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Today’s Birthday: MAURICE CHEVALIER (1888)


Maurice Chevalier (1888)

Chevalier was a French actor, singer, and vaudeville entertainer known for his trademark tuxedo and straw hat. While a prisoner of war during World War I, Chevalier studied English. After the war, he began acting in the US, where he appeared in movies that helped establish the musical as a film genre. Though he put on a heavy French accent while performing in English, he actually spoke the language quite fluently with only a subtle accent. Why did his popularity dwindle during World War IIMore…Discuss

 

MAX BRUCH – Violin Concerto No, 1 in G Minor. Op. 26. – SHLOMO MINTZ/Claudio Abbado/Chicago Symphony


MAX BRUCH – Violin Concerto No, 1 in G Minor. Op. 26. – SHLOMO MINTZ/Claudio Abbado/Chicago Symphony
For more information on violinist, Shlomo Mintz, please go to his official website at: http://www.shlomo-mintz.com/en/biography

Shlomo Mintz (born October 30, 1957) is an Israeli violin virtuoso, violist and conductor. He regularly appears with orchestras and conductors on the international scene and is heard in recitals and chamber music concerts around the world

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George Gershwin – Cuban Overture



Born the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants into the vibrant life of Manhattan, George Gershwin created much of the twentieth century’s musical highlights, with an endless stream of hit shows. His fascination with classical music, and his fusion of many varied musical forms like jazz, blues and ragtime, brought us the likes of Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue.

Cuban Overture (running time : 11:16)
Courtesy goes to Richard Hayman and his Symphony Orchestra.
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Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, described aptly as a “Rhumba” , was written in 1932. It is a lively evocation of the spirit of Cuba, bringing together the two sides of composer’s abilities, a synthesis of art, jazz and Latin America.

 

Shostakovitch: The Golden Age (III Polka)



The Golden Age, suite by the russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich(1906-1975) Played by The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink.

The Myriad Trio – At Dusk – Arthur Foote



The Myriad Trio performs Arthur Foote’s At Dusk at the Conrad Prebys Center at UCSD. The group features Julie Ann Smith on the Harp, Demarre McGill on the Flute, and Che-Yen Chen on the Viola. February 28, 2011
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Arthur William Foote (5 March 1853 in Salem, Massachusetts – 8 April 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts)[1][2] was an American classical composer, and a member of the “Boston Six.” The other five were George Whitefield ChadwickAmy BeachEdward MacDowellJohn Knowles Paine, and Horatio Parker.

The modern tendency is to view Foote’s music as “Romantic” and “European” in light of the later generation of American composers such as Aaron CoplandRoy Harris and William Schuman, all of whom helped to develop a recognizably American sound in classical music. A Harvard graduate and the first noted American classical composer to be trained entirely in the U.S.,[3] in some sense he is to music what American poets were to literature beforeWalt Whitman.

Liszt – Spanish Rhapsody, S254 (Hough)


Franz Liszt’s sunny Rhapsodie Espagnole, played by Stephen Hough. IMO, this performance is really playful, beautiful and elegant, spiced with the feeling of improvisation, from which this piece is very likely to have come out from beneath Liszt’s fingers.

Johann Strauss II – Die Fledermaus



Johann Strauss II or Johann Baptist Strauss – Die Fledermaus (Exceperts) “O Morcego”
Title : Johann Strauss II – Die Fledermaus Overture

From Wikipedia,
Die Fledermaus (in English: The Bat;’ in French: La Chauve-souris’) is an operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Carl Haffner and Richard Genée.

The original source for Die Fledermaus is a farce by German playwright Julius Roderich Benedix (1811–1873), Das Gefängnis (The Prison). Continue reading

Wishmaster (1997) – Fear the djinn (this goes to Einstein, who’s awaken the djinn: Why Albert, why? )



Once, in a time before time, God breathed life into the universe. And the light gave birth to Angels. And the earth gave birth to Man. And the fire gave birth to the Djinn, creatures condemned to dwell in the void between the worlds. One who wakes a Djinn shall be given three wishes. Upon the granting of the third, the unholy legions of the Djinn shall be freed to rule the earth. Fear one thing in all there is…fear the Djinn.
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This is a horror movie… Some of the effects not recommended for squeemish folk!

The Intro to one of my favorite movies, produced by Wes Craven. This clip has the first of many cameos from various other horror franchise actors in the film. The Narrator being the actor who plays the ‘Tallman’ in Phantasm.

 

Today’s Birthday: ELWYN BROOKS “E. B.” WHITE (1899)


Elwyn Brooks “E. B.” White (1899)

After starting his writing career as a reporter, White settled in New York and became known for his impeccable prose style as a contributing editor of New Yorker magazine. Talented in diverse genres, he collaborated with James Thurber on satire, wrote the classic children’s books Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web, and revised William Strunk Jr.‘s grammar and composition text The Elements of Style, which became a definitive writing guide. How did White know Strunk?More… Discuss

 

All That Jazz ” You Better Change Your Ways ” Time for change…for a change



All That Jazz 
Ann Reinking 
” You Better Change Your Ways “

Gounod – Funeral March Of A Marionette



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One of Gounod’s short pieces for piano, “Funeral March of a Marionette”, received a new and unexpected lease of life from 1955 when it was first used as the theme for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The March was one of the eight records that Alfred Hitchcock selected to take to his desert island when he appeared on the BBC radio program Desert Island Disks in 1959. The March had earlier been used to produce equally suspenseful moments in F. W. Murnau‘s American silent film, “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” (1927) and Harold Lloyd‘s first sound film, Welcome Danger (1929).om 1955 when it was first used as the theme for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The March was one of the eight records that Alfred Hitchcock selected to take to his desert island when he appeared on the BBC radio program Desert Island Disks in 1959. The March had earlier been used to produce equally suspenseful moments in F. W. Murnau’s American silent film, “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” (1927) and Harold Lloyd’s first sound film, Welcome Danger (1929).

 

Simply…Unforgettables: “Vacanze romane (Roman Holiday) “-1953



Roman Holiday is a 1953 romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess out to see Rome on her own. Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance; the screenplay and costume design also won…

Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 — 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Hepburn was ranked as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and a place in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She was active during the Hollywood‘s Golden Age. Continue reading

On The Street Where You Live – My Fair Lad


Song from the Broadway musicalMy Fair Lady” sung by the character Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Presented in its theatrical form from a video clip from the 1964 movie version and its popular standard sung by Vic Damone.

The character Freddy Eynsford-Hill was portrayed by the British actor Jeremy Brett. Although a singer in his own right, his singing voice for the film was dubbed by Bill Shirley, an American singer-actor.

 

Quotation: Lucy Maud Montgomery on “kindred spirits”


Kindred spirits alone do not change with changing years.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss
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Carl Maria von Weber – Polonaise Brillante, Op. 72 (arr. Franz Liszt)


Jerome Rose, piano. Philharmonia Hungarica, Richard P. Kapp.

BBC Proms: British film music, 4/14, Maurice Jarre – Lawrence of Arabia – Theme



 

Cover of "Lawrence of Arabia (Single Disc...

 

 

 

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William Grant Still (1895-1978) : The American Scene (1957) – selection



William Grant Still (1895-1978) (USA)
The American Scene (1957) — selection : The Far West ; The Southwest ; The East
Dir : Richard Auldon Clark

« The American Scene » réunit cinq suites/ « The American Scene » brings together five suites (No. 3 « The Old West » ; No. 5 « A Mountain »).

Suite No. 4 : « The Far West » 
- The Plaza (Los Angeles) (2.11)
- Sundown Land (4.21)
- Navaho Country (2.17)

Suite No. 2 : « The Southwest » 
- Grand Teton (3.03)
- Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (7.07)
- Song of the Riverman (6.37)

Suite No. 1 : « The East » 
- On the Village Green (2.35)
- Berkshire Night (4.32)
- Manhattan Skyline (3.05)

On collectionCB, collectionCB2 and collectionCB3 we can also listen to William Grant Still : orchestration of James Price Johnson‘s « Yamekraw » (1927), « Old California » symphonic Poem (1941), « Mother and Child » for orchestra (1943), « Poem for orchestra » (1944), « Festive Overture » (1944) and « Sunday Symphony » (1958).

L’un des plus grands symphonistes du Nouveau Monde est l’Afro-Américain William Grant Still qui fut d’abord l’élève de l’académique George Chadwick puis de l’avant-gardiste Edgar Varèse avant de trouver définitivement sa voie : le militantisme musical. Toute son œuvre combattra la ségrégation raciale. La symphonie n°1 « Afro-American », composée en 1930 et la symphonie n°2 « Song of a New Race » (1936) sont des chefs-d’œuvre, le premier plutôt tragique, l’autre davantage “Brodway”. Sa troisième symphonie, « Sunday Symphony », composée en 1958, semble une récréation pour celui qui était devenu à Hollywood l’orchestrateur de plusieurs compositeurs célèbres, notamment Dimitri Tiomkin pour le film de Frank Capra « Lost Horizon/Horizons perdus » (1937). On retrouve dans la « Sunday Symphony », mais superficiellement, les composantes du style de William Grant Still : blues et mélodisme, humour et élégance, sur fond de revendications sociales. C’est la dernière symphonie de William Grant Still car les symphonies numérotées par les éditeurs « 4 » et « 5 » sont, en fait, des œuvres de jeunesse tardivement publiées.

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« Viva Hollywood ! » A musical stroll — vol. 1



« Viva Hollywood ! » A musical stroll — vol. 1

1- Cedric King-Palmer : Prelude to a Film (3.06)
2- Eric Swan : Romantic Legend (3.09)
3- Peter Dennis : Holiday in Hollywood (3.00)
4- Peter Yorke : Hollywood Romance (3.03)

The music collected here are not soundtracks.
Les musiques rassemblées ici ne sont pas des musiques de films.

On collectionCB2 and collectionCB3 we can listen to « Viva Paris ! » vol. 1, 2 and 3 ; « Viva New York ! » vol. 1 and 2 ; « Viva Venezia ! » ; « Viva Sevilla ! » vol. 1, 2 and 3 ; « Viva Hollywood ! » vol. 2 and 3.

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Viva Paris ! A second musical stroll — vol. 2


Published on Dec 6, 2012

Viva Paris ! A second musical stroll — vol. 2
1- Hubert GIRAUD : Sous le ciel de Paris/Under Paris Skies (2.20) [1951] Dir : Skitch Henderson
2- Woolf PHILLIPS : Parisian Mode (2.23) [?] Dir : Gavin Sutherland
3- Cedric DUMONT : Les parfums de Paris (2.52) [?] Dir : Cedric Dumont
4- William HILL-BOWEN : Paris Metro (2.30) [?] Dir : Gavin Sutherland
5- Georges AURIC : La Chanson du Moulin Rouge/The Song of Moulin Rouge (2.56) [1952] Dir : Raymond Lefèvre
6- Raoul MORETTI : Sous les toits de Paris/Under the Roofs of Paris [1930] Dir : Raymond Lefèvre

On collectionCB2 and collectionCB3 we can also listen to « Viva Paris ! » vol. 1 and 3 ; « Viva New York ! » vol. 1 and 2 ; « Viva Venezia ! » ; « Viva Sevilla ! » vol. 1, 2 and 3 ; « Viva Hollywood ! » vol. 1, 2 and 3.

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BBC Proms 2010 – Bach Day 4 – The Wise Virgins part 1 and 2




Part 1 of William Walton‘s arrangement of Bach pieces which form his ballet The Wise Virgins. The pieces are:

Mvt. 1: What God hath done is rightly done – Cantata BWV 99 Opening Chorus – Vivace assai
Mvt. 2: Lord, hear my longing – BWV 727 Chorale PreludeAdagio
Mvt. 3: See, what his love can do – Cantata BWV 85/Mvt. 5 – Tranquillo
Mvt. 4: Ah! How ephemeral – Cantata BWV 26 Opening Chorus – Vivace

Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton on 14th august 2010 at the Royal Albert Hall.

 

Today’s Birthday: HATTIE MCDANIEL (1895)


Hattie McDaniel (1895)

McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award, earning it for her role as the maid Mammy in 1939′s American Civil War epic Gone with the Wind. Segregation, still widespread in the American South at the time, prevented her from attending the film’s Atlanta premiere, but when her friend and fellow actor Clark Gable—who had recommended her for the role—wanted to boycott the event, she insisted that he attend. Why does McDaniel have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of FameMore… Discuss

 

Cat Stevens ( Trouble)


Send “Trouble” Ringtone to your Cell

Trouble
Oh, trouble, set me free
I have seen your face
And it’s too much, too much for me

Trouble
Oh, trouble, can’t you see
You’re eating my heart away
And there’s nothing much left of me

I’ve drunk your wine
You have made your world mine
So won’t you be fair
So won’t you be fair

I don’t want no more of you
So won’t you be kind to me
Just let me go where
I’ll have to go there

Trouble
Oh, trouble, move away
I have seen your face
And it’s too much for me today

Trouble
Oh, trouble, can’t you see
You have made me a wreck
Now won’t you leave me in my misery

I’ve seen your eyes
And I can see death’s disguise
Hangin’ on me
Hangin’ on me

I’m beat, I’m torn
Shattered and tossed and worn
Too shocking to see
Too shocking to see

Trouble
Oh, trouble, move from me
I have paid my debt
Now won’t you leave me in my misery

Trouble
Oh, trouble, please be kind
I don’t want no fight
And I haven’t got a lot of time

Send “Trouble” Ringtone to your Cell

Cat Stevens

Everybody knows – Leonard Cohen



Artist: Leonard Cohen

Songwriters: Leonard Cohen, Sharon Robinson

Lyrics:

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
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“Zou bisou bisou” Zubi Zubi Zu, Megan Performing for Don on “Mad Men” Published on Mar 26, 2012 – 680,400 views


Published on Mar 26, 2012 - 680,400 views

Cute performance from Megan for Don’s surprise birthday party. Zou bisou bisou. She stole the show. 

Sorry I left out Roger and Jane’s funny little exchange afterwards.

Roger: Why don’t you sing like that?
Jane: Why don’t you look like him?

NORWEGIAN CRIME NOVELIST TALKS HIS WAY INTO THE RECORD BOOKS


Norwegian Crime Novelist Talks His Way into the Record Books

At 11AM on May 22, Norwegian crime writer Hans Olav Lahlum started talking, and he essentially did not stop for the next 30 hours, 1 minute, and 44 seconds. With the help of interviewer Mads Andersen, Lahlum claimed the record for world’s longest interview, though this has yet to be certified by Guinness World Records. The marathon interview, whose topics of discussion ranged from American presidents to world literature, was broadcast live on the Internet. The previous record holders, New Zealand’s Tim Shadbolt and Tom Conroy, are already considering an attempt to retake the record. More… Discuss

 

TRAINED HONEYBEES COULD LEAD THE WAY TO LAND MINES: Does that mean weaponized bees?


Trained Honeybees Could Lead the Way to Land Mines

Wars may end, but the dangers they pose to civilian populations can persist for generations. In the nearly two decades since the Balkan wars were brought to a close,land mines left over from the conflict have taken the lives of 316 people in Croatia. Of them, 66 were engaging in the painstaking and dangerous process of demining. Now, researchers there are turning to honeybees, which have an incredibly keen sense of smell, in the hope that they can be trained to seek out unexploded land mines with greater accuracy and less risk of inadvertent detonation than current techniques. More… Discuss

Wars may end, but the dangers they pose to civilian populations can persist for generations. In the nearly two decades since the Balkan wars were brought to a close, land mines left over from the conflict have taken the lives of 316 people in Croatia. Of them, 66 were engaging in the painstaking and dangerous process of demining. Now, researchers there are turning to honeybees, which have an incredibly keen sense of smell, in the hope that they can be trained to seek out unexploded land mines with greater accuracy and less risk of inadvertent detonation than current techniques. More… Discuss

Swimming pool bossa party – Mario Nascimbene (Theme from: Dick Smart 2007 (1967) – directed by Franco Prosperi)



Theme from:
Dick Smart 2007 (1967) – directed by Franco Prosperi

Today’s Birthday: FRANK RUSSELL CAPRA (1897)


Frank Russell Capra (1897)

One of the preeminent Hollywood directors of the 1930s and 40s, Capra produced idealistic populist movies that celebrate the virtues of the common American. At age six, the Sicilian-born future director immigrated with his family to the US. After holding various jobs in the film industry, he emerged as a major director in 1928. Within years, he had won his first Oscar. Which of his films is now considered one of the best American films ever made—despite having initially been a box office flopMore… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: JAMES BROWN, THE GODFATHER OF SOUL (1933)


James Brown, the Godfather of Soul (1933)

One of the original inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of the most influential entertainers of the 20th century, “Godfather of Soul” James Brown evolved a highly personal style that combined gospel and blues elements with a spectacular stage presence. During his five-decade career, “the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business” had numerous chart-topping singles and albums. What trademark feature of Brown’s stage shows was inspired by professional wrestler Gorgeous GeorgeMore… Discuss

Hank Williams Sr. – You Win Again


The Portrait of a kind Smile – Natalie Portman (Digital Oil Painting) (My Digital Oil Paintings)


The Portrait of a kind Smile - Natalie Portman (Digital Oil Painting)

The Portrait of a kind Smile – Natalie Portman (Digital Oil Painting)

Chris Botti (trumpet) “Easter Parade”



Christopher Stephen Botti or Chris Botti [BOH-tee] (born October 12, 1962) is an American trumpeter and composer. Born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Corvallis, Oregon, he spent two years of his childhood growing up in Italy. His earliest musical influence was his mother, a classically trained pianist and part-time piano teacher.
He plays a Martin Committee Handcraft trumpet made in 1940, and uses a 3 silver plated mouthpiece from Bach made in 1926, having recently retired his 1920 3C Bach mouthpiece. He counts Miles Davis among his most significant influences.
Botti attended Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon where he studied under Larry McVey whose renowned jazz program had come to be a regular stop for Stan Kenton and Mel Tormé when they were looking for new players. It was here he played alongside his friend, trombonist and future Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Todd Field.
After leaving Mount Hood, Botti studied under David Baker and Bill Adam at Indiana University.

George Gershwin – An American in Paris



An American in Paris is a symphonic tone poem by the American composer George Gershwin, written in 1928. Inspired by the time Gershwin had spent in Paris, it evokes the sights and energy of the French capital in the 1920s.

Gershwin composed the piece on commission from the New York Philharmonic. He also did the orchestration (he did not orchestrate his musicals). Gershwin scored An American in Paris for the standard instruments of the symphony orchestra plus celesta, saxophone, and automobile horns. Gershwin brought back some Parisian taxi horns for the New York premiere of the composition, which took place on December 13, 1928 in Carnegie Hall, with Walter Damrosch conducting the New York Philharmonic.

Conductor: Richard Hayman
Orchestra: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

 

A message from the past re-actualized – same message: The Eagles’s “Hotel California”


A message from the past re-actualized – same message:  The Eagles  Hotel California

“Hotel California” is the title song from the Eagles‘ album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977. It is one of the best-known songs of the album-oriented rock era. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don FelderDon Henleyand Glenn Frey. The Eagles’ original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh. The song has been given several interpretations by fans and critics alike, but the Eagles have described it as their “interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles“.

“Hotel California”
Single by Eagles
from the album Hotel California
B-side “Pretty Maids All in a Row”
Released February 1977
Format 7″ single
Recorded 1976
Genre RockCountry rockSoft rock,[1]Hard rock[2]
Length 6:30
Label Asylum
Writer(s) Don FelderGlenn FreyDon Henley
Producer Bill Szymczyk
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Eagles singles chronology
New Kid in Town
(1976)
“Hotel California”
(1977)
Life in the Fast Lane
(1977)
Music sample
 
 
 
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Interpretation

The lyrics describe the title establishment as a luxury resort where “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.” On the surface, it tells the tale of a weary traveler who becomes trapped in a nightmarish luxury hotel that at first appears inviting and tempting. The song is an allegory about hedonism, self-destruction, and greed in the music industry of the late 1970s.[9] Don Henley called it “our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles[10] and later reiterated “it’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about.”[11] In 2008, Don Felder described the origins of the lyrics:

“Don Henley and Glenn wrote most of the words. All of us kind of drove into L.A. at night. Nobody was from California, and if you drive into L.A. at night… you can just see this glow on the horizon of lights, and the images that start running through your head of Hollywood and all the dreams that you have, and so it was kind of about that… what we started writing the song about. Coming into L.A…. and from that ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ came out of it, and ‘Wasted Time’ and a bunch of other songs.”[12]

The abstract nature of the lyrics has led listeners to their own interpretations over the years. In the 1980s, some Christian evangelists alleged that “Hotel California” referred to a San Francisco hotel purchased by Anton LaVey and converted into the Church of Satan.[13][14] Other rumors suggested that the Hotel California was the Camarillo State Mental Hospital.[15]

The term “colitas” in the first stanza of the song is a Spanish term for “little tails” and in Mexican slang it is a reference to the buds of the cannabis plant.[16]

In a 2009 interview, Plain Dealer music critic John Soeder asked Don Henley this about the lyrics:

“On “Hotel California,” you sing: “So I called up the captain / ‘Please bring me my wine’ / He said, ‘We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969.’” I realize I’m probably not the first to bring this to your attention, but wine isn’t a spirit. Wine is fermented; spirits are distilled. Do you regret that lyric?”

Henley responded,

“Thanks for the tutorial and, no, you’re not the first to bring this to my attention—and you’re not the first to completely misinterpret the lyric and miss the metaphor. Believe me, I’ve consumed enough alcoholic beverages in my time to know how they are made and what the proper nomenclature is. But that line in the song has little or nothing to do with alcoholic beverages. It’s a sociopolitical statement. My only regret would be having to explain it in detail to you, which would defeat the purpose of using literary devices in songwriting and lower the discussion to some silly and irrelevant argument about chemical processes.”[17]

According to Glenn Frey‘s liner notes for The Very Best Of, the use of the word “steely” in the lyric (referring to knives) was a playful nod to band Steely Dan, who had included the lyric “Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening” in their song “Everything You Did“.

Quotation: Samuel Taylor Coleridge on Intolerance


I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of toleration.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss

 

Closer: “Why Wont You Let me Love You?” (“Why isn’t love enough?”)


Closer is a 2004 romantic drama film written by Patrick Marber, based on his award-winning 1997 play of the same name. The movie was produced and directed by Mike Nichols and stars Julia RobertsJude LawNatalie Portman and Clive Owen. The film, like the play on which it is based, has been seen by some as a modern and tragic version of Mozart‘s opera Così fan tutte, with references to that opera in both the plot and the soundtrack.[2] Owen starred in the play as Dan, the role assumed by Law in the film.

The film was recognized with a number of awards and nominations, including Oscar nominations and Golden Globe wins for both Portman and Owen for their performances in supporting roles

Closer

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mike Nichols
Produced by Mike Nichols
Cary Brokaw
John Calley
Screenplay by Patrick Marber
Based on Closer 
by Patrick Marber
Starring Julia Roberts
Jude Law
Natalie Portman
Clive Owen
Music by Suzana Peric
Cinematography Stephen Goldblatt
Editing by John Bloom
Antonia Van Drimmelen
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • December 3, 2004
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $27 million[1]
Box office $115,505,027

Fifth Element – Zorg (the personification of evil) through the great art of Gary Oldman)


“By creating a little destruction we are encouraging life”  Gary Oldman as  Zorg, in The Fifth Element