RARA-AVIS: Re: Phantom Lady / Bride [was: Woolrich recommendations? ]

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 23 Feb 2008

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Allan Guthrie" <allan@...> wrote:
> I thought Matchpoint sucked so badly I'd have walked out of the
theatre if I
> were on my own. And I'm a Woody Allen fan.
> He's almost become a European film maker now. Certainly the
financing of
> late has come from the UK and, latterly, Spain.

The adjective "European" doesn't quite define the idea, I fear... there is way more variety within Europe than within the US, for example. About the financing, there was money from a Spanish producer for three films, of which the Barcelona film has been made. I heard the producer on TV, and he said that the other two films are not going to be made in Spain, though he is still on board. I don't remember the reasons.

By the way, and to make this comment valid, this Catalan producer is a
_very_ hardboiled type. His company is one of the parties in the
"television war" in Spain about who owns the rights to football games.

Anyway, I think that Allen's melos is not for everybody. There are people who didn't like the change from slapstick comedian to his mature style. Just like there are people, and I know quite a few of them, who like early Stravinsky and nothing else he composed after the mid twenties. If the melos turns you off, what can you do? Stuff has to resonate, has to swing. If it doesn't, you should move on. You can't substitute loyalty for enthusiasm.



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