Friday, April 01, 2016

Great Moments In Movie Shelves #65

I'd be willing to wager a lot of money that director Tomas Alfredson (who's turning 51 today) has as much of a shelf fetish as I do -- both Let the Right One In and this film you see here Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are absolutely obsessed with squares and rectangles...

... which is really what a love for shelves comes down to; that is, a fetishization of compartmentalization, of perfectly aligned geometric enclosures. So pleasing to the eye and mind!

Think back upon the jungle gym that figures so prominently in Let the Right One In, set amongst those blockish apartment buildings. And even in Tinker Tailor's sequence set in the MI-6 archives that you see up top, every shot surrounding those gorgeous endless shelves is a square inside a square inside a square...

Needless to say, you can understand why I am quite the fan of director Tomas Alfredson at this point! And I can't wait to see how he fits Michael Fassbender (himself basically a straight line) into all of these squares with his next movie, The Snowman

Here's a NYT video from back when Tinker Tailor
came out where he talks some about the Archives scene:

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