In the Pink

Saturday, 12 March 2016 17:56
songofcopper: (fred)
This Friday I’m tasked with saying a few words to introduce a film showing. (Film club time again!) I think my words shall indeed be few: rather than loose off a tirade o’trivia, I’ll just share a few brief personal impressions. Let’s face it, any old so-and-so can look up trivia on the internet (in other words, do it yerself, fact fans). Besides, I’m not an expert (on any topic, least of all cinema!). All I can bring that is mine alone to give is… my perception. *flutters ridiculous quantities of eyelash*

Yes, well, anyway - the film I’ve picked is one I’ve seen numerous times, but not very recently - and I’m not going to re-watch it in advance of the showing (I want to anticipate enjoying it again, in company, rather than taking a Mastermind-specialist-subject-revision approach). It’s one that has a distinctive look, a mischievous sense of humour, and stars some of our most beloved Silver Screen Luminaries. It’s silly and frothy, but does dip a toe into potentially-serious notions of identity, personal authenticity and the masks we wear for one another and ourselves. (Plus, it’s a musical. I imagine that may divide opinions right there.) My title of choice is ‘Funny Face’, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

Just now, rather than elaborate a comprehensive overview of the film in this, my own cosy little corner of the Entirenet, I have it in mind to plumb a tangent inspired by one of its songs. Namely, ‘Think Pink’.

Pink to Make the Boys Wink )

Oxford Baggage

Thursday, 5 December 2013 17:31
songofcopper: (fred)
"Whither shall I wander?" ponders Cosmé, looking down upon the World (as per usual). "It's a straight toss-up twixt Oxford (Exeter College, I think - some accommodating swain will invite me in for tea, scones and wistful gazing) and Paris (that café where the torch-singer competes nightly with feuding Surrealists throwing food in fits of fury…). Nineteen-thirty-three, indeed."

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Nineteen-Thirty-Three )
songofcopper: (cary grant & katharine hepburn <3)
Good morning LJ.

I have an invitation for you: take a moment or two and enjoy these two snippets - the bookends to my musical life. ;-)

First... Fred Astaire.  I'm sure there are some groan-inducing racial stereotypes on display here (an entirely black workforce... hmm... keeping jolly with some nice music... ye-es...) but let's not worry about that.  Just listen to the good advice herein (SLAP THAT BASS!!!  I do hope that's not a euphemism...) and enjoy the elegant embodiment of syncopation that is Fred.  I swear he is the reason why I find rhythm so damn fascinatin'. ;-)  Also... if I was a man, I would totally dress the 1930s way.  (I sometimes do anyway - wide legged flannel trousers and co-respondent shoes are the way forward!  Très garçonne, non?)


(Link here in case of embedding nightmares...)

Parte Deux: Philippe Bussonnet.  (Oh yes, him again... sorry chaps!)  Here he is doing what he does best.  I shall be (hopefully, barring any mishap) in Paris in February, experiencing this live!  Oh my god!!  I may FAINT. ;-)


(Once again, here's a link in case of zargleglarble.)

There you have it!  A short journey from Then to Now, across some strings. ;-)

[NB: I was finding Youtube irksome earlier - irksome and vexatious.  If it says 'This video is no longer available', insult it freely and then follow the links.  Keeping hitting 'refresh' until it becomes less coy. ;-)]

Now... go and have yourselves a lovely day. ^_^

songofcopper: (cary grant & katharine hepburn <3)
Good morning LJ.

I have an invitation for you: take a moment or two and enjoy these two snippets - the bookends to my musical life. ;-)

First... Fred Astaire.  I'm sure there are some groan-inducing racial stereotypes on display here (an entirely black workforce... hmm... keeping jolly with some nice music... ye-es...) but let's not worry about that.  Just listen to the good advice herein (SLAP THAT BASS!!!  I do hope that's not a euphemism...) and enjoy the elegant embodiment of syncopation that is Fred.  I swear he is the reason why I find rhythm so damn fascinatin'. ;-)  Also... if I was a man, I would totally dress the 1930s way.  (I sometimes do anyway - wide legged flannel trousers and co-respondent shoes are the way forward!  Très garçonne, non?)


(Link here in case of embedding nightmares...)

Parte Deux: Philippe Bussonnet.  (Oh yes, him again... sorry chaps!)  Here he is doing what he does best.  I shall be (hopefully, barring any mishap) in Paris in February, experiencing this live!  Oh my god!!  I may FAINT. ;-)


(Once again, here's a link in case of zargleglarble.)

There you have it!  A short journey from Then to Now, across some strings. ;-)

[NB: I was finding Youtube irksome earlier - irksome and vexatious.  If it says 'This video is no longer available', insult it freely and then follow the links.  Keeping hitting 'refresh' until it becomes less coy. ;-)]

Now... go and have yourselves a lovely day. ^_^

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