Saturday, January 18, 2014

Woody Allen's Match Point

I finally watched Woody Allen's Match Point. Covered much the same territory as Crimes and Misdemeanors and Cassandra's Dream but was probably better than either. It was a little like The Talented Mr Ripley except Mr Ripley killed such obnoxious people.

Allen couldn't afford music for Match Point. He wound up making a deal with a British record company that put out a CD of public domain recordings of classical music. The music clearly came from old records.

I read recently that Allen generally gets music for his movies from his record collection. He pays for it obviously. But this means he had a record of Zamfir, the master of the pan flute. They were selling Zamfir's records on TV for a while (I think it was before CDs). Allen used Zamfir's music for the made-for-TV version of Don't Drink the Water.

Allen has gotten more conventional since Don't Drink the Water. That one was made during his period where scenes were all done in one long take, usually with a handheld camera. It didn't work very well. Hollywood Ending and Manhatten Murder Mystery had the same problem. I think he started that crap with Husbands and Wives in which he went way overboard with the handheld camera. You had to close your eyes once in a while to keep from getting motion sick.

Match Point is about a working class Irish tennis pro who marries into an upper-class English family. Maybe it should have been about a working-class Brit who marries into an upper-class Irish family. I'm not sure how I feel about movies vilifying members of the lower classes who find themselves among the upper crust but it seems to be a common theme. There was a brief spate of made-for-TV movies, The Billionaire Boys Club and The Preppie Murder, both about young men from working class families who got into exclusive private schools on academic scholarships and ended up in prison.

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