All the Mornings of the World (1991):
Sometimes when we call something an "art film," our meaning is
imprecise. We're just referring to films made for the tiny so-called
arthouse audience which prefers films made for their sensibilities to
the films made by mainstream commercial filmmakers. When I refer to
this one as an "art film," however, I am being quite literal. It is
about the nature of art itself, and that same struggle between art and
The story is centered around two men who played a fairly important
role in the development of French music. Marin Marais was considered
the master of composing for and playing the viola de gamba, a
seven-string predecessor to today's cello. Monsieur Sainte Colombe was
Marin's teacher, and is credited with having added the seventh string
to begin with. We know a bit about Marin, who was a courtier, but very
little about Sainte Colombe. The latter was an austere man, possibly a
practicing member of the Jansenists, who were kind of a 17th century
French equivalent of the Amish, in that they preached simplicity and
preferred the simple country life to the pomp of the Sun King's court.
Sainte Colombe lived in a country estate and gave modest
at-home concerts for his neighbors. He had two
daughters who sometimes accompanied him in chamber performances when
they came of age. That's about all we have, other than the music for
some of his compositions. We don't even know his first name.
All the details of the film are supplied by
the imagination of the author of the novel upon which the screenplay
is based. In his version of the story, Sainte Colombe is a widower who
is tormented by guilt for not having been present when his wife died.
Since he had only two ways to communicate to the world, his music and
talks with his wife, her death left him with nothing but his music. He
was offered a position as the court violist, but passed on the
opportunity because he played music for the love of it, not for the
glory or financial rewards. As imagined here, Marain Marais (Guillaume
Depardieu) comes to him as a young man from the working classes who
has learned everything that his other music teachers could offer, and
now seeks out Sainte Colombe to top off his education. Sainte Colombe
is persuaded to take on the lad, not because of his admittedly
outstanding musical skills, but because of the grief in his voice.
Their relationship doesn't work out at all. To
the young Marin, music is his path from the lower classes all the way
up to the king's side. To Sainte Colombe, this is the wrong reason to
be playing music. He tells the lad, "You may make music, but you are
not a musician." By the time the two men sever their ties, Marin has
impregnated one of his mentor's daughters, but he turns his back on
both the old man and the daughter, and marches off to the glory and
glitter awaiting him in Versailles.
central question which the film asks is, "Did the young Marin Marais
make the right decision?" Subsumed in this theme is the matter of
whether Marin knows or thinks about that decision. The story is told
in flashback by old Marin (Gerard Depardieu, Guillaume's father), as
he looks back on his own life and uses his experiences to form a
cautionary tale which he uses to instruct the youngsters of the court.
All the Mornings of the World is a slow-moving, humorless
French film filled with
grief, tragedy and sadness. The old man is lost in his music and his
daydreams about his late wife. The old Marin is filled with regrets
about decisions he can never reverse because, "All the mornings of the
world are without recall."
The oldest daughter (Anne Brochet) is shattered when her lover
abandons her for the splendor of Versailles, so she despairs, takes to bed,
and eventually takes her own life. The somber tone of the film is
accentuated by the heartbreakingly sad and low tones of the
bass viola music, much of it actually written by the two real composers who
were the models for this fictional story.
Are you still interested in this subtitled film after
reading all that? Assuming that the whole concept is appealing to you,
there is certainly no quality barrier. It won a bunch of Cesars (seven
wins, including Best Picture, in eleven nominations), the French
equivalent of Oscars. It is a very good film with excellent period
details, impressive costumes, aesthetic visuals, generally good
acting, and baroque music which was chosen perfectly for the subject
matter. I had to struggle through the first ten minutes, which
basically consist of a single camera on Depardieu's bloated face, but
after that I did get involved.
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Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Midnight Warrior (1989) is a thriller. The one comment at IMDb suggests that they started with a good idea, and botched it. I agree that the film is badly botched, but am not sure which concept the writer thought was good, the official plot outline, or the actual plot. The plot outline reads, "A TV news cameraman, hailed as a hero for pulling a woman from a burning car, finds that his ratings-hungry boss is deliberately placing him in dangerous situations in a quest for even more ratings." In fact, after the rescue, our guy only covers one more story, a ground breaking ceremony with the state governor that is interrupted by an assassin in a helicopter. Given the rest of the story, this must have been arranged by our hero's boss, although the spectacular assassination attempt and fiery helicopter explosion is just dropped from the narrative.
Our hero, played by Kevin Bernhardt, is supposedly a ladies man, and we see him in bed with an unidentified waitress who shows breasts and buns, and with reporter Heidi Paine, in a sex scene that starts in a shower. She is his network reward for being a hero. She shows breasts and a hint of bush in this scene.
IMDb readers say 3.6, with a whopping 7 votes. Mine will lower the rating. The acting was completely incompetent, the film was ineptly assembled from bad photography, and the plot was full of enough holes to use as a strainer. This is a D-, or maybe even lower.
Pat's comments in yellow...
BIKINI MODEL TEACHER INVESTIGATED
I Saw Her In A Van Halen Video - At West Boca Raton High School in Florida,
social studies teacher Erica Chevillar, 25, is being investigated after a
parent complained that risque photos of her are on the Internet. In
college, the sexy blonde Chevillar was a bikini and lingerie model under
the name Erica Lee for the USA National Bikini Team, some of whom became
Playboy Playmates. A school spokesman said this might be a "big concern"
because teachers are supposed to set a high standard for students; but it's
not criminal, school is almost over, and she's quitting at the end of May
anyway to become a real estate agent.
* But the school board will continue examining the photos until at least September.
* Her students are protesting because she's a good teacher, they like her, and she hasn't even had sex with any of them yet.
* The outraged parent recognized her face while searching for bikini and lingerie photos...It's amazing he even noticed her face.
UNIVERSAL TO PAY $12 MIL PAYOLA FINE
Hope You Got Some Of This! - Universal Music Group, which reportedly put up
$50 million to start a label just for Lindsay Lohan only to find that
nobody wanted to hear her sing, has agreed with New York's Attorney General
to pay $12 million, the largest payola fine so far. UMG hired a company to
stuff the e-mail ballot boxes of MTV's "Total Request Live" and gave
expensive gifts such as vacations and laptops to radio DJs and programmers
to try to get more airplay for their artists, who include a number of
one-hit rappers as well as teen popsters Ashlee Simpson, Nick Lachey and
Lohan. The $12 million will go to New York charities that run non-profit
music education and appreciation programs.
* Oh no! That'll put them out of business entirely!
* I bet we could've taken up a collection and easily raised $50 million to pay stations NOT to play these records.
* They can pay some stations to play it, but there's not enough money in the world to pay people to listen to it.
* My question: when are they going to start bribing people who make jokes about Ashlee Simpson and Lindsay Lohan records on the radio? Hey, it's PUBLICITY, people!!
ASHLEE WON'T CONFIRM NOSE JOB RUMORS
They Used The Excess Tissue To Make Breast Implants - Ashlee Simpson
disappeared from public view for a week, and when she reappeared, talk
swirled that she'd had a nose job. Her famously large hooked beak suddenly
looks smaller and straight. But when asked if she'd had a nose job, she
just giggled. When pressed again, she giggled some more and said, "Maybe. Who knows?"
* We do.
* She not only had a nose operation, the anesthetic hasn't even worn off yet.
* Sadly, this will not improve her singing voice...But at least it'll be quieter, without the megaphone.
* Her sister knew this GREAT plastic surgeon...