It was All Saints Day here, or Hallow-mas/All Hallows (November 1st), which seemed appropriate with all the synchronicities I've been having lately.
It was also Melbourne Cup Day here in Australia, which is almost like a national holiday here.
It's the running of Australia's most famous horse race, which is held every year on the first Tuesday in November (which this year happens to also be All Saints Day this year).
Oddly enough, it was won by the French, with a French jockey who had only flown out to Australia 24 hours before the race.
You could almost say he spent midnight in Paris ;- )
|No 3 Dunaden just beats No.12 Red Cadeaux in the Melbourne Cup.|
Horses and their owners make the 'pilgrimage' from all over the world to try and take the cup back home with them.
Which leads me into the main topic I wanted to talk about - pilgrimages.
As I have stated in previous posts, I just started reading Paulo Coelho's The Pilgrimage.
But I have had a lot of pilgrimage type 'coincidences' hit me in the last few days from lots of different angles.
So, where do I begin to untangle this increasingly complicated bunch of coincidences???
I'll start from here,
Bob Dylan and Byron Bay
although it's not really a starting point, but it will have to do.
In that post I talked about going to see a talk by filmmakers Gillian Armstrong and Paul Cox called
If a Picture Paints a Thousand Words.
It was about their frustrations making movies in Hollywood and having to jump through hoops for money hungry producers mainly, but it was also about Paul's recent illness (cancer and a liver transplant...the subject of his latest book).
|Paul Cox: Tales from the Cancer Ward.|
Anyway, I've just finished reading Paul's book about a week ago and I highly recommend it to anyone.
It is a great book, and far from being the grim book that you would expect, it is a celebration of the miracle of life.
Not only does he tell about his physical and psychological life and death struggles with cancer and the liver transplant, he also discuses his films and the people important to his life over the years.
People like Theo van Gogh a dutch film director and great grandson of Theo van Gogh, the brother of Vincent, the great Dutch painter.
Theo was killed...and get this...I only just looked this up on Wikipedia...on November 2nd (that's today folks!...do these synchs ever stop?) by Muslim fundamentalists in Holland.
Paul and Theo met after seeing Paul's film Vincent, and became close friends afterwards.
Interspersed with countless images of Van Gogh's original work, are cinematic images of the landscapes, the still-lifes, the town, and the people that Van Gogh knew so well.
Cox unassumingly uses real people and costumes in an almost dream-like fashion; they exist along the edges of the film, in a sort of blur; as if we were living directly in Van Gogh's dreams and memories.
And if you watch that first YouTube video above, you will notice in Vincent's letter to his brother all the talk about pilgrims walking along the path of life, basically.
Also notice the Midnight in Paris poster and the link to van Gogh with the Starry Night painting used as a backdrop in the poster, although whilst it is a picture of the French sky over
Arles, it is not of the Paris sky.
Paul also reminisces about his close friendship with filmmaker Werner Herzog who starred in his movie Man of Flowers and whose film Cave of Forgotten Dreams I saw and wrote about a few days ago here in the link below,
The Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Pilgrimage is essentially a series of shots of separate sets of pilgrims heading towards an undisclosed destination, set to music.
David has made some great docos in the past, but I take it that Paul wasn't too happy for some reason with David's film.
He barely mentions the film in his book, and didn't seem to speak too highly of it at the Writer's Festival.
I haven't seen it yet, but have just purchased a ticket on one of the only two Brisbane screenings at the Brisbane International Film Festival, where David will be available for Q&A after the screening.
I will be writing more about the pilgrimage synchs in upcoming posts, because these are important pieces in the puzzle to fit together later.
I'm just laying them on the table for now.
PS. I started writing this post just before midnight Nov 1st and just finished it off now Nov 2nd in case there was any confusion about the above mentioned dates.
Also, I just noticed something amusing after posting this stuff, that the hot favourite for The Melbourne Cup was horse No.1 "American" (last years winner...although it is owned by the French, anyway), but like in the film Midnight in Paris, the French won out in the end ;- )