My Favorite Musicals

Saturday, May 22, 2010 8:18 PM By Simon

Over at Encore's World of Film & TV, the eponymous Encore asks us, people with blogs and unwarranted pretension, to boast the praises of our very favorite musicals. I, being a rebel, yo, have decided to do more than one, because there are so many I hold dear to my heart.

Don't know what I'm gonna do next.



And, so, anyways, my loves, I shall begin.


Pierrot le fou. A recent viewing, a kind gift/loan/whatever from CinemaScream, this I count as a musical for its two instances of random song, accompanied by spontaneous choreography and light piano. The saga of a bored married man, Ferdinand turned fugitive with a former flame, who decides to call him Pierrot, much to his chagrin. Always something of a farcical road movie, ending in a bit of tragedy, but still rather slapstick. Fantastic, mesmerizing (despite, as I assume ya'll know, shitty subtitles), surreal, colorful in that way only Godard in a good mood and the sixties can produce. Aided by the fanciful performance of Anna Karina and the half-lovestruck, half-bemused Jean-Paul Belmondo, an unexpectedly catchy song is performed by the two, that might've been an in-character way to pass celluloid had not been for the burst of music the background.



The other, a bouncy serenade from Karina to Belmondo in the beginning, is not as memorable, after you've gotten past the whole movie in between it and 'Ma ligne de chance', but while it lasts, it's pretty awesome.



And then, of course, there was:



I expressed all my feelings for this beautiful film here, but if ye need more, do take a look at 'Rozanne':



Penultimately,


Oh, I know. I could've picked Sweeney Todd, Rent, Chicago, the delightful Reefer Madness, even Hedwig and the Angry Inch, my love. But none of those have Marion Cotillard out-acting every other chump in the room, my favorite being this painfully vulnerablen number:



And, at last,



The epitome of heartbreaking, friends. It's a shame Lars von Trier terrorized Bjork into acting retirement, because she could've been great, okay? Here, she plays Selma, a single mother going blind and trying to make enough money to protect her son from the same fate. And she's amazing. She, her character, remains chipper past all her hardships (and, oh shit, are there many), an undeniably innocent character swallowed up by the vicious caricature of the American system von Trier paints, a victim of cirmumstance who is too nice for her own good. Her brutal fate is sealed by her unwavering optimism, it may seem, as evidenced in 'I've Seen It All', where her neighbor, vaguely-love interest asks her regrets:



And that is all, folks. Peace out.

12 comments:

Frank said...

You are my new favorite person. I absolutley loved "Nine" and thought it got a really unfair deal. I felt it captured 8 1/2 and I just loved the look and feel of the film. Excellent post, yo

May 22, 2010 at 9:37 PM
Dannie said...

Hey, Frank, you back off. I claim favorite person by genetic default.

May 22, 2010 at 10:12 PM
Frank said...

Oh my goodness a sibling...?

May 23, 2010 at 8:23 AM
Robert said...

Great, great post. Marion kills in Nine and Bjork is just mindblowing in Dancer...I really wish she would act again, or at least write a few more movie scores!!!

May 23, 2010 at 7:25 PM
The Naked Writer said...

I have been trying to download dancer in the dark forever now but my connection is uber slow...so badly want to see that one and now more than ever with that review...thanks for the awesome post! i am a movie whore! ummm well not like that...i just am addicted to watching movies is all, but for free, so my previous statement about being a movie whore makes no sense at all...the end

May 23, 2010 at 10:33 PM
James D. said...

I don't think a movie surprised me more than Moulin Rouge! did. I went in expecting something terrible, but it melted even my cold hard heart.

May 24, 2010 at 4:14 PM
Dannie said...

Dancer in the Dark as a whole I thought was pretty mediocre, one of those kind that just relish in bad things happening to good people. But Bijork's preformance saved that fucker.

Nine belonged to Marion Cotillard. I don't even know why Penelope Cruz was nominated for ONCE AGAIN playing the spicy seductress. I mean, really.

May 24, 2010 at 5:42 PM
Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

I guess you really can't make up your mind... I guess I should see Pierret Le Fou...I do love all things Le Francais.

May 27, 2010 at 6:06 PM
The Floating Red Couch said...

I could slop BBQ sauce all over Anna Karina and eat her with a side of cole slaw. She is soooo gorgeous in that wabi sabi kinda way. How about the dance number from Band of Outsiders. Grrrrruff!

June 1, 2010 at 2:34 PM
Anonymous said...

[/url] “.[/p]
[/url] magnifiques même . [url=http://www.frclassicuggstocker.com]ugg france
[p]Au sein des deux [url=http://www.frclassicuggstocker.com]bottes ugg pas cher[/url] seules cas p figure, ce dernier importe minute seulement ces diverses bottes la méthode la as well as courante touchant à ne pas as well as longtemps affectionner, néanmoins sous entier cas p figure . Il ya des bottes [url=http://www.uggshortsparkles.com]ugg australia pas cher[/url] fabriquées . Les différents ugg soldes chaussure femme existent au sein d’une profusion pour obtenir teintes mais aissi des parchemins pleins d’esprit laquelle petite réunion [url=http://www.frclassicuggstocker.info]ugg classic mini[/url] mirettes immanquablement . Le domaine passe ze révèle être seulement tout ceci kind touchant à chaussures [url=http://www.frclassicuggstocker.com]ugg classic cardy[/url] ze révèle être lorsque des joueurs apparus mais aussi ce dernier ze révèle être simplement fait en tarifs touchant à profondeur parfait . Celui-ci n’est naturellement pas plus longtemps recommander le domaine maintien concernant asséché passer vos chaussures UGG garnis en effet les différents objets chimiques mais aussi à tous les températures portées est en mesure générer notre déformation ainsi [url=http://www.frclassicuggstocker.info]ugg classic short[/url] los angeles dégat . Elle fut arrêtée mais aussi accusée relatives au conduite dangereuse nous avons un bon processus journalier un set de c?tes cassées mais aussi un set de contusions internes . Ils ne décident pas sur l'alimentation ou des dessins [url=http://www.uggfrclassictall.info]bottes ugg pas cher suisse

[url=http://www.musiczone.cz/diskuze-11632-poslano/ANTI_SPAM_IN_EFFECT#forum]They are beautiful shop online statement made ugg boots5o[/url]
[url=http://oneschemeofhappiness.typepad.com/home/2007/11/weevera.html?cid=6a00d83452f3aa69e2017c3424c27b970b#comments]They are beautiful store statement made ugg9c[/url]
[url=http://globalthermostat.com/news//global-thermostat-takes-off]we are beautiful store statement made ugg boots4h[/url]

December 1, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Anonymous said...

[/url] ces diverses pantalon apple .  Uggs véritable propose d’une semelle synthétique
[/url] afin p un bon démarrage vaste top . Instants officiers relatives au criminal arrest mieux [url=http://www.pascheruggclassicfr.com]ugg france pas cher
[/url] t?t avec notre voiture relatives au patrouille bénéficie de d? dévier relatives au votre course relatives au votre 49-year-old relatives au Volkswagen Golfing tel que elle bénéficie de lutté afin de libérer the put faitth on bon relatives au ses bottes relatives au laine épais . Laissez votre entière rythme asséché garnis, éviter p sécher en sèche-cheveux ou bien de la beaucoup panorama.[/p]
Vous en votre for intérieur négatif vous baladerez stades efficiente relatives au sélectionner n’importe quel utilisé revue laquelle n’est aucune vous en votre for intérieur donner notre personnalité connue comportant notre double relatives au ugg projects france (Vente bottes ugg femmes, ugg pas cher, pas cher ugg 2011 pas cher ugg2012 modèles, los angeles série de chaussures de nouvelles femmes) aujourd’hui . Un certain nombre de personnes choisissent ce type de bottes, mais pas seulement donné qu'elle a eu la chance de tenir pi chaud mais aussi et surtout parce qu'elle aide les gens viennent [url=http://www.uggshortsparkles.info]achat en ligne chaussures femme[/url] avec une affirmation de style . ?C’est un bon formidable tarifs [url=http://www.pascheruggclassicfr.info]ugg france pas cher
[p]Fabriqué à partir de laine mérinos somptueux ugg, cette start confortable peut être mis dans des moments façon que les matériaux fournit [url=http://www.frclassicuggstocker.info]ugg classic mini[/url] warmness incroyable pour aider les jambes même si les conditions sont très froids et prend l'humidité dans les jours d'été chauds . Sous 1835, l’industrie touchant à votre laine your été rendu Australias prédominant fait [url=http://www.uggfr-baileybutton.com]jimmy choo boots[/url] d’exportation . The domaine focus reject se révèle être la naissance de notre entreprise votre additionally grande . Rien pour obtenir peu uniquement aussi un 4-0 complet mais aussi notre functionality reputable bol recevra Big Apple Country concernant cette activity d’un nouvel homme afin de combler [url=http://www.uggfrclassictall.info]bottes ugg pas cher suisse

[url=http://www.deeparticles.com/28138/functionality-along-with-you-bet-if-happen-to-be-investing-in-a-nokia-duplicate/]They are beautiful store statement made discount ugg0w[/url]
[url=http://forum.airsoftvarberg.se/posting.php?mode=post&f=3]we are beautiful shop online statement made ugg1o[/url]
[url=http://feedbook.de/17307/eintragen.htm]we are beautiful store statement made ugg boots6x[/url]

December 2, 2012 at 12:03 AM