Monday, June 13, 2005

Long lost music

"Zabriskie Point was to be Michelangelo Antonioni's greatest triumph, a crowning achievement in an already seminal body of work and a bold affirmation of his commercial ascendance in America. It was to be the Italian-born director's state-of-the-epoch address, a provocative document of the political injustice, civil warfare, and extreme moral and cultural polarities defining the end of the 1960s. Zabriskie Point was to be nothing less than Antonioni's portrait of the United States -- and by extension, Western society -- at war with itself. But just about everything that could go wrong with the project did go wrong, and Antonioni's great dream would prove to be his worst nightmare." Sci.Fi.

We saw this movie at the NFT last night and despite being visually stunning (the parched California desert with its wide open vistas and technicolour skies looks monumental) it was stilted and cliched. However, it did boast some wonderful music, including The Youngbloods' Sugar Babe, Roscoe Holcomb's I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again and Pink Floyd's Country Song.

Having finally bought my silver, teeny, tiny 20Gb Sony NW-HD5 MP3 player (and a pair of Sennheiser PX200 headphones) in the afternoon, I rushed home to rifle through my CD collection and transfer to my player some music I haven't listened to in years.

This may take a couple of months...

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