Thursday, November 12, 2009

Meinte's Daily Film Fact #5 - Memoirs of a Geisha

One of ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ most beautiful moments is of course the dance performed by Zhang Ziyi. But as you might know, this dance isn’t really described in the novel by Arthur Golden. The word ‘dance’ is mentioned but did the director create this scene using his own fantasy? The funny thing is that I just recently was reading Junichiro Tanizaki’s ‘The Makioka Sisters’ (Stille Sneeuwval). And what a coincidence it was, one of the characters in this novel, Taeko Makioka’ was dancing ‘snow’ completely with parasol (or sun umbrella)! It can be just a coincidence and maybe the director did some research about this ‘snow’ dance which is really an very old and popular dance, the resemblance between the film scene and the passage in the novel is intriguing.

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