond movies combined.
— Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle


Inspired by a project by Caroline Jupp to interview local audiences about their personally significant movie scenes, this season is celebrating a selection of these films from the iconic to the obscure.

The Fall was chosen by Carlos, one of Deptford Cinema’s volunteers, for its opening title scene (in black an white and in slow motion) which in his opinion is a great example of a director’s absolute control over his vision. To really appreciate it one must view it a second time after seeing the film. The cinematography is beautiful, extravagant and utterly mesmerising, and undoubtedly inspired by Salvador Dali’s surrealism.

The photography in the opening scene is enthralling enough, but the score, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92 (2-Allegretto) adds an extra punch for the audience.

About the opening title sequence the director, Tarsem Singh, said:

“It is hard to define… I wanted chaos without energy.”

The Scenes publication will be available to browse and purchase during the Scenes Season from the Deptford Cinema bar.

Copies of the book will go to three ticket holders pulled from a hat before the screening.