“A Room with a View” & nuances

Early 1900. A young English (and passionate) woman visits Italy with her chaperon cousin. In the hotel she meets George, a quiet English young man who gives her a kiss. Back to England, she is to be married to Cecil, an inhibited tight ass aristocrat. Of course, the young man and his father find a house not far. “Lucy begins to tell a series of lies, mostly to herself, about what and who she really wants for and in her life”.

A Room with a View. I love this movie and I watched it many times. At the very beginning you understand that you’ll have fun with the shock between upper class English demeanor and the call of life of sunny Italy.

I was amazed how Forster (who wrote the book) draws footbridges within the two universes. Lucy’s family is wealthy and well educated, but fun-loving (her brother is a light hearted music lover). Forster is anticlerical but his priest character is very smart and funny.

You constantly feel the forces of life and daring possibilities moving strongly under the polite British maneers : the fiery writer character who loves to get lost in the city of Firenze, the cousin Charlotte who struggles between rules and what she likes (or liked), Lucy’s family, the way she plays Beethoven, etc. One of the pleasures of the film is to see the pile of lies needed to keep a “respectability”, until the whole thing crashes down…

This scenario should be studied a little more. I wrote this article because of this tool/structure :

  1. Find two opposite universes A and B.
  2. Show where are the doors and potential bridges between them.
  3. Show possibilities, desires, will to discover and explore.
  4. Show what part of B exists already in A (and vice versa).
  5. Have fun.

This structure can be used for the two faces of yourself, two merging companies, a new couple… what else?

What about the “Ahh screw it!” moment?

Thanks for reading!

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Ommadawn – Mike Oldfield

Well, in 2017, who remembers Mike Oldfield?

I don’t know. Maybe two or three movie lovers who remember the sparkling notes of Tubular Bells…

In the Seventies, this guy was a strange hippie master. Shy, working alone, playing all instruments, mixing piles of flutes, guitars, Phil Glass like synths in loops, percs and strange celtics incantations in haunting symphonies…

Ommadawn, said Oldfield, is a rebirth music. Therefore a crescendo…

This guitar sound…

I chose casually a “rare 7″ single version” (the real one is around 20 minutes long – I put it on the bottom). It was the good old times of English progressive music (King Crimson, Genesis, Pink Floyd), and yeyyyy, I loved it, on my headphones, in these lonely nights you live when you’re at your parents, 15 years old, haunted by unsaid love, huge “I want” energy, and incomprehension.

I imagine, today, his loneliness…

Thank you, Mike!

 

Listen loud, focus on elements (voices, bass, etc) :

 

The whole Face A :

If you really listen and compare with ALL what you know today. Textures, building, structures, sounds, mood, sense of drive, guitar sound, childhood dances, English lights, skies, ecstasy, will, running under clouds, reflections, if you think about how people make music today : what do you think? Who is this Figure in painting, in movies, in novels, today?

 

By Jove ! GILES is a genius cartoonist

Giles was a cartoonist best known for his work for the British newspaper the Daily Express.

He drew mainly single but highly detailed panel, about British life.

I bought dozens of books in UK on ebay for nothing : he’s absolutely unknown outside of Great Britain because his “jokes” were often linked with British events. It’s now outdated, but what remains is so gorgeous that… I had to write about it. I’m thankful, in a way!

I admire him for his sense of space, light and scenery. There are often plenty of funny little details to look for. This gives you a special smile.

He invented a British family, and the star is “Grandma”.

I chose here three panels linked to bad weather. I love the three characters trying to hide from the cold wind in 1, the perspective and the wet road in 2, and the contrast of the guy sleeping and the rain outside in 3.

In a single drawing, you have a whole British mood. You will find plenty on Pinterest. Really, give it a try, watch his sense of image. This guy always knew where to put his camera…

Bloody rain! By Jove!

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