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|Revisiting LOST IN TRANSLATION (& More Than This)
Written by Terry R
(12/3/2012 11:36 a.m.)
I had seen TRANSLATION years ago, and happened to see it listed on TV. Having fond memories of my first viewing, I checked it out, again -- and have watched it several times in the past week.
In the process of revisiting the movie, I got a huge earworm for the melody of a song that Bill Murray sings, in a Karaoke scene. The song is Brian Ferry's More Than This. Murray's an excellent actor -- both straight and comic -- but his singing is just so-so. However, he imbues the song with such melancholy and feeling. Sooooo, I decided I must find the original Ferry song to see what his version sounded like. Oh, my!
I had forgotten the youthful Ferry and just remembered the "grizzled" Ferry of later years. His original version of More Than This shows him to have had a beautiful, sweet tenor voice. Now, I'm in love with Ferry's version of the song! Later, after "life happened" to Ferry (as it does to all of us), his version of the song sounds more like Murray's. (Well, not exactly. ;-)
But, back to LOST IN TRANSLATION. What a little gem Sofia Coppola created! Her Oscar for the screenplay was so well deserved. I just love everything about the film -- the acting, the locations, the sweet story, the quirkiness, the humor. Bill Murray's acting is a tour de force. I highly recommend it. It is, however, a slow-moving film -- so if you don't have patience for slow-moving movies, then it may not be for you.
My last “rewatching” marathons: PERSUASION (Amanda Root) and NORTH AND SOUTH (Richard Armitage version.) And, of course, anything by Wes Anderson and Whit Stillman – who make eminently rewatchable movies.
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