Tabu

Late on Sunday night I noted that it was the anniversary of the premiere of The Partridge Family, so I watched the first episode again.  It was an extremely hot afternoon yesterday, so it was a relief to get home and drink some water and have lunch.  I took a needed nap, and then I watched “Tabu,” the movie from Miguel Gomes from 2012.  It was an unusual tale tracing the past of an old woman named Aurora to her youth in Africa.  It was in black and white, and it had a couple of Phil Spector songs on the soundtrack, “Be My Baby” and “Baby, I Love You.”  The principals in the first half reminded me of Tina Fey and Johnny Depp at times.  Some critics thought that Gomes should have delved into the social and political issues of countries like Portugal being in Africa.  These critics sure seem intent on making sure the audience is always bored.  No wonder they are critics and not film directors.  The second half plays almost like a silent movie.  I still thought there was no much voiceover.  The title is the same as a movie by F.W. Murnau.  Aurora was supposedly a technical adviser on a movie called “It Will Never Snow Again Over Kilimanjaro.”  I wished that Gomes hadn’t used the Ramones recording, but I generally liked the way this movie was made.  Gomes was born in 1972.  I’m glad that he had some years to live and think about things before he made this film.  It’ one that I don’t think I would mind seeing several more times over the years.  I thought it was something of a twisted version of “Out of Africa.”  I watched a little bit of an old TV special from 1977, Ann-Margret’s “Rhinestone Cowgirl.”  She sang a John Denver song to open the show.  I remember those days when I thought that Bob Hope was the funniest person of all time.  Some of the people who died on September 27 include Babe Zaharias (1956), Robert Montgomery (1981), Donald O’Connor (2003), and George Blanda (2010).  Today is a birthday for Shaun Cassidy (58) and Meat Loaf (69).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for September 27, “Hair” opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London in 1968, continuing for 1997 performances, until the collapse of the theatre roof in July 1973 forced the closure of the production.  In 1986, Lionel Richie’s “Dancing on the Ceiling” reached Number One on the Billboard album chart.  In 2003, Donald O’Connor died of heart failure at age 78 at the Motion Picture & Television Country and House and Hospital in Woodland Hills.

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