Melancholia and the Infinite Sadness: A truly Dark Side of the Rainbow

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When first told about the idea to combine Lars Von Trier’s cinematic ode to romanticized depression with the mid-’90s classic from Smashing Pumpkins, what struck me was the obvious similarity of titles. But then the little things start to add up:  Kirsten Dunst’s character in Melancholia is named Justine and the Pumpkins song “1979” also features a character by that name; “Justine never knew the rules.”

David Plate, a multi-media artist who goes by “MK Ultrasound,” has collected a list of correspondences between the two pieces of media (enough that he considers Von Trier may have utilized the album as a direct influence or even intended it as a secret soundtrack). If you want to experience it and judge for yourself, Plate has made this experiment in Xenochrony available to the public:


 

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