Time, all the long red lines, that take
Control, of all th smoke-like streams that flow into your
Dreams, that big blue open sea, that can’t be
Crossed, that can’t be climbed, just born
Between, oh the two white lines, distant gods and faded
Signs, of all those blinking lites, you had to pick the one tonight…
Holes, dug by little moles, angry jealous
Spies, got telephones for eyes, come to you as
Friends, all those endless ends, that can’t be
Tied, oh they make me laugh, and always make me
Cry, until they drop like flies, and sink like polished
Stones, of all the stones i throw,
How does that old song go?
How does that old song go?…
Bands, those funny little plans, that never work quite right.
J’ai rêvé sous l’eau – I Dreamt Under Water
Pictured on the poster is the main protagonist Hubert Benhamdine (as Antone) and Franck Victor (Alex) his bud from a scene from the start of the movie.
The quality of photography by Hormoz stands out, His direction a match for the full bodied story co-written by Philippe Arrizabalaga. IMDB says “In this savagely engaging drama fill with heart, lust and emotion, a bisexual man’s personal journey through the dark Parisian night opens his mind to a myriad of sexual possibilities.” Hmm, sounds like a lovely shopping trip – it ain’t a shopping trip nor is it “lovely”! Hubert Benhamdine the main protagonist is on cam prob 98% of the film,[sure to shock some]..simple story well executed, get the dvd.
Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza is a work of art. I found it in the end quiet moving, like the protagonist Jep Gambardella, you, come see it’s beauty, what beauty really is. I would advise seeing it in a cine. I am fortunate to have the best cine in Dublin close by, the Lighthouse, which is a fitting venue. It is a story of an aging writer who recollects his lot, his life, his presence. La Grande Bellezza di Paolo Sorrentino. [The photo below is of Paolo and the film’s central protagonist Toni Servillo.].
Paolo also directed This Must Be the Placefrom 2011, which had Sean Penn as the main protagonist.
The wry perfectly goofy pic by Nocturcal is of Sean Penn’s character in This Must Be The Place. I hadn’t realised the same director did both, which was a great surprise.
This Must Be The Place is worth the seeing for Penn alone, Is only worth seeing for Penn alone. It is a folly, in comparison and if Paolo were to make it better, get rid of all other characters except his wife, the male kid, the mother and the old man. It’s wonderfully set in Dublin too, mostly. Saying that I’ll get it out again.
La Grande Bellezza’s beautiful score is rendered on a CD set, one with eighteen tracks the other with twenty one including The Lamb. Via EMI, The compilation includes choice pickings from La discoteca, performed by Exch Pop True [bootleg below] and Everything Trying, written and performed by Damien Jurado.
La Grande Bellezza’s Far l’amore by Bob Sinclair below.