Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Musical Memories of Movies

A gramophone playing Edith Piaf's "Te Es Partout" in a French town square is the image that stayed with me long after watching Saving Private Ryan. The mood of gentle melancholy it created was the finest signature for the movie.

Background score and theme music is a little different because they actively strive to achieve that effect. When successful, there is a certain audio-visual harmony about the movie that enhances the pleasure of watching it.

The violin quartet "Pur una Cabeza" in the Scent of A Woman recreates fragments of the evening when I watched the movie each time I hear it. Music like that has a kaleidoscopic effect. I know that I will be surprised by the medley of memories that will come back.

1 comment:

SeaSwallowMe said...

hey there HC,

that was one of my favorite scenes in the movie (admittedly not many, just the first & the last 20 minutes & a few scenes like this one). especially since it framed what came next in delicious irony. the music ends with the rumble from the approaching German Tiger tank squad.