A Film List in hues of Yellow
Updated: Sep 14, 2020
“"The Yellow Room" was certain to fascinate so theatrical a mind.”
– Gaston Leroux
Cramped up in my room in Paris, my days are spent going through old boxes of memories from my childhood while my nights are spent reading until very late. The only difference is that I do not read under the covers anymore and my bed is a little too small. My mum always called me a night owl. For some reason, I never wanted the day to end, and reading was a distraction that kept me awake for hours and hours even when I was exhausted.
My favourite books were mystery novels. I remember devouring each book by Mary Higgins Clark and was shocked when I found out she was American. I always thought she was French since I read her novels in French. I refused to be fooled again and read Agatha Christie's classics in English. But one of the best mystery novels I read was Le fantôme de l'opéra (The Phantom of the Opera) by Gaston Leroux. The film or musical could never quite do it justice for me, although the music is exquisite. Reading it again today still gives me chills and makes me want to travel back to the 1880s.
And then I discovered Leroux's Le mystère de la chambre jaune (The Mystery of the Yellow Room). I had the book for a while, but never got around to reading it. Afraid I would be disappointed maybe. I finished it in an afternoon. The book is part of a series and I immediately ordered Le parfum de la dame en noir (The Perfume of the Lady in Black). With the book in mind, it seemed only fitting to compile a film list with yellow spaces as the main source of inspiration. Hopefully you will enjoy this list as much as I had fun putting it together.
P.S. Matt this list if for you!
1. The Boy Who Turned Yellow (Directors: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1972)
A boy who just lost his pet mouse is dismissed from class for falling asleep and finds his whole world turned yellow on his way home, from the tube to the people around him.
2. Possession (Director: Andrzej Żuławski, 1981)
A woman starts to exhibit strange behavior after asking her husband for a divorce, which leads to something far more sinister than suspicions of infidelity.
3. Matilda (Director: Danny DeVito, 1996)
A girl, who happens to be a genius, develops psychokinetic abilities and uses them to deal with her chaotic family and the tyrannical principal of her school.
4. Audition (Director: Takashi Miike, 1999)
A widower accepts to screen women at a special audition in the hopes of finding a new wife, but the woman he chooses is not all she seems to be.
5. Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
A waitress decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, amid her own isolation and while finding her own sense of happiness along the way.
6. Kill Bill (Director: Quentin Tarantino, 2003)
A scorned bride and former assassin seeks revenge on her peers after they attempt to murder her and her unborn child, culminating in a face off with her leader.
7. The Darjeeling Limited (Director: Wes Anderson, 2007)
Three estranged brothers travel across India on a luxury train in an attempt to re-connect and bond with one another, following the tragic death of their father.
8. American Hustle (Director: David O. Russell, 2013)
A con man and his partner are forced to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in which they are tasked to pull off a sting operation on corrupt politicians.
9. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 2014)
An actor known for playing a superhero tries to revive his career by mounting a Broadway adaptation, but is faced with setbacks in the form of his alter ego Birdman.
10. Revenge (Coralie Fargeat, 2017)
A woman who is assaulted and left for dead in the desert recovers from her injuries and sets off to seek revenge upon her three attackers.
11. The Perfection (Director: Richard Shepard, 2018)
A musical prodigy and cellist meets the new rising star of her former school, but things quickly take a sinister turn soon after their encounter.
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