It's time for films from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, French Guiana and Surinam.
It grieves me to lump a whole continent's cinema into one thread, but the fingers of one hand would probably suffice for me to name my South American favourites.
Having said that, I won't be at all surprised if Senor Squeezer manages a list of 40 Bolivian cinematic masterpieces.
Let's kick off with a wonderful film you all know and love (don't you?) :Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) from 1957. What I hadn't realized until recently was that the director was a Frenchman, Marcel Camus and it was a French, Portuguese and Brazilian production.
A big AW welcome please for Elizete Cardoso on vocals.
Mourners were played in by Prince (Purple Rain). The moment for reflection started with Nick Cave singing, 'I don't believe in an interventionist god…' (Into My Arms). It resonates extraordinarily when heard in a crematorium, people dressed in dark clothes, a simple wooden cross backed by a plain curtain behind the coffin. The committal was soundtracked by Dougie Maclean (The Ferry) then we were played out by Prince (Let's Go Crazy).
I'm sure that Afterworders of pensionable age are all over this, but Radio 4 Extra is now Iplayering I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again - the current edish featuring country and Western favourite, Cactus in my Y fronts.
I like zombie films. There's a documentary being released in America called Doc of the Dead. It features interviews with many of the main people behind zombie films, such as George Romero, Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero and Simon Pegg. It looks fab and it's airing in the US soon. I'd love to see it, so I thought I'd Google to see whether it has been picked up in Britain for either a TV or DVD release. So I typed the following into Google - Doc of the Dead UK release...
Unfortunately, Google took a different angle and the top choice in the search engine was Harold Shipman's Wikipedia page!!!
(Why on earth would a vendor - of one of the 20 advance printed review copies in existence - think ANYONE would pay £1339.08 for a book that isn't rare? And why £1339.08? Is it in tribute to 13/39, one of JM's favourite time signatures?)
I have had the sniffles for a few weeks now, but on Sunday night I got the works. Headache, blocked up nose, sore throat & achy limbs. Rather annoyingly i am so busy at work it is just a case of having to brave it & as such I am caning the lemsips on a regular basis.
To cheer myself up I watched this when I got to work this morning. It never fails to do so & every time I hear/see this, the world seems a much better place. It is IMHO one of the best pop/love songs ever written & ALWAYS puts a big smile on my face.
Freddie & The Dreamers - You Were Made For Me (live on Blue Peter 1964)
So what do you use to cheer yourself up when feeling a bit blue?
I have two free tickets for the final of Radio Four's Brain of Britain final tomorrow night at Broadcasting House in London.
Admission on site from 5.45pm, studio admission from 6.45pm.
I can't go as my arthritis is playing up, but I'd happily email them to the first to PM me.
I was checking my old diaries to see what I was doing 40 years ago on my 19th birthday. Well apart from getting pissed with Julia I was buying this LP. It's probably my second favourite Stackridge LP (after Friendliness). Today is officially The Man In The Bowler Hat Day. It was produced by George Martin and was the only Stackridge LP to bother the charts with a one week appearance in the Melody Maker Top 30.