If you caught my Gallery entry this week, you will know my choice of novel was A Room with a View by E M Forster. Whilst it had particular resonance for me, it was interesting to hear how many of you had also fallen in love with the book and the Merchant Ivory film of 1985.
So to start your day off with a bit o’ culture, like, get a load of this excerpt from the film, showing the smooch between Lucy and George (Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands). Two things struck me when watching this now. Firstly, the kiss itself, out of context, doesn’t quite do it for me like it used to. Secondly, if I were Lucy I’d have had a quick grope with the Italian carriage driver.
What still sends me all hopelessly soppy however is the music, which kicks in after about two minutes on this clip. It is the aria ‘Chi il bel sogno di Doretta’ from La Rondine by Puccini, sung by Dame Kiri te Kanawa. If you can, turn the volume up and sing along as I did yesterday (much to the annoyance of neighbouring dogs, as the high notes are extremely painful). I have no idea what the words are so could well have been singing a pizza menu.
The more famous piece of music associated with the film is ‘O mio babbino caro’ from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini. It’s also sung beautifully by Dame Kiri. Hope you like it. My neighbours love it.