Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Spirited away is In my top 10 favorite films of all time, and everything I've ever watched by Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, I've loved. This image is from a scene where a river spirit, that is just so dirty that no one recognizes it, comes into the bath house, and the main character, Chihiro, has to help him. In the scene Miyazaki has accomplished something really special; he has captured a sense of smell in a movie. It's not just a bunch of people pinching their noses to indicate something stinks, though the people in the background do this, he takes it further. The hairs on characters heads start to curl and veer away from the creature. Even Chihiro's bow on her apron seems to curl away from the smell. Their eyes bug out and their posture leans away. They hold their breath, and greet the creature through gritted teeth. Their clothes start to discolor, and plant life on the ground droops and dies. The facial expressions are amazing. Chihiro's facial structure is really pretty simple, but Miyazaki manages to create the maximum level of disgust there with really simple features. By the time the stinky creature has reached the bath, the viewer is so disgusted by it, you cringe when Chihiro falls into the brown muck left on the floor by it. Miyazaki's attention to the roll every small detail can play in enhancing a feeling is really incredible.