Generally we do not like to listen to Django Reinhardt unless he is soundtracking a Woody Allen film. But Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Allen's latest, had us obsessing over not only our future plans to retire off La Rambla and write books on la playa, but also the acoustic Spanish guitar backing the tale of a wanderlusty woman (ScarJo) and her summer affair with a fly-as-hell, sexually direct artist (Javier Bardem) and his brilliantly bananas ex-wife (Penelope Cruz! Get this woman an Oscar!). It's a welcome switch from the cheeky little 1930s finger-pickery Allen usually forces us to listen to, which always for some reason reminds us of Bob Vila and This Old House. This is gently sensual, expressive guitar-weeping, boozy hot nights, song structures that mimics the subtle dance of seduction, performed by flamenco masters like Juan Serrano and Paco de Lucia. We are definitely ready for some fall affair. We would like it not to be as insane as the one in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but what's a little screaming now and again to fuel the passion. It also turns out Paco de Lucia is a super stony maaahfackha with a rad hairdo, as seen in the above 1976 video performance of "Entre Dos Aguas," the song in the movie and arguably his biggest hit. Chyeah.
August 15, 2008