Synesthesia fascinates me. No, I'm not talking about the Japanese thriller about a serial killer with the disorder, I'm talking about the disorder itself. Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which one's sensory pathways became crossed, resulting in perception associations that are otherwise unrelated. For example, some people who suffer from synesthesia always think of the color blue when they also think of the number 3, or when they hear the words "mashed potatoes" they taste bacon. Yes, it's a very abnormal affliction, my question is...does this ever happen to you with movies?

I can think of one specific title that applies to me. The 1980 film Ordinary People, directed by Robert Redford and starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton, is inextricably (and inexplicably) linked in my mind with John Knowles' novel A Separate Peace. I have absolutely no idea why, but I cannot watch more than 10 seconds of Redford's film without having immediate memories of reading Knowles' novel freshman year in high school. What's even stranger is that I really don't remember much about A Separate Peace, my memories of it have more to do with the teacher who assigned it than the material. I know the stories have little to do with one another, but it's gotten to the point where I cannot segregate the two when I think about them.

So, please, tell me I'm not crazy; tell me there are other people out there who suffer from cinematic synesthesia. Do you watch The Goonies and get flooded with thoughts of jumping in puddles as a kid? Does Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen make you taste terrible Chinese food? I'd really love to know I'm not the only person this happens to.
categories Cinematical