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It's Valentine's Day in Seattle, and I have to get out of here so I can go see Vertigo for the first time--I hear it's a

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Romantic music for V-day.

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It's Valentine's Day in Seattle, and I have to get out of here so I can go see Vertigo for the first time--I hear it's a lovely paean to the romantic, tortured soul of the stalker. It's being shown at Northwest Film Forum as part of a series called "Keeping Score," which focuses on music that has really enhanced films and not just provided a 'wallpaper'-like backdrop. Ennio Morricone (master of the spaghetti western) features prominently, along with other examples of great director/sound designer teams. Find out more info at NWFF's site.  

Another movie that just impressed me with its music is Talk to Her, the 2002 award-winner from Pedro Almodovar. I watched it Monday night and became completely entranced in a scene where a band plays a soft, gentle song on a veranda. The scene isn't explained, it just sets up a conversation between two people, but it leaves you wondering, who the hell is that, and why does it work so perfectly?

Turns out it's the Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso (thanks to the employee at the Spanish Table who knew exactly what I was talking about). You can watch the scene of him singing "Cuccuruccu Paloma" here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3643653582920530617

 Happy V-day!

 
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