Tuesday, March 12, 2013


as seen and heard in
The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)

One of my best cinematic discoveries last year was filmmaker Leos Carax, largely spurred by his much-acclaimed "Holy Motors." I've been seeking out his other films ever since. One of his more noteworthy films was "The Lovers on the Bridge" and I've chosen one of its most noteworthy scenes for this week's Movie Music Moment.

Denis Lavant and Juliette Binoche play a homeless pair who develop a romantic relationship over the course of the film despite their miserable circumstances. Most of the film sees them suffering but there's one "date night" where they party like there's no tomorrow. "City's full of music," Binoche's character remarks. They watch an impressive firework show from their titular under-construction bridge. Some contemporary French song fills the air igniting Binoche's dance moves. She moves along the bridge passing the infection onto Lavant before sliding into David Bowie (is it?). It takes a turn onto the hip-hop street before ultimately setting onto Herbert Von Karajan's "The Blue Danube." (Another classical piece of music that is used to great effect in "2001: A Space Odyssey," the first film of our Movie Music Moments.) The two wildly move their bodies to each new tune. There is an exhaustion to their movements but you can tell they are committed to making them. The climatic scene resolves by looping back into a song of the time and place. Yes, the city is full of music and so are the lovers on the bridge.

Please feel free to share a Movie Music Moment of your own in the comments below!

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