South Sea Island Bolero (1934)

February 26, 2010

With the subtitle of “The Most Bizarre Musical Number Ever Filmed” it got my attention. It’s really worth watching cuz it’s so bizarre! It just keeps going, getting stranger and stranger! Try to stick it out till the end.

I’ll have whatever SHE’S having.

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Leonid February 27, 2010 at 2:25 am

Interesting, it does make you smile, doesn’t it.

By way of contrast, here’s the opening theme from Luc Besson “Transporter 2”:

The music seems to be saying: a grandiose mystery is about to unfold.
What is this?! . . .. . Irony? .. . After all, I only see a black Audi on the screena, and some good scenery.

This is very puzzling. I think the score leaves the listener/viewer in a state of confusion. Do I take the Hollywood sound cliches it at face value, and feel the way I’m “supposed to” (thrilled, drawn into the exposition of the plot) ? Or is this all a joke? Knowing Luc Besson’s style, I would say it’s a blend of both.

Now, every time I see a black Audi (not a rarity, we have Jaguars and Bentleys all over the place here in the Moscow – a city of billionaires), I hear that tune in my head.

I don’t think the film is by any means about product placement, although Audi does look good throughout.

And the score is BOTH effective and memorable.

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