January 5, 2015

Dreams and memories of flying

The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, 2013). How strange that just yesterday we were talking about the dreams and memories of flying that Werner Herzog put into the mouths of Walter Steiner and Dieter Dengler and then Herzog turns up as a voice actor in the dubbed version of the final Miyazaki film, itself a stunning romance about dreams and flight. The Herzog moment is one of deep seriousness. Compared to the best-known Miyazaki – Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away – this is more old-fashioned in tone, not at all supernatural and with a melancholic mood and ambivalence. Weather is so beautifully done: has anyone ever animated wind, rain and snow like this before?