Tuesday, December 16, 2008
When Does the Music Do Disservice to a Film?
Audrey Hepburn reading.
BEAUTY IN TROUBLE was a terrific little film made in the Czech Republic. But I had one problem with it--one I don't recall having often at other films.
It used music from a very recent movie quite extensively. And that movie, ONCE was so clearly Irish that I'm not sure how the music was appropriate for a Czech movie. I kept thinking about that when I should have been reading subtitles. Where is the connection?
But the real problem was that since the music was so new and so inappropriate to this film, it pulled me out of this movie and back into that one. Suddenly I had images of street singers in Dublin instead of blue-collar workers in Prague.
I think music in movies should be so familiar you have no trouble identifying it or so unfamiliar you don't even try. When it's like this---it's very distracting. By my count, there were four tunes from ONCE used here. What do you think? Have other films used music from a two-year old film this extensively. Why would the director choose to do this?