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While attending a medical conference in Paris, American physician Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart), his wife, retired musical theater actress and singer Jo McKenna (Doris Day) and their adolescent son Hank (Christopher Olsen) decide to take a side trip to among other places Marrekesh, French Morocco. With a knife plunged into his back, Frenchman Louis Bernard (Daniel Gelin), who the family met earlier in their bus ride into Marrakesh and who is now masquerading as an Arab, approaches Ben, cryptically whispering that there will be an attempted assassination in London of a statesman. “The Storm Clouds Cantata” is a chorale of the Australian composer Arthur Benjamin. This piece was written for the assassination scene in the Alfred Hitchcock 1934 film. For the 1953 remake of the movie Hitchcock asked his new musical collaborator, Bernard Herrmann, to not only conduct the orchestra on screen but write a new piece as well. Herrmann accepted the former offer but declined the latter, re-orchestrating the Cantata and conducting himself the London Symphony Orchestra, the Covent Garden Chorus and mezzo-soprano soloist Barbara Howitt.
22 Jun 2013
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Host Jonathan London takes you through this week's releases to DVD and Blu-ray, and avoids a Taken 2-esque fate, in this new episode of Pause/Play! New Release to DVD this Week: Branded Taken 2 The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion Collection) The Possession Jackson Five: The Completed Animated Series Woody Allen's Sleeper Notebook: Ultimate Collector's Edition 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity With the Devil Inside The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Life's Too Short: Series 1 Prometheus to Alien: Evolution
16 Jan 2013
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Cat burglar Henry Clarke (Michael Caine) checks himself into a sanitarium for alcoholics in Spain under a false pretense. His true motivation is to get closer to a wealthy clinic patient named Salinas and then rob his magnificent Majorca’s house. Henry is approached by Fe Moreau (Giovanna Ralli) and her much older husband Richard (Eric Forman) to make an alliance. This is is the famous robbery sequence with the superb photography of Gerry Turpin and the music of John Barry: Romance For Guitar And Orchestra, inspired in Joaquín Rodrigo's Concert of Aranjuez. The british maestro conducts The London Philarmonic Orchestra a la Bernard Herrmann in The Man Who Knew Too Much. It's not the only time Barry cameoed - he also appears in The Living Daylights and The Cool Mikado. It's a shame this movie was such a failure, because subsequently one of the greatest 60's film scores I've ever heard has been buried along with it. John Barry has never done finer work, and even appears on-camera to conduct one of the brilliant pieces he composed. During the concert, Michael Caine's robbery is taking place in Marivent Palace, nowadays the spanish King's summer residence in Palma de Mallorca. Last but not least, we have a splendid chancey of listening the catalan guitarist Renata Tarragó, died on 2005.
19 Mar 2012
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