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A great film ruined by a modern sound score,
This review is from: Piccadilly  [DVD] (DVD)
A wonderful restoration by bfi of a 1929 film, but it's been ruined by adding a modern sound score. The new soundtrack bears no relation at all to 1920's jazz or dance music, and even worse, continues along with very little regard to the intricacies of the plot.
I found the soundtrack both intrusive and monotonous and ended up turning the sound off because it was driving me up the wall.
If the talkie version of this film still exists I would certainly buy it, at least I wouldn't have to listen to that dreadful background music.
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2012 12:01:46 GMT
Max Miller says:
I totally agree with Wordsworth. I am a huge Jazz fan and noticed that this new score was played by a very heavyweight line-up of musicians indeed, so I do not understand (given their skills and knowledge) how they ended up writing and performing a score bearing absolutely no relation to the era whatsoever. It beggars belief. I wouldn't mind guessing that it cost a fortune too. BFI almost always get it right, but here this is one monumental mess-up. I watched it with the sound off. It was spoiling the film (and experience) for me. Of the film itself, I would, perhaps rather have seen subtitles rather than those occasional boards. There was so much talking going on that I was forever left wondering what they were talking about and was worried I was missing something. The film itself was exceptional and Anna May Wong is irresistible. On finishing though, I must say that I'm not sure I feel comfortable about the Directors impression that all poor people are ugly, backward and drunkards though! Almost savage-like.
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