Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ordinary People, the golf argument

Say, let's have two and half minutes of intense anxiety.

It was hard choosing between this scene and the equally disturbing mother and son photo scene.

This film blew my mind and it changed my perception of Moore permanently. I hated it. And I loved it. For all my ill feelings toward Hollywood in general and toward Robert Redford in particular, credit where it is due, they all put together a splendid and deeply moving film together.

Plus I love the theme song. Everybody does. The first time I heard the song I was driving home very early one morning from work having just recently started there. I parked the car at the apartment building and sat inside the car with the radio playing until the song finished. I ran up the three flights of stairs ran to the telephone inside and called KVOD, the Denver classical station and asked them the name of the song that just now played. The guy answered Pachelbel's Canon in D Major, and it's been a favorite ever since. And shortly after that it was everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Per Wikipedia:

* Los Pop-Tops, ”Oh Lord, Why Lord”
* Kylie Minogue,”I Should Be So Lucky"
* The Farm, “All Together Now"
* The Pet Shop Boys "Go West"
* Coolio, “C U When U Get There"
* Aphrodite's Child, ”Rain and Tears"
* Ralph McTell, ”Streets of London"
* Green Day, ”Basket Case"
* Oasis, ”Don't Look Back in Anger"
* Vitamin C,”Graduation (Friends Forever)"
* The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, "Christmas Canon"
* Brian Eno, "Three Variations on the Canon in D Major"
* Second most popular classical song for funerals, according to Funeralcare
* untold number of advertisements.

“by the early 1980s its presence as background music was deemed inescapable.[1] From the 1970s to the early 2000s, elements of the piece, especially its chord progression, were used in a variety of pop music songs. Since the 1980s, it has also been used frequently in weddings and funeral ceremonies in the Western world.”


Methadras said...

Great movie. I remember watching it the first time when I was older. Probably 17 or 18 and some of the references didn't hit me at first, but I've watched it again a few times and it gets more intense each time.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

How much was MTM like her character in Ordinary People?

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

For some reason, when I think of "Ordinary People," I think of "Terms of Endearment."


ricpic said...

Ditto Meth's comment. It is a great movie. Proves that people you dislike intensely, in my case the film's director, Robert Redford, must never be discounted in the talent department.

ricpic said...

Evi -- I think MTM had a lot of the tense perfectionist in her.

ndspinelli said...

The flick deals w/ the most difficult think that can happen to a human, or any animal, losing a child.

ndspinelli said...

ric, The book about the show, Mary and Rhoda... talks about her perfectionism and how she toiled to make EVERY episode the best it could be.

Darcy said...

I sashayed down a long, winding staircase and down the aisle to join my groom at my wedding to Pachelbel's Canon in D Major. Really love that piece and haven't tired of it. Now it is even more special.

As the guests were settling and right before Pachelbel's Canon, we played "It Is Well With My Soul" sung by Joey Feeks. So moving.

Darcy said...

I hated MTM in Ordinary People as well. What a remarkable and unforgettable performance!

It's strange how roles impact your feeling toward the actor overall. This happened to me most with Robert De Niro after viewing Cape Fear. That feeling has mostly worn off now, but yikes. He was so believably evil in that movie.