" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

February 9, 2020

The Lighthouse and Squaring the Circle?

'The Lighthouse' as it appears on the cinema screen
When I saw the movie 'The Lighthouse' at the cinema a few days back I couldn't help thinking with the movie projected into a square shape on the cinema screen and the light of the lighthouse being the centre of the screen metaphorically, whether there was metaphorical representation of the squaring of the circle somewhere in it all.
The Lighthouse vs Jonathan Livingston Seagull?
The Lighthouse was shot in an aspect ratio of 1.19:1, the most commonly used ratio in the silent film era, to create a nearly square screen image.
The confined space enhances the claustrophobic nature of the story and emphasizes the physical limitations the men are subjected to.
The monochrome cinematography reduces the setting to a dismal, bleak location, and features dramatic use of shadows on the men’s faces.
The film-making style is reminiscent of German expressionism and 1930s Universal horror films.
Not a traditional horror movie, The Lighthouse explores existential horror, as the absence of normal society causes Wake and Winslow to lose their sanity.
Director Eggers eventually shifts gears so that we’re not quite sure what we’re witnessing as he sets up a skewed reality that differs significantly from what we’ve seen.
What is real and what is hallucination?"
Willem Dafoe's birthday is July 22, which we Australians write as 22/7.
Willem's character Wake is the keeper of the light in the movie 'The Lighthouse', but maybe my synchromystical theory is just all pie in the sky?-)
22/7 is a widely used Diophantine approximation of Ο€.
It is a convergent in the simple continued fraction expansion of Ο€.
But even if we write Willem's birthdate like the Americans do 7/22, that gives us a number close to 0.318.
Touchy Subject?
Born on 7/22?-)
Everything is connected when it comes to the light?
Does that square with you?-)
7/22 = 0.318181818181818
Born July 22nd?!
"Why'd ya spill yer beans?"
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