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We'll Meet Again

"We'll Meet Again" is a 1939 British song made famous by singer Vera Lynn with music and lyrics composed and written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles. The song is one of the most famous of the Second World War era, and resonated with soldiers going off to fight and their families and sweethearts.

The song gave its name to the 1943 musical film "We'll Meet Again" which is shown here in which Dame Vera Lynn played the lead role.

The Sounds of Alfonso Cuarón

The Sounds of Alfonso Cuarón from Fandor on Vimeo.

"You know that ringing in your ears? That eeeee . . . that’s the sound of the ear cells dying like a swan song. Once it’s gone, you’ll never hear that frequency again. Enjoy it while it lasts.”

Those are the departing words of Julian (Julianne Moore) after the first meeting with Theo (Clive Owen), the protagonist of Alfonso Cuarón’s apocalyptic masterpiece Children of Men (2006). Julian lays bare the aural motif of the movie. The sound of ringing is a tangible representation of loss, that’ll repeatedly return provoked by the aftermath of explosions. Later on, we learn that the two characters are connected through the grief of their son, a victim of the pandemic. The sound leitmotif returns in this scene, punctuating their waning link. This time, an explosion wasn’t the cause, but instead, the sound rings for the frequency they’ll never hear again: the voice of their departed child.

There are numerous examples of aural patterns in the works of Alfonso Cuáron. Enjoy them while they last.

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The Sounds of Terrence Malick

The Sounds of Terrence Malick from Fandor on Vimeo.

When one thinks of the sounds that fill the worlds of Terrence Malick, the thoughts inevitably land on his seemingly patented and ultra-recognizable voiceovers. In a 2001 article, Joan McGettigan calls attention to the subjectivity of the narration, which “makes us suspect that we have not in fact seen as much as we should, or that at least we have not seen what the voiceover narrators have seen.” That is plain to hear, but what could be easily missed is the way the sounds emitted by natural elements are paramount in the creation of a world larger than the frame.

You can often hear the sounds of birds chirping and tree leaves rustling, when neither are in the frame. Take The Tree of Life, for example, when Brad Pitt’s character leans closer to the pavement of an airstrip, Malick magnifies the sound of a church bell chime. In the next shot, Jessica Chastain hears it too, while lying in bed. Where does the sound come from and who of the two can actually hear it? Does it even exist inside the world of the movie, or is Malick creating it just for us? Here are the elliptical sounds of Terrence Malick.

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Behind the Scenes

Location filming for North by Northwest took place between late August and mid-September 1958. With the exception of the crop duster sequence, location filming was shot chronologically: New York City, then Chicago and finally Rapid City, South Dakota where some of the Mount Rushmore daytime scenes were filmed.

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Cinema de Emergência

Aproveitei o estado de emergência para ver alguns filmes. De muitos tipos. De muitas origens. De décadas variadas. Alguns bons para distrair, alguns só bons, alguns muito bons mesmo. Alguns já tinha visto e revi. Em alguns adormeci. Um resumo aqui abaixo, numa imagem feita pelo Henrique.

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Diz o Nuno: Sendo actor e dj tentei criar uma playlist visual de alguns dos meus momentos favoritos em que a música se aliou ao acting ou à performance (sobretudo humorística). Algo eclético e, espero, divertido. Do pianista Stefano Bollani (que afirma ter aprendido a tocar o “Fur Elise” de ouvido num disco riscado) aos maranhenses Fundo de Quintal OFC numa louca versão funk do “Ameno” dos Era. Espero que se divirtam.

La petite histoire de Gwen la bretonne

THE LITTLE STORY OF GWEN FROM FRENCH BRITTANY (La petite histoire de Gwen la bretonne)" (2008). Directed by Agnès Varda

“un film amical” (a friendly film) - Agnès Varda

The biographical short "The little story of Gwen from French Brittany" is a film about friendship and Gwen Deglise and the Director's first meeting in France many years prior, Gwen's journey to Los Angeles, and her eventual discovery of the American Cinematheque in LA, where the women reunite many times over the years to celebrate film.

Permission to make this film available, by Cine-Tamaris with special thanks to Rosalie Varda.

I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger

The folk song "I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger" was performed by Jos Slovick in the film 1917, directed by Sam Mendes. The a cappella version of the song was recorded by Jos and filmed at Abbey Road Studios in London.

"I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger" arrives in the wake of Thomas Newman’s critically acclaimed score for 1917. Towards the end of the film, actor Jos Slovick appears as a British soldier singing the song to his fellow troops prior to battle. Of the release, Slovick says, “1917 is an incredible film to be part of. It felt like a special moment when we filmed that scene, and I’m so pleased it’s resonating with people. Recording the song at Abbey Road Studios was a dream come true.”

I am a poor wayfaring stranger
Travelling through this world alone
There is no sickness, toil nor danger
In that fair land to which I go

I'm going home to see my mother
I'm going home, no more to roam
I am onlygoing over Jordan
I am only going over home

I know dark clouds will hover o'er me
I know my pathway is rough and steep
But golden fields lie out before me
Where weary eyes no more will weep

I'm going home to see my father
I'm going home, no more to roam
I am only going over Jordan
I am only going over home