Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Pretty Vodyanoy or that neighbour in the forest in the Song of Summer

In Ken Russell's "Song of Summer" which we are discussing this week, there are many incredible moody and uncomfortable moments which make the viewer feel as if they are actually living in the Delius home. One spooky moment takes place outside the home in the surrounding French forest where Fenby is abruptly stopped by a woman hidden by some trees. If you scroll through to 45:00 you'll find it and it won't spoil the plot.

The woman is languidly persistent in her questioning of Fenby, sensual and really creepy. She wastes no time in being invasive and manipulative. She reminds me of the Slavic water spirit Vodyanoy. Though she's on land she has that same stealth. One worries that Christopher Gables might be whisked away by the ankles and never seen again.
Vodyanoy (or Vodyanye) are wicked treacherous Slavic water creatures. They may assume any form they choose. They live in fresh water. They never die but do grow older at the waning moon and younger as it waxes every month. Whenever the Vodyanye do manage to drown someone the take them to serve them as slaves in their magical underwater palace of crystal.

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4 Comments:

Blogger grace said...

I scrolled through, and yep! that was a creepy moment.
When not so late at night, I would like to watch the movie. (as I see it is possible)

6:30 AM  
Blogger Amanda and SuperAmanda™ said...

Her voice was chilling!

4:19 PM  
Blogger grace said...

cold and piercing.

5:47 AM  
Blogger par.nordstrom said...

Hi, Amanda ! A few words abt Water Spirits: In Scandinavia da water spirit, ´Näcken´ takes da form of a naked young man ( ´näck´ signifies ´naked´ in Swede .Näcken is especially dangerous for women. He seduces dem wid his ´diabolic´ violin playin ( cf. Paganini ! ) & makes da gals dance dance dance in a trance , until dey fall into da water & drown.../But Näcken can also take da shape of a huge beaut HORSE ( still playin da fiddle) ,´da River Horse´ or ´ Horse of Brooks´ ./ Up to dis verry day many Scandinavian young women avoid goin near rivers brooks & streams when there´s a full moon risin .../ P.S. Shall watch Ken´s movie asap.

8:00 AM  

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