Friday, November 01, 2019

I Lost It At the Movies

Okay, this is pretty much the coolest thing ever.

The guest programmer on my favorite historic film channel tomorrow is...get ready...Bruce Springsteen.

Via Rolling Stone:

Bruce Springsteen will appear on Turner Classic Movies November 2nd to “guest program” the network by picking two of his favorite movies and discussing them with host Ben Mankiewicz. First up is the 1956 John Ford/John Wayne classic Western The Searchers. It will air at 3:30 pm EST. It will be followed by Elia Kazan’s 1957’s masterpiece A Face in the Crowd at 5:45 pm EST.

The interview segments were shot at Springsteen’s home studio in New Jersey... In the first one, Springsteen talks about how his songs are similar to movies. “I write in character,” he says. “And to write like that you need to gather so much cinematic detail, constantly filling the songs with images, images, images, geography, little character traits, things very similar to script writing, really.”

In the second one, he explains how the 1973 Terrence Malick movie Badlands and the 1955 thriller The Night of the Hunter influenced his songwriting on Nebraska. “The thing they have in common is they’re both twisted fairytales,” he says. “Even the score in Badlands had, I believe, glockenspiel — was very fairytale-ish. I took that sound picture and made a record to of it.”

And, needless to say, picking A Face in the Crowd is totally relevant to our current historical moment. I mean, wouldn't it be fabulous if President Mediocre Columbo Villain had his own personal Lonesome Rhodes moment before Bruce's TCM segment?

Hey -- a boy can dream.

Have a great weekend, everybody!


Anonymous said...

The "Face in a Crowd" excerpt is some scary shit much like what we are experiencing today not just in Washington DC but throughout the world.

Captain Al

staccato66 said...

Elvis Costello is working on a stage musical version of A Face In The Crowd.

steve simels said...

Elvis is doing that? Wow.

John Werner said...

A character like Lonesome can't be created in a vacuum, nor can The Donald. It would appear post WWII the sum of all things originating in Washington is that vacuum culminating in massive mistrust and the marginalization of the economic engine of the middle/working class. . In similar environments history has proven some mighty unsettling events can happen. The widening gap between the have and have-nots is coming home to roost. The Millenials, who now should be howmowners (i.e. not simply mortgage holders) and savers with a core nest-egg instead are more buried in debt than any previous generation of their age. Is Lonesome (or Trump) an opportunist the beaten down need or just a ego-centric narcissistic pathological madman who will implode given enough power? We know how the movie went but, stay tuned for the real happenings of impeachment and all that follows. All pain and suffering aside, this movie pick really is more epic now than I previously realized.

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