Not pleasant, not even slightly,  and only a limited number of options indoors. World Movie Channel being one of them.
Sometimes I get a bit bogged down in the “Hollywood Syndrome”: “How / why did THAT movie (EVER) get made?”
It was, therefore, something of a relief to find that the “Hollywood Syndrome” knows less about (inter)national boundaries than I had previously imagined. I watched a French movie that was stupid, predictable and unimaginative. A quiet narrative filled with cliche, pointlessness and awful acting . And preciousness. A bit reassuring really, to know that non-Anglo speaking cultures don’t always get it right, either.
I was  drawn to the movie because I’d seen an appalling performance of the same name at “the Fringe” a couple of years ago. Lightning does strike twice, it seems.
Jean-Luc Godard was my entry to French film making, I was lucky, I had a very good art teacher in my last year of high school. Godard was of the French “new wave”.
One of Godard’s favourite actors, Anna Karina, died this week. She was 73. Deborah Harry, “new wave” of a different sort, would have been perfect in “Alphaville” (“Alphaville: une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (Alphaville: A Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution) is a 1965 French New Wave science-fiction noir film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It stars Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Howard Vernon and Akim Tamiroff.” Wikipedia)*. Instead she was wonderful in what was the pretty awful “Videodrome” (Cronenberg).
I’ve just recently, “accidentally”, acquired a turntable ( I resolved to buy only old blues records: first purchase? “Excitable Boy” by Warren Zevon followed immediately by the eponymous “Blind Faith”. So much for my resolve. Must keep an eye open for the soundtrack to “Borsalino”, not “French new wave” but “French gangster” with Delon & Belmondo. “Bande à part”  is “French /new wave /  gangster / Godard / Karina” but not Delon & Belmondo. Delon was perhaps the most handsome man on earth at the time. And Belmondo was unbeatable, though his face looked like it had been beaten many a time (“As a boy he was more interested in sport than school, developing a particular interest in boxing and soccer. Belmondo made his amateur boxing debut on 10 May 1949 in Paris when he knocked out Rene DesMarais in one round. Belmondo’s boxing career was undefeated, but brief. He won three straight first round knockout victories from 1949 to 1950.  “I stopped when the face I saw in the mirror began to change,” he later said.Wikipedia)
*Just to close the circle, there was a very good Adelaide band of the very late seventies called “Lemmy Caution”.