Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Poulenc and Woody Allen

A couple of brief thoughts.

At this moment, I'm listening to a Poulenc wind trio on NPR's "Performance Today." By way of introduction, the host quoted a writer who described Poulenc's music as having 'something of the
monk and something of the rascal.' Of course, Poulenc's piano work "Perpetual Movement" is the source of the theme music as well as a recurring motif in Rope. And that desription quoted above could also apply to the the murderous Brandon and Phillip, who lived an intellectually and sexually cloistered life, and who were also quite rascally. Likewise, that could be an apt description of Alfred Hitchcock himself, who claimed to live a celibate (monklike) life, but was also rather rascally in his own way.

On an unrelated note, if you haven't seen Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run (1969), you may want to rent it. In the course of the movie, the bungling criminal Virgil Starkwell (Allen) falls in love with the beautiful Louise (Janet Margolin). In an early scene, they dine at San Francisco's Ernie's restaurant, in a clear parody of the Ernie scenes from Vertigo. Lotsa laffs.

Joel Gunz

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