Labyrinth – Fun Facts, Trivia & Video Clips

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival presents “Labyrinth” (rated PG) the Jim Henson cult classic starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, Friday, October 19 at the Miners Foundry.  To get you in the mood we’ve compiled some fun facts and trivia about Labyrinth the movie and labyrinths in general. The special screening is part of the Food & Film Series, pairing popular films with a fun and unique dining experience. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the film beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12.00 for Miners Foundry or Magic Lantern Film Society members, and $15.00 for non members, $5 for kids under 12.  Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult.  The ticket price includes one drink ticket.  Enjoy and we’ll see you on Friday!  Get your tickets here! 

The screenplay for Labyrinth was written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones!

 

The “upside-down staircase” ending of Labyrinth is inspired by an MC Escher painting.

The seven Jareth faces are supposed to signify him being all knowing and all seeing.  See if you can spot them all.

15 years later, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop did special effects work on “Harry Potter & The Sorcere’s Stone”, and certain links can be found between this film and Labyrinth.

Michael Jackson and Sting were also considered for the role of Jareth.

Jennifer Connelly was only 14 years old when she played the role of Sarah.

When recording the Magic Dance song for the Labyrinth Soundtrack, the baby wouldn’t provide the necessary coos and giggles. David Bowie ended up making the baby sounds himself!

 

What’s the major difference between a maze and a labyrinth?

A labyrinth only has one path that winds around. Labyrinths are thousands of years older than mazes and although historians and anthropologists debate their original purpose, most cultures share the same basic design and layout for labyrinths. The first recognizable labyrinths date to 2500 BC, though some historians say that cave drawings in Australia and Greece, of spirals and labyrinthine structures, predate that time by 1000 years or so.

A labyrinth is a combination of what two shapes?

Circle and spiral. The earliest recognizable pictures of labyrinths appear on caves in Sardinia dated to 2500 BC. Older spirals that hint of labyrinths appear in Australian aboriginal pictographs and in caves in the American southwest.

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