A thing of beauty

Posted by · 3:21 pm · August 25th, 2009

When I headed off to Wales this past weekend to camp out at the Green Man music festival, I wasn’t expecting to find anything to feed my cinephile appetite. (Well, I did entertain the far-fetched possibility of Jarvis Cocker revealing his “Fantastic Mr. Fox” compositions. He didn’t.) But I was wrong.

The best thing I saw all weekend — and one of the most tingly performances I’ve seen all year, musically or cinematically — was a screening of Robert Flaherty’s classic 1934 documentary “Man of Aran,” rescored live by the great indie band British Sea Power. The stark, balletic poetry of Flaherty’s images fused with the lush rock orchestrations of the new score was hypnotic to behold: I can’t imagine anything quite replicating the power of the live performance, but the rescored film is now available on DVD. I recommend checking it out.

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  • 1 8-25-2009 at 5:13 pm

    Aoife said...

    I live near the Aran Islands must finally get round to watching the documentary. Martin McDonagh the director of In Bruges wrote a play set on the Aran Islands during the filming of the documentary called The Cripple of Inishmaan sadly never got to see that either.

  • 2 8-25-2009 at 7:41 pm

    André said...

    couldn’t agree more, Guy! one of the most powerful and beautiful films I’ve ever seen.

  • 3 8-27-2009 at 11:28 pm

    Matthew said...

    A few years ago, The Cinematic Orchestra did a live performance to Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, and I’ve been wanting to see it for a while with the new score. I’ve seen bits and pieces on youtube and it sounded pretty great.