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“Highland Fairytale”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Spain Directed By Alex Soloviev (2016)

“Highland Fairytale” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film in Montserrat, Spain Featuring an Excerpt from “Haunted Houses” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Directed by Alex Soloviev.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Alex Soloviev

Music by:  Kaı Engel

Narrated by:  Tom O’Bedlam

Highland Fairytale Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Alex Soloviev in 2016

“There’re many places in this world where have you been and missed something that was not included in your tourist guide. When you all of sudden see them, these hidden gems awake you to different points of view by allowing you to transcend your ordinary experiences and imagination. Saw-edged mountain is source of deep impressions caused by the singularity of the place.”

“Haunted Houses” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

All houses wherein men have lived and died
Are haunted houses. Through the open doors
The harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
With feet that make no sound upon the floors.

We meet them at the door-way, on the stair,
Along the passages they come and go,
Impalpable impressions on the air,
A sense of something moving to and fro.

There are more guests at table than the hosts
Invited; the illuminated hall
Is thronged with quiet, inoffensive ghosts,
As silent as the pictures on the wall.

The stranger at my fireside cannot see
The forms I see, nor hear the sounds I hear;
He but perceives what is; while unto me
All that has been is visible and clear.

We have no title-deeds to house or lands;
Owners and occupants of earlier dates
From graves forgotten stretch their dusty hands,
And hold in mortmain still their old estates.

The spirit-world around this world of sense
Floats like an atmosphere, and everywhere
Wafts through these earthly mists and vapours dense
A vital breath of more ethereal air.

Our little lives are kept in equipoise
By opposite attractions and desires;
The struggle of the instinct that enjoys,
And the more noble instinct that aspires.

These perturbations, this perpetual jar
Of earthly wants and aspirations high,
Come from the influence of an unseen star
An undiscovered planet in our sky.

And as the moon from some dark gate of cloud
Throws o’er the sea a floating bridge of light,
Across whose trembling planks our fancies crowd
Into the realm of mystery and night,—

So from the world of spirits there descends
A bridge of light, connecting it with this,
O’er whose unsteady floor, that sways and bends,
Wander our thoughts above the dark abyss.

Highland Fairytale Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Alex Soloviev

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“The Windmill”: A Cinematic Poem Time-Lapse Short Film In Chesterton, UK Directed By Chad Gordon Higgins (2014)

“The Windmill” is a cinematic poem time-lapse short film of the Chesterton Windmill in Warwickshire, England featuring poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow filmed and directed by Chad Gordon Higgins.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:   Chad Gordon Higgins

Music by:  Moby  (“State”)

Poem Read by:  Andrew Charles-Hilton

“The Windmill” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Behold! a giant am I!
Aloft here in my tower,
With my granite jaws I devour
The maize, and the wheat, and the rye,
And grind them into flour.

I look down over the farms;
In the fields of grain I see
The harvest that is to be,
And I fling to the air my arms,
For I know it is all for me.

I hear the sound of flails
Far off, from the threshing-floors
In barns, with their open doors,
And the wind, the wind in my sails,
Louder and louder roars.

I stand here in my place,
With my foot on the rock below,
And whichever way it may blow,
I meet it face to face,
As a brave man meets his foe.

And while we wrestle and strive,
My master, the miller, stands
And feeds me with his hands;
For he knows who makes him thrive,
Who makes him lord of lands.

On Sundays I take my rest;
Church-going bells begin
Their low, melodious din;
I cross my arms on my breast,
And all is peace within.

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