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hutch0
Date: 2009-02-14 00:17
Subject: things you can do with the internet
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I mentioned, some considerable while ago, Mamoru Oshii's 2001 film Avalon, which is notable for a number of reasons. For one thing, it's a cracking little film, Oshii's only live-action feature, a tale of players in a virtual reality game, and I can't recommend it highly enough. For another thing, it was filmed in Poland, with Polish actors. And it includes one of the most haunting pieces of music I've ever heard. I hesitate to call this an Oshii trademark, but Ghost In The Shell also included a three or four minute sequence set to an absolutely exquisite score, which I'm still trying to track down.
Anyway, I've been trying to find this piece of music for a while to share with you so you'd understand what I was raving about, and I finally found it on YouTube. So here are two versions. The first is a clip from the film itself and features Malgorzata Foremniak, the third most beautiful Polish woman on the face of the earth. The second clip, I think, may be the album version. The music's written by Kenji Kawai and performed by Elzbieta Towarnicka and the Warsaw Philharmonic.
Get the film. It is a little masterpiece. Srsly.






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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2009-02-14 01:13 (UTC)
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That is a beautiful score.

Do you like opera, Hutch?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-14 01:43 (UTC)
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I don't, I'm afraid - and I have tried.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2009-02-14 02:58 (UTC)
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I don't like all opera, but some arias I think are quite beautiful. I prefer Italian to German opera, and I enjoy classical, as a whole - actually, all types of music . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-15 00:49 (UTC)
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I don't think I've ever really properly got my head around opera. On the whole, I don't tend to like the music or the singing, which kind of hamstrings my enjoyment. I am, though, rather partial to Carmina Burana, which I think is totally demented.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2009-02-14 10:11 (UTC)
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Ah ha, I've been wondering what that was for years. I could tell it was real music sung by a real singer, but had no idea what it was. We need more films like that, and with a sense of style.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-15 01:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Absolutely. There aren't enough films like Avalon, I agree.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2009-02-15 21:34 (UTC)
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I meant the fifth element, but anyway...
Ahh well, I shoudl have been more clear in what I was commenting about, vis, the Lucia de lammermoor bit.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-15 23:23 (UTC)
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Aha! No, my mistake. Still, you could always watch Avalon anyway...
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-15 00:46 (UTC)
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I'll have to track down the Banquet soundtrack. And thank you for the link to the clip from The Fifth Element. I love that sequence. I have to hide my face in shame and tell you I didn't realise the song the Diva sings is from an existing opera - I thought it was written for the film. Actually, I like the bit after 3:20...
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2009-02-14 05:46 (UTC)
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I've seen that film. Of course, Greg and I subscribe to every weird movie channel available through our cable. I'm sure there are a host of downloads in our future too. Big hugs and smiles, Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-15 00:53 (UTC)
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Good film, isn't it? I'd been hearing about it for years before I finally bit the bullet and ordered it from Amazon. Apparently it could have been filmed anywhere in Europe - Oshii even considered London, which makes me wonder which British actress might have wound up playing Ash - but they finally found the authentic urban wasteland they were looking for in Poland, in Warsaw and Wroclaw, I understand, and hired Polish actors.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2009-02-14 10:15 (UTC)
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Oh, and which bit of Ghost in the shell? I watched it again a few weeks ago, and can't think precisely whcih bit. Watched again, it is a short film, with very little character development. Have you seen the stand alone complexes?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-15 01:11 (UTC)
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It's been a while since I watched it, but as I recall there's a scene about a third of the way through which is just a pan through a cityscape, with a boat travelling along a canal.
I rather liked Ghost In The Shell. It made more sense to me than Akira, although I wasn't interested enough to check out the complexes.
Incidentally, you remember we were talking about Jade Goody? India Knight, a writer I can normally take or leave, wrote a piece in last week's Sunday Times which pretty much sums up how I feel about the whole thing. There's always a danger when the commentariat pronounce on something like this that they come across as patronising, but I think Knight pegs it about right.

Edited at 2009-02-15 01:23 am (UTC)
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2009-02-15 21:40 (UTC)
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Yes, that seems about right in the Knight article.
So, wheres the leadership/ inspiration coming from to pull us back from the brink?
(Of course I have not seen more than 5 minutes of big brother and no interest in Jade goody, I am not one of the guilty ones)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-15 23:31 (UTC)
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I can't see leadership/inspiration coming from anywhere, to be honest with you. We can't trust our leaders, our police shoot us and get away with it, the people who run our banks destroy the economy in pursuit of their own financial and professional advancement, the media will do anything to maintain their market share, kids of thirteen are becoming fathers and the first thing their parents do is try and sell their story to the highest bidder.
*shakes head*
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