Tuesday, October 2, 2007
My favorite movie and music of the past summer
The movie and musical love of my summer was Once. I saw the preview, and went right out and bought the soundtrack, something I've never done before. I was so taken with the unique sound, the achingly beautiful voices, the tunes. And I have played it over and over ever since. Then I saw the film. It is a real original. It is a musical, it is a love story, it is quiet and simple, and to me, just perfect. I plan to buy it when it becomes available on dvd. I loved the setting, the story, the close family relationships, Marketa Irglova's clothes (!), and of course, the music. The movie takes its time to tell this little story, and there are long scenes which I thought were wonderful.
The song playing is Falling Slowly, sung by the stars of the film, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.
I was delighted when I showed my son the cd, and he immediately said it reminded him of the Bob Dylan cover, for this was my first thought when I saw it. I always loved that cover. I wanted to be that young, in-love couple, walking around a city. Well, that was in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and Once is set in Dublin, which I think can be compared to that earlier place and time. It is full of young people and music and life. And my boy noticed something further, which I had missed. They are walking on a guitar!