Monday, March 26, 2007

Caramels, Bonbons et Chocolats

"Paroles Paroles" by Dalida & Alain Delon (1973)

One of the most pleasurable movies I own is Alain Resnais’ romantic-musical comedy On Connaît La Chanson (1997), in which Resnais, as an homage to Dennis Potter, uses French pop songs that actors lip-sync to.

The movie deviates from the conventions of the musical genre in interesting ways. Resnais only uses song fragments, never complete songs. He’ll toss the song shards in briskly and briefly, sometimes in the middle of a sentence. Dialogue and song are simply two different modes of ‘speech’ here, the only distinction being that the songs represent a character’s private thoughts or reveries, unheard by other characters. Herbert Ross’ wonderful Potter adaptation Pennies From Heaven (1981), with Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters and Christopher Walken, uses a similar idea.

Also, like Potter, Resnais uses original recordings rather than modern re-recordings or the actors’ own singing voices. And the characters never break into song and dance (there’s no dancing at all); they simply interpolate song bits into their dialogue without any change of tenor.

The movie features one of the best-kept secrets of cinema acting of the last decade or two: the crack ensemble that Resnais has been deploying consistently, with some permutations—Sabine Azema, Pierre Arditi, André Dussolier, Lambert Wilson, etc. These four also turn up in Resnais’ new (and strong) film, Coeurs (U.S. title: Private Fears In Public Places), which is being released here in a few weeks.

Resnais: "Nicole Vedres, with whom I worked as an assistant in 1947 on Paris Mil Neuf Cent, told me one day that the novel, in its descriptions of love and its melodies, could never match so-called popular or music-hall songs. And I've often noticed that popular songs accompany the acts of our everyday lives. If we behaved at all naturally, we'd use song lyrics in conversation."

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“Paroles Paroles” [mp3], by Dalida and Alain Delon, is one of the songs featured in On Connaît La Chanson. Its appeal comes through even in the charmingly dated clip above, from a 1970’s French TV show. The arrangement is pure bossa-nova, complete with flutes and finger-picked acoustic rhythm guitars and subtle, pastel-like strings. (I’m reminded of the work Claus Ogerman did for Jobim.) The entire “B”-section is a beauty, with some lovely melodic turns and a couple of great, hair-raising chord changes right before it heads into the chorus. (The “B”-section kicks off with “Caramels, bonbons et chocolats” and spans 1:00 – 1:30 and 2:45 – 3:15 in the clip.)

A big shout-out of thanks to one of my daily reads, the omnivorous and erudite Belgian blogger Jan of Jahsonic, for tipping me off to "Paroles Paroles" on YouTube!

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I occasionally teach in France for a couple of weeks in the spring, and picked up the DVD of the film on one of my trips. The film was released briefly and weakly in the U.S., and never came out on DVD. I searched high and low for the soundtrack CD in France, with no success. I have a few of the individual songs on other CDs (e.g. by Jane Birkin or Maurice Chevalier) but would love to get my hands on the entire soundtrack disc. I recently managed to track down Mancini’s soundtrack to Howard Hawks’ Hatari after a few years of searching, so I’m not giving up hope for On Connaît La Chanson. If anyone has a lead, I’ll be eternally grateful!

And now, I’m wondering: is there a great soundtrack album that has eluded you? Or, alternatively, a film you wish had a soundtrack album you could own? Perhaps we could collectively share our soundtrack wants here….


Blogger Gareth said...

Your post immediately reminded me of another instance of lip-synching to a Dalida song, in the film Mina Tannenbaum, which makes liberal and quite moving use of "Il venait d'avoir 18 ans".

I'm afraid I can't, though, suggest a source for the soundtrack; I loved the movie.

March 26, 2007 4:29 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks for the tip, Gareth! I'll have to watch Mina Tannenbaum.

btw, I forgot to put this into my post: here's a YouTube version of "Paroles Paroles" with printed French lyrics, karaoke style.

March 26, 2007 4:44 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

The last time I looked the Alloy Orchestra soundtrack to Man with the Movie Camera was unavailable, though it's the best one I've heard. Of course it's on the DVD and it's a silent film so it's converted painlessly enough, but I'm sure the tracks have titles other than "Chapter 1" and so forth, and I'd love to read the liner notes....

March 26, 2007 4:49 PM  
Blogger Flickhead said...

I'll second Tuwa on the Man with the Movie Camera score by Alloy Orchestra.

I love Jack Nitzsche's music for Cutter's Way, a woozy score fronted by a glass harmonica. There's also a Nitzsche vocal on "Old Enough to Know", used during the dance scene with Bone and Mo. As far as I know, a soundtrack was never issued.

There's also some interesting music in Roeg's Man Who Fell to Earth by Papa John Phillips. Three scenes that come to mind: the electric guitar solo when Tommy and Marylou hunt for property; the banjo music when Tommy sees the old farmers; and that terrific piece when Oliver's lover goes out the window (along with his barbell) and Bernie Casey emerges from the pool. No soundtrack as far as I know...and I've always been curious about Tommy's album, "The Visitor", shown in the film. A collector in Manhattan once told me that was an actual album, but he could've been pulling my leg.

March 26, 2007 5:37 PM  
Anonymous jim emerson said...

Supposedly there's a CD of the soundtrack here.

And, in Germany, here.

March 26, 2007 6:44 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Holy Crap! Indeed there is, Jim!

A thousand thanks. I shall put a lil' thank-you package in the mail to you, my friend...!

March 26, 2007 7:15 PM  
Anonymous Brian B said...

One of my personal favorite soundtrack-less films is a relatively obscure (and admittedly absurd) one: "Scream Baby Scream" (dir. Joseph Adler), a Florida-shot horror flick from 1969. I could spend a fair bit of time talking about the film itself, which is a pretty wondrous bit of psych-era regional exploitation filmmaking, but the soundtrack is something else altogether, a truly oddball mixture of cello- and piano-driven "horror" scoring and all-out free jazz. It's credited to the Charles Austin Group, and is really quite remarkable, especially for the genre.

March 26, 2007 10:05 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, Tuwa, Flickhead and Brian!

(Brian -- Just wanted to say that I enjoyed meeting and film-chatting with you in New York.)

March 26, 2007 10:15 PM  
Anonymous cinebeats said...

I love the "Paroles Paroles" song! I listen to it way too much. Dalida is wonderful and Delon just has one of the sexiest voices ever.

A few soundtracks that I'm desperate to own are Frédéric Botton's experimental electronic score for Popsy Pop and Gerald Lee's funky score for Black Shampoo. They're available on vinyl, but the Popsy Pop record sells for ridiculous prices on ebay. I'd also love to get the Ganja & Hess soundtrack by Sam Waymon and the Jigoku soundtrack by Chumei Watanabe, but I don't believe they're available.

I know there's more but these are the first ones that came to mind.

March 27, 2007 12:04 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

Me and filmbud Michael Hawley went looking for Dalida's grave in Paris. And we've soaked in so much of her music this past year. He's crafted some incredible compilations.

March 27, 2007 2:55 AM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

For a while I really wanted to get the soundtrack album for Noel Black's second film, Cover Me, Babe. I liked a couple of the songs performed by Bread, a group I normally didn't care for.

I also regretted not getting the soundtrack album for 1900 when I had the chance.

March 27, 2007 5:53 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thank you--Cinebeats, Maya & Peter!

One more soundtrack I was glad to see come to CD; I had worn out the vinyl over the years--Coppola's One From The Heart (Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle).

March 27, 2007 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Darren said...

I would kill for a high quality copy of Stuart Staples' recording sessions from L'Intrus. Actually, I wish he'd put out a full-length collection from his collaborations with Claire Denis.

March 27, 2007 10:18 AM  
Blogger Gareth said...

I would love to get copies of the soundtracks for two Sembène films, mainly because they feature compositions by musicians whose work I like a lot: Guelwaar has a number of pieces by Baaba Maal, used in very clever ways in the film, while Camp de Thiaroye has a soundtrack by Ismael Lo, who also appears in the film. It's not his best work - it seems a bit derivative of Morricone - but there are very effective moments nonetheless (on a side note, I love the way his song "Tajabone" was used by Almodóvar in All About My Mother).

March 27, 2007 11:19 AM  
Blogger phyrephox said...

Aye, I waited through that whole video with bated breath that the trench coated figure would turn around and be Delon!

March 27, 2007 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

Girish: Twisting your question around, I've always wanted to see Peter Medak's Negatives based on hearing a Procul Harum song from the first album that was in the film. Even after Glenda Jackson become a star, Negatives never appeared at the revival theaters.

If you didn't know, you may be happy to read that Frank Tashlin's two Martin & Lewis films are finally out on DVD!

March 27, 2007 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Filmbrain said...

Two soundtracks I spent years searching for were, yes, On Connaît La Chanson and Kusterica's Time of the Gypsies. I found both in Berlin two years ago.

Girish - if you are unable to track down the Resnais soundtrack, let me know.

March 27, 2007 1:47 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

I adore Waits' soundtrack to One From the Heart and have had it on CD for years. It's the best thing Crystal Gayle's ever done. I really wanted Waits to win the Oscar that year.

March 27, 2007 2:43 PM  
Blogger Maya said... for wishes. One high on my list was the soundtrack for Cinema, Aspirin & Vultures which the producer handed to me in Palm Springs. Dream in detail, children, dream in detail.

Now I'm looking for the soundtrack to Bully; anyone got it? I'll trade ya a copy of Another Day In Paradise for it.

Speaking of music, did you get your cds, Girish? Darren?

March 27, 2007 2:48 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thank you, everyone!

Darren--I actually own nothing by Tindersticks, and should definitely pick up some of their stuff...

Gareth--Of the Sembene films I've seen, my favorite score is by Manu Dibango for Ceddo. I'd love to have that on disc.

Daniel--The Samourai-esque cream-colored trenchcoat faked me out too...

Peter--The new Tashlin releases haven't shown up at Netflix yet but I'm keeping my eyes peeled for them.

Filmbrain--If my purchase falls through, I'll surely drop you an email. Thanks for the offer!

Maya--Muchas gracias for the double-barrelled mix!! I've been spinning The Coup, Morrissey and Michael Franti since yesterday....

March 27, 2007 6:44 PM  
Anonymous Darren said...

I got mine, too, Michael. Thanks! I popped it in when Joanna and I were driving around the other night, and she already knew the words to about half of the songs. Apparently many of your favorite songs of the last few years were also popular on our college station. Pretty much everything but the Sonic Youth and Be Your Own Pet is new to me.

March 27, 2007 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Adrian said...

Ah, BADLANDS and FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF are, around the film-web traps, among the two most desired non-existent CD soundtracks! And Malick's THE NEW WORLD has no CD, is that right? (If so, a pity!) But for my money the Holy Grail is Bill Conti's marvellous score for Cassavetes' GLORIA - magnificent music that has accompanied my entire adult life. And brilliantly 'fused' into the film itself: I used to carry around a cassette recording of the whole film, to hear the way the muisc blended with the cries, the car horns ...

March 28, 2007 3:15 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Hi Adrian -- James Horner's soundtrack for The New World (but without the excerpts from Das Rheingold or Mozart's PC #23) is listed at Amazon. And also Bill Conti's score for Gloria, although there appears to be just a single, stray, out-of-print CD of it out there...

March 28, 2007 7:49 AM  
Blogger girish said...

-- Just discovered a filmblog called The Art of Memory. Right now, there's an epic post (with lots of screen captures) on "Trains in Cinema."
-- David Bordwell: Film Forgery.
-- His pneumonia shaken off,Michael Guillen is back with a flurry of posts.
-- Pacze Moj reports on a large film-downloading site.

March 28, 2007 8:17 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

As ever, thanks for the tip of the hat, Girish, and really glad you and Darren enjoy the tunes.

That Art of Memory train post is dazzling and he's an East Bay guy no less!

March 28, 2007 1:34 PM  
Blogger ratzkywatzky said...

I've always wished for a soundtrack to The Long Goodbye (all variations on the same tune). As far as I know, there's not a single recording of the song. Thought maybe Dave Grusin's version would have shown up somewhere by now.

March 28, 2007 7:43 PM  
Blogger aaron said...

I'm still trying to locate an LP of Ennio Morricone's score for MACHINE GUN MCCAIN (even on CD would do, though I have some sample tracks on a number of compilation albums).

A prize soundtrack possession of mine is a cd-r of Jerry Goldsmith's extended score for THE 'BURBS, in which he gets to send-up Morricone and his very own PATTON main titles theme.

March 28, 2007 7:52 PM  
Anonymous jesse said...

Hmmm... it looks like On Connaît received a VHS release--I'll have to track it down, as I've recently had Resnais on the mind with my recent rewatch of Muriel, and this sounds like a blast.

Love that video of "Paroles Paroles," and it is a special song to me, as it was one of the early connections between my boyfriend and I... he told me to listen to Dalida and Alain Delon, I told him to watch L'Eclisse, and the rest is history...

March 28, 2007 11:28 PM  
Blogger Barry said...

Darren, I'm gonna piggy-back you somewhat: Dickon Hinchliffe (also of the Tindersticks) worked with Denis on Vendredi Soir and that is one exquisite score.

March 29, 2007 2:29 AM  
Blogger Noel Vera said...

Bordwell's article on forgeries is interesting. Not quite the same thing, but I wonder what he'd think of Mike De Leon's Duchampish film.

As for soundtracks--I'd love to have the collected music of Minda Azarcon. She did the lovely chorale songs in Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos and the unabashedly emotional flute music in Insiang

March 29, 2007 2:54 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Maya, Ratzkywatzky, Aaron, Jesse, Barry, Noel -- Thank you!

Jesse, I forgot to mention in the post that On Connaît La Chanson was released here under the title Same Old Song, and did get a VHS release.

Aaron, I look forward to your soundtrack posts.

March 29, 2007 7:53 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Mike Newman of Zigzigger has an interesting post on new blogging technologies like Twitter and Tumblr:

"Now there's this new web app that I just started playing with called Tumblr. A Tumblelog is a kind of stripped down blog--more like a scrapbook than an essayistic or diaristic blog--and it's a form that's been around awhile. One of its distinctive features is that it has different formatting styles for different types of entries: posts, links, quotes, conversations, pictures, videos. [...] Like Twitter, Tumblr makes posting things to the web very easy, easier than a typical blog. But unlike a blog, a Tumbl lacks many social features like a default setting for a blogroll, comments, trackbacks, profiles, etc. It's easy to use in part because it has a small number of features. But a small number of features is actually a virtue, because it allows you to focus on certain things but not others.

"I can foresee the term "blog" fading away or shifting meaning as these new forms like Tumblr and Twitter emerge. Lately so many blogs seem to offer magazine-style content, articles and essays in polished prose. I have written some such entries here. Maybe this very entry. But another form of self-publishing online is more about collecting or curating or tracking an ongoing experience than it is like expository writing or punditry. I want to participate in all of these things, but the blog as it is now may not be the best option for the fast, ongoing, process-oriented web publishing. When I find something online that I want to save or share, I may not have much to say about it aside from, "look at this." The form of the blog and the means of posting to it put pressure on the content to be of a certain quality, to be significant and relatively thorough, and to fit the blog's theme. If you're going to take the trouble to blog it, it had better be good. Often I just want to post things I find, though, that don't rise to this level. Often I want to save or share something about which I have no big point to make, and I feel that pointless (or, more like it, point-poor) blog entries are lame."

March 29, 2007 8:15 AM  
Blogger That Little Round-Headed Boy said...

Two soundtracks I'd love to see on CD: John Williams' score for Altman's THE LONG GOODBYE and Dominic Frontiere's score for THE STUNT MAN. With that great Dusty song.

March 29, 2007 11:49 AM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

Oh man, I haven't seen The Stunt Man in probably six or seven years. Shall have to track that one down again; thanks, TLRHB.

March 29, 2007 12:25 PM  
Blogger Gareth said...

girish -

By coincidence I came across an article today (in Focus on African Films) about the Dibango/Sembène collaboration. Apparently Dibango was very reluctant to participate in the project (he saw Sembène as a "man of the savanna and himself as a man of the forest"), and it sounds like the initial stages were quite fraught until Sembène made clear what he wanted!

March 29, 2007 10:08 PM  
Blogger Noel Vera said...

A Long Goodbye album would be hilarious to listen to, I imagine.

Dusty's song (count me in as a Stunt Man fan) was out in a single, I believe.

March 29, 2007 10:37 PM  
Blogger girish said...

TLRHB, Tuwa, Gareth, Noel -- Thanks, guys.

Didn't realize the Dusty song was such a rarity. I'm a Dusty maniac and have wanted to do a large post on her for a while.

Here's the mp3 of her song from The Stunt Man, "Bits and Pieces" ; I'll leave it up for a couple of days.

Gareth -- I remember looking at Francoise Pfaff's book on Sembene when I caught the retrospective about 5 yrs ago, but I didn't know about this book. Thanks for pointing me to it.

March 30, 2007 9:41 AM  
Blogger girish said...

-- Peter Nellhaus returns home from Thailand.
-- Rosenbaum, etc at the Chicago Reader do a clutch of capsules on the Chicago Int'l Doc Fest.
-- A post at Harry's place: Digital Filmotheque of Alexandria.
-- Several new capsule reviews at Steve Carlson's.
-- That Little Round-Headed Boy on the credit sequences from The Avengers TV series, with clips.
-- Weeping Sam at The Listening Ear lists "Every Blogathon I Know Of."
-- At Kevin Lee's: A great collage post of reviews and links on Ophuls' The Reckless Moment.
-- Sweet! Sly & Robbie have a MySpace page.

March 30, 2007 9:55 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Anthony Kaufman on Cannes '07. Projected contenders: new films by Hou, Wong, Tarr, Haynes, van Sant, Sokurov, Breillat, etc.

March 30, 2007 11:48 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

It just never stops, does it? Paraphrasing Alice, "The more movies I watch, the behinder I get."

One of the things I'm gaining particular delight in these days is promoting you guys on SF360! Managed to get a shout out to Acquarello's review of Godard's Two or Three Things I Know About Her, which is screening in SF and which I'll be catching tomorrow afternoon. Has anyone else reviewed this piece that I should know about?

March 30, 2007 1:34 PM  
Blogger girish said...

"Has anyone else reviewed this piece that I should know about?"

Hi Michael -- I noticed a brief write-up by Manohla Dargis.

March 30, 2007 3:17 PM  
Blogger SisterRye said...

I'm looking for the soundtrack to Il Grido. I think parts of it are on an Antonioni soundtrack collection out of Italy from 2000, but I can't figure out where to buy it.

March 30, 2007 5:40 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

Thanks, Girish. I'm really looking forward to seeing this Godard piece.

March 31, 2007 3:03 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Sister-Rye, this appears to be the soundtrack CD, at Amazon; it has music from 4 of his films including Il Grido.

And you're welcome, Michael....

March 31, 2007 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

Speaking of Il Grido, I've been to the condo of the daughter of that film's songwriter. She also has some original drawings by Fellini.

March 31, 2007 7:43 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Here's some Seneca ("On the Shortness of Life"):

"The majority of mortals, Paulinus, complain bitterly of the spitefulness of Nature, because we are born for a brief span of life, because even this space that has been granted to us rushes by so speedily and so swiftly that all save a very few find life at an end just when they are getting ready to live. Nor is it merely the common herd and the unthinking crowd that bemoan what is, as men deem it, an universal ill; the same feeling has called forth complaint also from men who were famous. It was this that made the greatest of physicians exclaim that "life is short, art is long"; it was this that led Aristotle, while expostulating with Nature, to enter an indictment most unbecoming to a wise man—that, in point of age, she has shown such favour to animals that they drag out five or ten lifetimes, but that a much shorter limit is fixed for man, though he is born for so many and such great achievements. It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested. But when it is squandered in luxury and carelessness, when it is devoted to no good end, forced at last by the ultimate necessity we perceive that it has passed away before we were aware that it was passing. So it is—the life we receive is not short, but we make it so, nor do we have any lack of it, but are wasteful of it. Just as great and princely wealth is scattered in a moment when it comes into the hands of a bad owner, while wealth however limited, if it is entrusted to a good guardian, increases by use, so our life is amply long for him who orders it properly."

March 31, 2007 9:32 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

I don't know whether I feel inspired or guilty. Heh. I was going to take the day off from blogging but now I feel like, "You can't, you can't, art is long!!" Is going to catch a Godard revival a sufficient use of my life?

March 31, 2007 12:10 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Michael -- You Bay Area bloggers work so hard! And before I moved to the States, I had the naive impression that Californians were laid-back!

So, yes, you should take the day off from blogging, AND going to see the Godard will be a great use of your day, you'll see...

btw, James Quandt, one of the world's leading film programmers (he runs Cinematheque Ontario), put the Godard film in his all-time top ten along with Au Hasard Balthazar, Playtime, the Rossellini/Ingrid Bergman trilogy, etc. It's an amazing film.

March 31, 2007 12:44 PM  
Blogger acquarello said...

Whoa, Michael actually found an entry from two years B.B. (before blog ;)), I'm touched! I must admit, as much as I resisted the blog format, it's definitely made organizing (and finding) old articles easier. Anyway, I'm still not completely sold on Godard's middle period, but Two Or Three Things I Know About Her is quite a bit Chris Marker-ish in approach, which is what I think speaks to me.

Incidentally, on a slightly related note, the thrice-delayed French boxset of Histoire(s) du Cinéma seems to be imminent now, according to the Gaumont site anyway. Can't wait!

March 31, 2007 2:12 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

Don Ellis' soundtrack for The French Connection seems to have gone out of print. I just watched it again tonight; I didn't remember the music from before but really enjoyed it (and I could not figure out the time signature of the one borrowing Herrmann's violin stabs; I kept expecting it to be 4/4 but when I tried to count it, it didn't work).

March 31, 2007 11:42 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Acquarello, that's great news about Histoires. (Finally!)

And 2 or 3 Things reminded me what a great year 1967 was. I was just browsing Steve Erickson's personal best-of lists and came upon his entry for '67:

1. PLAYTIME (Jacques Tati)
2. WAVELENGTH (Michael Snow)
3. BELLE DE JOUR (Luis Buñuel)
4. LE SAMOURAI (Jean-Pierre Melville)
5. 2 OR 3 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER (Jean-Luc Godard)
6. MOUCHETTE (Robert Bresson)
7. POINT BLANK (John Boorman)
8. BRANDED TO KILL (Seijun Suzuki)
9. WEEKEND (Jean-Luc Godard)

Runners-up: BONNIE AND CLYDE (Arthur Penn), LA COLLECTIONEUSE (Eric Rohmer), DON'T LOOK BACK (D. A. Pennebaker), THE FIREMEN'S BALL (Milos Forman), FLICKER (Tony Conrad), JAGUAR (Jean Rouch), LOVE AFFAIR...OR THE CASE OF THE MISSING SWITCHBOARD OPERATOR (Dusan Makavajev), THE RED AND WHITE (Miklos Jancso), REPORT (Bruce Conner), THE SHOOTING (Monte Hellman).

April 01, 2007 7:53 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Tuwa, it's been over 20 yrs since I saw the movie and didn't remember that Don Ellis did the music...

This morning: A couple of screen capture-driven posts by Jesse at Memories of the Future and Pacze at Critical Culture.

And I just discovered this filmblogger named Shahn and her blog Six Martinis And The Seventh Art. (The title comes from the Aldrich film The Big Knife.)

April 01, 2007 8:02 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Brad Stevens posts some excerpts of Leos Carax on Rocky Balboa in the new Positif.

April 01, 2007 1:17 PM  
Blogger Noel Vera said...

Carax got it half right. The other half is about Rocky's miraculous umpteenth shot at the title, and near heroic win. Traditional underdog fare. But the first half, I thought was interesting (link good till maybe the next Thursday after Holy Week).

April 02, 2007 3:10 AM  
Anonymous Adrian said...


I smell an April Fools Day stunt of the kind that has made Brad infamous!

April 02, 2007 3:42 AM  
Blogger girish said...

OMG, he suckered me 100%....!!

April 02, 2007 6:36 AM  
Blogger girish said...

In retrospect, um, this is funny...

"If PARADISE ALLEY made us think of that orphan's cinema best represented by Laughton's THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER or the early work of Chaplin, ROCKY BALBOA suggests Chaplin's magesterial LIMELIGHT. Once more the author, called Chaplin or Stallone, grown, like his star, called Calvero or Rocky, inexplicably old, dazzles us with a final display of his themes before drawing down the curtain on the fact of his own mortality. This is the death of cinema. Long may it live!"

April 02, 2007 7:45 AM  

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