Back Row Banter

From explosions to pathos

Monday Playlist #1 May 30, 2010

Start your week with a film based playlist I’ll loving put together and share with you via Spotify.

This week’s list:

*  Love    (by Nancy Adams from Robin Hood)

*  Buongiorno Principessa    (performed by Dedicato a Piovani from La Vita E Bella)

*  Almost Like Being In Love    (by Nat King Cole from Groundhog Day)

La Vie en Rose    (by Louis Armstrong from Wall-E)

Be Yourself    (by Crosby & Nash from Up In The Air)

*  Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence    (by Ryuichi Sakamoto from Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence)

Wedding Bell Blues    (by Laura Nyro from My Girl)

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Friday Favourite: Robin Hood – Love May 27, 2010

Each Friday I write a bit about something small I really enjoy. I hope you enjoy these little things as much as I do.

   With the recent release of the Ridley Scott version of Robin Hood, I decided to look back on past filmic representations of the famous outlaw. The most suprising fact brought to my attention doing this was that by far the best version of the tale is the Disney animation. The first release since studio head Walt Disney’s death, Robin Hood represents something of an anomally in the Disney canon. The film, featuring shots repeated more than once and tracings from earlier features, is shockingly low fi and bleak. Similarly the narrative dispenses with Disney’s traditional focus on one protagonist who reaches self awareness as part of the story’s arc; here the tale is centred on a community and a roster of characters. The end result is a kind, soft feature that is both gently moving and delightful. Somewhat overlooked, Robin Hood was a huge inspiration on the latest Wes Anderson feature The Fantastic Mr. Fox. The Texan director even went as far as placing the Ocar nominated song Love, originally recorded for the Disney film, on his Mr Fox soundtrack. The lilting melody, beautifully recited by Nancy Adams, is this week’s Friday Favourite. Embedded below is the wonderful, unashamedly romantic, montage sequence featuring Robin Hood and Maid Marian taking a loving stroll through the most picturesque of forests. Enjoy.