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The Fall

Director Tarsem (The Cell) reworks the 1981 Bulgarian film Yo Ho Ho for this stylish fantasy, which premiered at the Toronto film festival in 2006 but was released only this year under the auspices of filmmakers David Fincher (Seven) and Spike Jonze (Adaptation). A movie stuntman (Lee Pace), lying despondent in a Los Angeles hospital in 1915, spins an exotic tale for the benefit of a five-year-old girl who's recovering from a broken arm (Catinca Untaru). In his story the dashing Black Bandit (Pace again), assisted by a slave, a mystic, an anarchist, and Charles Darwin, battles the evil Governor Odious. The girl and the hospital patients and staff also turn up in his improvised adventure, extravagantly garbed by costume designer Eiko Ishioka. 118 min.



  • Tarsem Singh


  • Lee Pace
  • Justine Waddell
  • Catinca Untaru
  • Kim Uylenbroek
  • Aiden Lithgow
  • Sean Gilder
  • Ronald France
  • Andrew Roussouw
  • Michael Huff
  • Grant Swanby


  • Dan Gilroy
  • Nico Soultanakis


  • Tarsem Singh

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