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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

TOUS LES MATINS DU MONDE (1991)

Rubbish. There must be some stupidity gene that’s triggered when otherwise intelligent film makers tackle ‘serious’ music. This howlingly unconvincing look at the life, work & social environment of Saint Colombe & Marin Marais (two actual French composers during the reign of Louis XIV) is all about the razor’s edge between artistic genius & madness (oh, how they rage & suffer!), the compromises made in an age of patronage (oh, the indignities!) & babes (OH!). Fortunately, the great Jordi Savall was hired to take care of the soundtrack which is worth hearing without having to mentally filter out the picturesque dramatic nonsense happening up on the screen. Get the CD, forget the movie.

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