Fuel your baroque style creative inspiration with the movie A Little Chaos by Alan Rickman
How wonderful it was to watch the Little Chaos again featured on the BBC this week.
The movie a Little Chaos by Alan Rickman is the right movie to fuel your creative inspiration if you are a beginner’s photographers.
The film follows Kate Winslet as she moves from her successful career as an architect to designing gardens and landscape architecture. She takes on the challenge of restoring France’s famous gardens at King Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles, which was in danger due to neglect and lack of funds. You’ll find yourself wanting more to know more after watching this flick because there are so many inspiring moments that will make you want to go out and take pictures!
The first time I came across this movie was when I was nervously film browsing on TV and getting so bored by what was on offer. I went treasure hunting on Netflix. I was looking for something special without knowing exactly what I was after as mainstream movies are not my type. I seem to have a weakness for period drama at the moment, I fell head over heels for War and Peace the BBC drama, inspired by Tolstoi book which I bought, 1300 pages to read!
Browsing on Netflix I came across a title which attracted my attention: A Little Chaos by Alan Rickman. The movie is based on the story of an 18th century woman Sabine de Barra who was hired to design gardens and landscapes for Louis XIV, despite not being fully accepted in her field at that time.
I found it a bit weird at first that the story was set in England with English actors but you get used to it. I guess its because Louis XIV was so much part of my history lessons that I did find it a bit ackward.
Kate Winslet plays the role of Sabine de Barra, she gets hired by André le Nôtre (Matthieu Schoenartz) considered as the greatest landscape architect in France, for Louis XIV king of France to help shape his new garden at Versailles. In this movie we see her working on one of Le Nôtre’s most famous creations-the Bosquet des Rocailles also known as The Bosquet de la Salle du Bal.
The fanciful romance between Le Nôtre and Madame de Barra is all coming out of Alan’s imagination (or his screenplay writers), the story is set in 1682, while Le Nôtre was close to 80 at the time. Under strong influence of baroque style which is like a magnet inspiration for me. Some of the images could have been featured on Baroque paintings or out of a Boho Chic Wedding blog or website; colourful home decor with lush fabric costumes, bewildered blossoms and dreamy pictures haunted by Sabine’s daughter ghost.
The romance between Le Nôtre and Sabine is like a slow burning candle, small glances at first. But not for long–hands touching as well as notes being passed back and forth during the days when they could find privacy in each other’s company to be with one another in this way. Sabine’s passion is under threat by the mischief and the intrigues played at the Court, which does not bode well with her direct and straight forward talking. Le Nôtre’s wife is another vilain to her, even though she was the one to instigate an open marriage.
The photography, the landscape, the garden, the flowers , the drawings, the architecture are well thought through, the rythme is keeping a good flow, not getting tangled in a complicated intrigue. We encounter the Princess Palatine married to the Duc d’Orléans, if you want to throw yourself in this period era, her letters will give you a good account of the flow and sprit of the time.
Here are creative ideas from the movie to enchant your interiors or create a set for a photoshoot
- Buy some house plants as a new room decor,
- Think of something that you would not consider as mainstream, lay some small candles along the pathway in your garden.
- Break the mould, set up the movement and shake it gently.
I encourage you to watch the movie and see what inspires your creativity. Please share which of these 17th-century baroque inspirations resonated with you the most-tell me in a comment below. And if none of them did? Well then, please share some other creative inspiration that has helped open up new possibilities for your photography!