Thursday, March 24, 2016
Thursday Movie Picks-Music Biopic
This week it is all about music Biopics and talk about range! Where does one start? Well, head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to check out what the others have chosen. I have picked these three....
1. TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY-1946
Ah-the great time of the musicals and there were quite few "biopics" that were just an excuse to showcase the famous stars. This is supposed to be about Jerome Kern played by Robert Walker who was the boy next door (more like the bad screwed-up boy next door in real life) to movie goers. We hear about his life and the songs he composed and those memories proceed to great moments of singing and dancing. If you wish to just sit back and enjoy talent, you should watch this film or any other music biopic with a slew of stars. One blecch note of the times is the great Lena Horne who sings here but the studio could easily cut her part out when shown in the Southern States. A funny note, Judy Garland got a kick out of singing "Who" because she was pregnant at the time(with Liza Minelli).
I chose this biopic about Chopin instead of the Cornel Wilde version because I enjoyed this one more. Hugh Grant plays the sickly Chopin at the beginning of his romance with the rebel George Sand played by Judy Davis. They meet at a nice little(little??) home of a countess who likes to think she knows art and music. You get to see all the little intrigues and fun times. Well acted, funny and yet you see the issues the people had especially the love affair of these 2 historic figures.
3. IMMORTAL BELOVED-1994
Now this is a beautiful film...at least to me. This stars Gary Oldman as Ludwig Van Beethoven, who is my favourite composer. The "Maestro" had written a letter long ago to his "Immortal Beloved" and now, his former right-hand man is on a quest to find out who the lady is. Through his search, you get to not only learn about this complex man but the 3 main women in his life. You feel his pain of his father's abusive ways through his music but you also feel the love this man had for nature and for his immortal beloved. By the way, the letter is real, Beethoven really did write this and many still wonder who this letter was for. This film gives one possibility. When I heard the 9th Symphony and saw what Beethoven may have thought in this film...it brought tears to my eyes. Oh, by the time Beethoven wrote his 5th Symphony, he was deaf!
Which films would you pick?