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In Company With Ives

Posted at 2:19 PM on September 7, 2006 by Bob Christiansen (1 Comments)
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"Are my ears on wrong?" said Charles Ives to his nephew, and I repeat in response to the movie musical list. Not that I quibble with any that are on it, but I will send up a quiet, lonely voice in favor of "Moulin Rouge." It can stay at number 25, that's fine, but I found it surprisingly entertaining in a totally offbeat way.

It certainly can't translate to the community theater circuit, because so much of it involved computer enhancements and scenes that only work with modern video techniques. For that reason it doesn't really fit into the standard genre of movie musicals. I'm also finding that too much time and culture change have passed to let me really enjoy those old classics. Not that I'm jaded, I just find the sensibilities of the 30's and 40's stilted and uncomfortable.

Or maybe my ears are on wrong and I just love the unlovely, like "Ishtar...yes, Ishtar." I liked that too, though not enough to want to own the dvd.


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I think, Bob, that the reasons some of like that "stilted and uncomfortable" music from the 30s and 40s is that it reminds us of a time that didn't really exist. For me, it is when my parents were growing up, and I like to think the world was more like what was portrayed in those films and plays... even though I know with certainity that it was not. Not that we should live in the dreams, but sometimes we need to visit there to find the energy to keep coping with more modern challenges... like maybe having to watch Ishtar again?

Posted by TerryW | September 8, 2006 7:32 AM