George MacDonald’s The Gentle Princess e-book is a giant theme all through the movie. I discovered that story and the varied iterations actually fascinating. I like the way you built-in it into the movie.
There was one line of that e-book that I had written down someplace. I saved a pocket book the place I might simply write down sentences from books, films, or no matter sentences or quotes that I discovered stunning and provoking. In a kind of notebooks, there was one sentence out of this e-book, an extended phrase, however I did not know anymore the place I discovered it. I simply had that sentence in my thoughts when writing the script. I do not even know why, as a result of I wrote it down way back, after which I simply googled your entire phrase and located the e-book, and I had not even recognized it was out of the e-book. Then I learn the e-book and located it very fascinating what number of parallels there are to this story, which was already far in improvement.
So it was not from the start of the writing course of; it was later, virtually once I was completed with the script. There was even way more of it within the script, however then we discovered it too difficult with the English textual content, and so we let that go. However we nonetheless saved it within the photographs. My artwork division copied the unique drawings within the e-book.
There are all these ladies in her life, the women in ready, the attendants, the ladies within the asylum that she visits, and even her daughter. They’re all reflections of how ladies are imagined to be on this society. I might love to listen to your ideas on the way you created all these totally different ladies and what you had been hoping to point out with them.
Everybody within the movie and everybody within the system has to meet numerous expectations. That is why I additionally put within the beard of the Emperor, which he takes off as a result of he was a small man. He grew to become an emperor when he was very, very younger. So I feel he additionally needed to do one thing to impress folks. He additionally needed to play a job, and I assumed that it was vital to point out that everyone needed to please folks. However particularly, in fact, the ladies.
For the ladies, it was so clear that they weren’t imagined to resolve or do something actually, other than what was anticipated of them. Be good, kingdom stunning, and so forth. I discovered it fascinating studying the historic materials and the diaries of her ladies-in-waiting and her daughter. They by no means questioned the system they lived in. They by no means questioned the hierarchies. Then being beneath the Empress, their place was so clear to them.