What is the meaning of the word "Fall" in the movie title Legends of the Fall? Does it mean "autumn" or does it mean "downfall"?
I am native German speaker and I cannot currently figure which one is meant here. Both meanings would make sense to me.
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According to IMDb trivia:
The title refers to the biblical fall from innocence. In Sweden, however, the title was translated as "Höstlegender" meaning Legends of the Fall (the season, as in autumn). Similarly, in South Korea, the title was "Gaeul-ui jeonseol" interpreting "the fall" as the autumn season. The same in France, where it was named "Légendes d'automne" also in Romania, named "Legendele toamnei".
Perhaps it refers to autumn, since the story, is told through the eyes of an old Cree scout who remembers time in terms of seasons.
In my opinion, Jim Harrison, the author of the novel with the same name, meant the title to serve both interpretations.
Simple lingual logic: As the Ludlows are of Cornish decent (and proud of it, all though Anthony Hopkins mostly speaks with the sound of his native Welsh), they most likely will NOT use American English for the season - that is, if the title suggests a season, it would most likely have been "autumn". So. Along with the plot, it can only mean the downfall or falling (apart) of a family, values, moral, civilization (contunue the list at your liking as you choose an interpretation among the many possibilities). A modern version/theme of the Buddenbrooks or any other family saga-novels.