Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Une Femme Est Une Femme- Soundtrack

This is the most literal "soundtrack" album I may have ever heard. It is almost all of the music (and there's a lot in this movie) as you heard it in the film, with dialogue and everything. Each track is very short (I love the fractured energy of early Godard) and because of this and the dialogue, this soundtrack would probably just annoy anyone who has never seen the movie. This is probably Godard's most accessible and upbeat movie, naturally a good place for apprehensive beginners. Michel Legrand's swelling, oozing, romantic score only adds to its appeal. And if you're like me, you've seen this movie enough times to know all the dialogue, even though I don't speak French, this is a special treat. You can experience the movie even if you can't sit down and watch it. It's like a fractured, jumbled audio book, and seeing as it's a Godard film, what else would you expect?
A fun fact: Godard and Legrand wanted to make a realist musical. Somehow they had an advance private screening for themselves and Gene Kelly. Kelly was confused and frustrated since there was only one sung song and no choreography. He thought Godard and Legrand had lost their minds.

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