Tuesday, April 29, 2008

SHAKE YOUR HAIR GIRL...

Flashbacks of a Fool was a strange film and this isn't a review of it. Starring Daniel Craig and shot on a large budget, it wasn't bad exactly, but the script had more holes in it than a colander. I exited the cinema feeling there was just something a bit wrong about the whole thing. It all fell into place when I discovered afterwards that the film is the first to be written and directed by Daniel Craig's best friend - a commercials director. Aaahh. It's a shame really, as without Daniel Craig's considerable clout as star and producer, the script may have had a few years to percolate, the director might have got more experience on a low budget flick and a better film could have been made. However. There's one scene in the film which is unforgettable (and it doesn't include Daniel Craig sprawled nude on a rabbit skin bedspread). Anyone who has seen the film will know what I'm talking about:


It's 1972. A teenage girl and boy are standing in a white shagpile carpeted room, dressed in satin and blue eyeshadow, lip synching to Roxy Music. For this scene alone I would re-watch the rest of the film. The song is If There Is Something. You can listen to it here but it's really the end part you have to wait for (at -1.27) where it goes; "shake your hair girl with your ponytail" and so on. This could be the track of the summer with a bit of remix treatment. Someone needs to call in Mark Ronson stat. I'm completely serious. I think I might try to call Mark Ronson. I'm sure Bryan Ferry would be up for it. And while we're here, let's remind ourselves why Bryan Ferry is still the coolest bloke in the entire universe...




(images: Film still of Felicity Jones from The Telegraph.
Bryan Ferry: Getty, Another Time, Another Place cover, Nathaniel Goldberg.)

9 comments:

lottie said...

Oh Bryan Ferry...

Bombay Beauty said...

Saw him in 2001 doing his As Times Goes By. Very cool indeed. Daniel Craig on rabbit skin, not so sure... BB

Anonymous said...

"more than this" is one of my all time favorite songs! bryan ferry has always been mister cool.
nancy

Stephanie said...

Bryan Ferry. My dream man. Saw him in Toronto with Roxy Music and it was the concert to end all concerts! Showgirls dancing with elaborate feathered tails, silver suit jacket... drooling... swoon!
I will see this film JUST for that!
Thanks!

Claire said...

Saw a preview of this a few weeks ago and that song/scene have been stuck in my mind ever since. The girl is uniquely beautiful too.

erica said...

ooh, bryan ferry, gives me the shivers! 'if there is something' is one of my favorite songs, and 'just another high'....sigh.

Adam said...

I agree the scene where they are pantomiming to If There is Something is one of the best scenes I have watched in a long time. Up to that point in the movie I wasn't too sure about my opinion of the picture. That scene made me think twice.

Cindy M said...

Lola, you're the best. I just saw this movie 2 days ago and that scene is FANTASTIC. I forget the title of the song, that's how I ended up here. THANKS!

clfrank2002 said...

i too feel this film left much to be desired, but that one scene was incredible. i first saw the movie on hbo two days ago, ( i tivo'd it after being captivated by the first scene). The plot, or lack there of, was a total let down, but i'd watch the whole thing again to see that white carpet scene.