I had an interesting but random thought last night. Recently, hadara posted her Colloquy Paper, and there has been an interesting thread on the Film Score Monthly Message Board about the role of music in a film. This got me thinking about that topic, and on a tangent Dangerous Liaisons popped into my head. As a period film, it has a lot of baroque music, which stands in contrast to George Fenton's original score, which is written in a traditional Hollywood musical vocabulary, inspired more by the 19th Century Romantic sound than it is by the contemporary music of the era being depicted in the film. I find it an interesting postmodern quirk that the more "conservative" element of this film's musicscape is the symphonic score itself, which is more modern than those that are period appropriate. Nevertheless, it is through this sound that the emotional and dramatic aspects of the film are focussed.
Of course, Dangerous Liaisons is far from the only movie to have this occur in its score; it just happens to be a very good example because of the quality of the film itself, incisive choice of source music and a very rich original score. However, place this relatively innocuous example against something like Ladyhawke, which was a Medieval fantasy film scored in a rock idiom by Andrew Powell. While this score has some fans that saw the film at an impressionable age, it is a case where the score is clearly not working with the film; if the movie works at all, it is in spite of the score.
This is, of course, an emotional reaction. Technically, there is really not that much bigger of an anachronism to have the rock music in the film than it would to have a modern symphonic orchestra. The latter is the more apparent choice because of the Hollywood tradition, but it really doesn't make any more or less objective sense.
Stolen from jenvargas is this (just because I was amused by the concept):
|Your Lucky Underwear is Yellow|
You're an extremely happy, laid back, fun soul. And your lucky yellow underwear can help you get even more out of life.
In life, you rather play than work. You're apt to quit any task that doesn't nourish your creativity and inner child.
Sometimes your drive for freedom hinders your quality of life. You find it impossible to do anything unpleasant.
If you want to have responsibilities and still have fun, put on your yellow underpants. They'll help you make a party out of the most mundane tasks.
...and a Survey:
1. Are you a child of the 70s 80s or 90s?
Born in the 70s, raised in the 80s
2. Where were you born?
New York City.
3. If you were born in another country how old were you when you moved to the u.s.?
New York City!!!
4. What city did you grow up in?
New York City!!!
5. Did you enjoy your childhood?
It had its ups and downs.
6. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
I don't think I ever really found any sort of focus until I got older.
7. What was your favorite toy when you were little?
Legos and Star Wars action figures.
8. Name the first memorable vacation you took as a kid?
We used to go to Montauk every year. That was nice.
9. What was your first best friends name?
I don't have one single best friend, but rather a consortium of committed acquaintances employed for maximum comfort across a vast geographic area (can you tell I'm getting tired of this question?).
10. Are they still your best friend?
No, I've had most of my original batch of committed acquaintances liquidated for being insolent.
11.If not, who are your bestfriend/s now?
I don't know, they're all so insolent...!
12. How did you meet them?
To take at least one of these questions seriously, a lot of my friends I met in high school, a few in college, quite a few at Tower and some at work.
13. Can you name all the schools you ever attended?
Yes, I can. Why?
14. Who was your first crush?
I can't remember her name.
15. Were you a shy quiet kid or a very wild and roudy kid?
I was actually kind of loud.
16. When you were little what did you do for fun?
A lot of reading.
17. Were you closer to your Mom or Dad as a kid?
My mom. My relationship with my father was never really all that close.
18. Do you have any embarrassing school stories to share?
I used to act out a lot, but I don't remember any real details.
19. What was the first record, tape or CD you remember buying?
First record: One of Bernard Herrmann's Decca LPs, Psycho: Music from the Great Thrillers.
First tape: The New American Orchestra travesty of Vangelis' Blade Runner.
First CD: Jerry Goldsmith's Total Recall.
20. How old did you want to be when you got married?
Probably younger than I am now.
21. How old to have kids?
I don't know. I'm not too familiar with raising livestock.
22. Were you scared of anything?
Nothing in particular. The zombie thing didn't show up until I got much older.
23. What was your favorite class in school?
Aside from my film classes, it would probably be Astronomy because I never actually had to do any work or studying to get straight As.
24. Did you buy school lunch or bring your own?
At first I bought school lunch. After a while I got so disgusted by that I started bringing in my own.
25. Broken any bones?
26. Were you a meanie head or miss priss?
25.Favorite board game of all time?
Here's a hint: a minute to learn...
28. Did you play house or pretend to be a super hero?
I wasn't so into play-acting as a child.
29. Random memory from when you were a kid?
I remember pointing at somebody in the elevator of the building we lived in and the door closed on my finger. As I recall, I did quite a bit of howling at the time. I also remember George eating my doughnut on my birthday.
30.Seriously... are you still just a kid at heart?
Yes. In good ways and bad.