During the day, I am at the home office, I work. This is where I spent the last 18 months, like Jack Torrance pissing insideeur from the Overlook Hotel, looking at the laptop screen until I can see my own face looking back. The bottle is beside me; my thumb is on the nozzle. I keep thinking about Persona, whom Swedish scholar Stig Wikander called "a gnomic quest for nothingness Peter Bradshaw describes as "a film to be thrilled with fascination, incomprehension or desire ". The room is cold. The air is thick. After a few hours locked up, I started to shake too.
My wife opens the door and takes a step back. "You sprayed this product here," she said.
"What if I had some? It's grass, it's lavender. It smells of the sea. ”
She wrinkles her nose and reaches out to the window. She said, "It always makes me feel alittle sick, perfume. "
The olfactory dream: why the smell still escapes Hollywood
By Tania Sanchez, co-author with Luca Turin of Perfumes: The AZ Guide (Profile Books) and Perfumes: Le Guide 2018 (Perfuumista)
Perfume and cinema go hand in hand at purgatory. For more than a century, attempts to marry audiovisual art with olfactory art were unsuccessful. No wonder they kept trying. If adding sound to moving images resulted in " talkies "that changed everything, what could the" smells "do for us? Beyond just seeing the explosion and hearing the boom, suppose you inhaled the gunpowder?
But the smells were a failure. Scent of Mystery by Jack Cardiff (1960), the only feature film entirely tracked down byr smells, rigged an entire cinema with pipes and fans at great expense. The plot featured the pursuit of a woman known only for her perfume. He was plagued by technical problems and poorly evaluated.
Beyond the plumbing problems, there is a fundamental psychological problem. Sound and light reach us from afar. As we sit in the dark, our attention fixed on larger and closer-than-life images and sounds, our bodily sense of being sheds, leaving just enough awareness to reach our popcorn.
Touch and smell, on the other hand, work up close. If someone sticks a finger into you, your mind will recover from wandering. If a scent is floating around in your space, you rotate to look for the source. The sense of smell roots you in reality. Maybe that's why it is if rare to dream of smells - and why the scent in movies remains a gadget.
The only exception to the unfortunate marriage of perfume and cinema, the extremely limited edition set of 15 fragrances accompanying the 2006 film by Perfume: L Patrick Suskind's 'tale of a murderer . Perfumer Christophe Laudamiel based these scents on scenes, characters and ideas from the film. They are complex, grandiose, thoughtful, skillfully executed and made of good things, even humor - the one titled "Human Existence" smacks of bad teeth and dirty buttocks.
Away from the distraction of actors, dialogues and decors, perfumes tell their own story: baroque, beautiful and hideous; delicious, frightening or ancient.you were trying to smell them when looking at the photo, you would probably close your eyes. That's the problem: the smell doesn't match the pictures.