The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

April 6th, 2011 by Wayward Muse

Michel Legrand’s melody “I Will Wait for You” weaves throughout this deceptively simple “romantic” tale, adding a touch of irony that is more poignant for those raised on the English-language lyrics of this old standard. It’s not your typical Broadway or Hollywood musical, as it’s structured more like an opera—between the more obvious “songs,” where the characters reflect on their inner worlds and heightened emotions, all the dialog is sung in the style known as recitative in opera, a more speech-like singing that moves with the action. This might take a little getting used to for more mainstream modern audiences, but this wonderful film is worth every bit of the effort. Read More…

Hipsters (Stilyagi)

October 16th, 2010 by Wayward Muse

With Oksana Akinshina, who also starred in Ya this year (and Lilya 4Ever if you ever saw that marvelous, traumatizing film about sex trafficking)

In fact this would be an awesome double-feature with Ya (I Am)…both deal with rebellious teens in Russia…in two very different eras..and both are musicals (and both have the lovely Oksana in quite divergent roles)…but Ya is only for the very brave…a very, very strange musical (!) mish-mash of Drug-flick (a la Spun or Requiem) meets One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest…it’s totally surreal…and it has that great, dark, deadpan Russian humor.

Hipsters, on the other hand, is a film many people will loveif they ever get the chance to see it….you can watch about half of it here by clicking the READ MORE link below…at least for now…and see what you are missing  :) Read More…

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