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Yesterday I was watching Empire of the Sun, which is a troubling movie in many levels (but not quite as troubling as JG Ballard’s other works), and the Welsh lullaby Suo Gân punctuates a key scene of the film.
Bryn Terfel performs my favorite version of Suo Gân. You can buy the MP3 from Amazon, but it was also used in this beautiful short film, The Dinner Guest by Joe Gleason, to great effect:
Here’s Bryn, with a piano accompanist,
Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. May God bless you and your family and loved ones.
Yes, it’s a chick flick.
I must have been the only blogger on earth to not know that Julie Powell blogged her way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking , an endeavor that brought her fame and movie rights. This is yet another thing (like coming up with Ninja Turtles action figures named after Renaissance artists) I wish I had thought of first; would blogging my way through Cocina Criolla bring me movie rights? And, if so, would J-Lo want to star in it?
But I digress.
The movie is two stories in one, Ms Powell’s, and Mrs. Child.
What a revelation it was.
While I have been known to do Julia Child’s “Bon appetit!” falsetto at times (two glasses of Malbec help), watched her on TV, and bought The Book (no way I’d cook all 524 recipes, thank you) I knew very little about Julia Child. It turns out Julia was a very strong woman who worked for the [warning: annoying audio starts when you click on the next link] Office of Strategic Services – the movie doesn’t dwell into that – during war, traveled the world, married a great guy and had a fabulous marriage, and persevered in bringing about a literary (and culinary) masterpiece.
Best of all, Julia was resilient, fun, and terrific.
Compared to larger-than-life Julia, poor Julie comes across as self-absorbed and whiney. Paul Child is interesting, strong, and supportive; Julie’s husband pales by comparison. The movie also takes a few jabs at Republicans, a distraction that has nothing to do with anything other than perhaps Paul Child‘s career in the Cold War years.
In all, you wish the movie had more Julia and Paul.
Purists will also notice that the movie’s boef bourguignons (there are at least three) have lots of carrots and celery cooking in the stew, while the recipe in The Book (volume 1, page 316) only has 1 sliced carrot. Julia’s TV recipe in the first show of The Frech Chef omitted the carrot altogether,
Who is this guy?
Is he a Dude wannabe?
No, it’s Ralph-pronounced-Rafe Finnes (his little brother is Joe, pronounced “Joe”; and no, they do not have a brother named Dalph-pronounced-Dave), preparing for an upcoming role.
Maybe Ralph-pronounced-Rafe could make it to the next Lebowskifest (Seattle, August 10-11). All he needs is a bathrobe.
For those of us who remember The English Patient, here’s a tear-jerking moment,
Blogging on more serious matters shall resume shortly.
starring the fabulous Alan Bates,
Nice article on CNN by Migdalia Romero, author of Tango Lover’S Guide To Buenos Aires: Insights And Recommendations,
The prelude to tango begins at the moment that two people stand face to face and listen silently to a few notes of the music, before settling in on the embrace and beginning to dance.
Tango is a dance that stresses elegant walking and close attention to the music. More than anything, if you are new to it, just enjoy the scene. Notice the subtle movements of the dancers, the ways in which they negotiate small spaces and crowded dance floors, and the delicate way they accomplish the seductive invitation to dance.
Master Card has a nice ad on tango tourism,
Sally Potter chose a magnificent group of milongueros for that particular number, among them the brilliant Omar Vega (now deceased) and Carlos Copello.
La Ideal is a great place to dance and to watch dancers. Don’t miss it, if you go to Buenos Aires.
Love theme from one of my favorites, Cinema Paradiso,
Congressman Allen West stopped by Bloggers’ Row and answered our questions,
Among his remarks,
“If your policies (i.e., the Obama administration’s) have failed, the only thing you can rely on is the politics of envy and divisiveness.”
“I am about economic freedom, not economic dependency.” Asked about his interview in the film Runaway Slave, “we’ve got to get more people off the economic plantation.” Here’s a link to the film, Runaway Slave. I attended a preview last night, and recommend it.
Here’s Allen West’s speech at CPAC,
And video of him at Bloggers’ Row
Video of the full Bloggers’ Row session,
Finally, a movie I liked gets an Oscar nomination,
Oscar Nominations Announced: ‘Hugo’ Leads with 11, ‘The Artist’ 10, ‘Moneyball’ and ‘War Horse’ 6 Each, Jonah Hill 1
Including best actor for Jean Dejardin, whose Douglas Fairbank’s face dances on a Gene Kelly body, and best supporting actress for Berenice Bejo.
Maatkare reviews The Artist,
‘The Artist’ Review: Ode to Classic Hollywood Crushes Soulless Modern Films
A fun movie, starring Jean Dujardin, who looks like someone mixed Douglas Fairbanks’s genes with Gene Kelly’s with great success
If you like the Turner Movie Classics and Kevin Brownlow’s Hollywood, you’ll like this
And yet, the movie transcends mere pastiche. In one scene, Bejo wistfully interacts with Valentin’s empty tailcoat in the most chaste yet erotic movie moment in recent memory. In another, Bejo luminously ascends a flight of stairs clad in white as Valentin descends, dressed in somber gray, in the iconic Bradbury Building (seen in “Blade Runner” and many more), a perfect melding of themes and production design.
There are even some noir undertones.
Oh, yeah, I even love the dog.
Go see it.