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A Thought for Today
Faith is God’s Candy.
the American Cinematheque
For those of you living in the Los Angeles area, JOANNA a film I scored
way back in 1968 is having a special showing next week on Saturday July
It’s part of the American Cinematheque festival and will be shown on a
double bill with a new 35 mm print. It was directed by Famed French New
Wave director Jacques Demy (THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG) and his LOLA star,
the stunning Anouk Aimée, re-teamed for this dreamlike and very
psychedelic portrait of Los Angeles in the late 1960’s. Aimée reprises her
role as "Lola," with Gary Lockwood (2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY) as a young
Angeleno who follows her tantalizing image across the city, until they
finally meet at the enigmatic Model Shop.
Here’s how their catalogue describes Joanna:
JOANNA, 1968, 20th Century Fox, 108 min. A long-lost Mod gem from British
director (and former teen heart-throb singer) Michael Sarne (MYRA
BRECKINRIDGE), JOANNA stars the irresistible Genevieve Waite as a
free-spirited art student in Carnaby Street London who floats from one mad
love affair to another like a butterfly – until she meets dying aristocrat
Donald Sutherland (in an amazing, underrated performance.) With a lovely,
melancholy score by the great Rod McKuen. Since JOANNA is unavailable here
in any form, we’ve brought this ultra-rare print in from the British Film
Institute, just for this showing!!
I wrote a very ambitious score for Joanna and a bucketful of songs
including I’ll Catch the Sun, Some August Day, Ain’t You Glad You’re Livin’
Joe and, of course, “Joanna.”
This is a one-time event. For further information check out this website:
12 July, 1998
After awhile the laying on of hands becomes the turning over of our own
responsibilities for us into the hands of others. I want out. Or anyway a
little time to find out who I am instead of what I'm told I should be.
If freedom is the bold stroke I still know it is, I haven't felt its
touch, been branded by its mark, for what must be a small forever inside
the greater one. This not a plea or a demand. A statement only of a
building, searing fact. I know the only actions that will change what must
be changed will have to come from me, out of me - over coffee or the next
I need time. Whatever time it will take to finish the craft I'm making to
take me out of here.
- deleted from Suspension Bridge,1984, First published 7/12/98
Sleep warm and I’ll be back tomorrow with this months final edition of Ask
RM 6/29/2003 12:11AM PDT
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