Saturday, September 09, 2017


First Wim Mertens with Struggle for Pleasure. From the soundtrack of the 1987 movie The Belly of an Architect.

Wim Mertens is a Belgian/Flemish composer, pianist, guitarist and musicologist, who did the soundtrack for this film drama by Peter Greenaway. In The Belly of an Architect, Brian Dennehy - who I first got to know as the ruthless sheriff in the 1982 Rambo: First Blood movie - plays Stourley Kracklite, an architect whose physical decline throughout the movie is a metaphor for the gradually diminishing stature of an 18th century visionary French architect by the name of Etienne-Louis Boullée. Very few of Boullées low-key designs have survived to this day, and none of his grandiose, even megalomaniac projects were actually built. But both in his own times and in the twentieth century, when he was rediscovered, he exerted a considerable influence.

Hans Zimmer with Supermarine, from the soundtrack of this year's blockbuster movie Dunkirk, but applied to shots from the epic 1969 movie The Battle of Britain, starring a.o. Michael Caine.

After The Dark Knight, Inception, and Interstellar, another fruitful collaboration between two immensely gifted professionals.

Goede nacht. For those living in the area to be visited by Irma - or those living in other areas afflicted by atrocious weather, think Nepal, India, or Sierra Leone - I can only offer my prayers. Stay strong.


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