TV programmes and films - what are your favourites?

Just wondering what we all watch when there's not much on the television? Quadrophenia is the obvious one of course, but I confess I've never seen it all the way through.
On the series front, on my shelf there are box sets of the Mrs Peel & Tara King Avengers, of Gerry Anderson’s UFO, some original Star Trek.
Films wise, I’ve the 1967 Casino Royale (plotless and confused, but I love every weird minute), The Italian Job, Roman Holiday, all the Beatles films (sorry…), Breakfast at Tiffany's, etc. There’s Metropolis, some lesser known French films, a Small Faces documentary, and Cracked Actor.  
On the more general side of things there are also two of my favourite films, 2001 and Lawrence of Arabia, but my favourite film of all must be How to Steal a Million, with Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole.

What're your favourites? 

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  • I assume radio programmes are included here.

    This morning I listened to Radio4 at 9.00am. They are doing a series on Soul on Thursday mornings so I thought I would give it a go. I am not sure what the term Soul means and I suspect everyone has there own opinion.

    Anyway the number featured this morning was Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks, which I knew of course and know that the Kinks are admired by some Mods. I am so glad I listened to the programme.

    It started with an American lady talking about her British husband. He had been born around the time the Kinks released this number and she went on to say that he had bought himself a little scooter, a Vespa. This when they were married and living in California. I immediately thought he was probably a Mod. This was his favourite number and from there on the programme was dedicated to the song itself.

    It was played to close the Olympics in 2012 in London when it was called an anthem for London.

    To my ear it sounds and reminds me of a folk song. Because I listen to a lot of jazz, I am always improvising in my head when I hear music. I hear Scarborough Fair as well when I listen to Waterloo Sunset.

    I will never hear Waterloo Sunset the same again after listening to this programme. It was to me very moving and took me in a very different direction to what I expected. I would  much appreciate it if others on here listened to it and told me what they made of it. I would like the Mod take on it. I haven't said too much about the programme because if anyone does listen to it, I would like them to  experience I  as I did. 

    I thought it was really good and can recommend it.


    • I lost a day it is Wednesday not Thursday.

    • A beautifully, interesting, sad in places programme John. 'A Few Of My Favourite Things' is up for discussion next week, fantastic!

      Blues = Lost, broken and down

      Soul = Love, hope, dreams

      Jazz = Improvisation, unexpected, moments 

      Pop = Easy, spoilt, indulgence

      Just one or two of my own personal feelings. No doubt music is many and all things to people but could you imagine a world without music? I shudder at the thought...

    • Glad you enjoyed it Gary.

  • Not my favourite football team, but this is priceless...

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    • Collateral is great, I watch it whenever I see it on tv. I really liked Breatless too. I'll have to admit that I haven't seen 2001 yet, despite my love of sci-fi and Kubrick.

    • Collateral and space odyssey great films, especially the latter, released in 1968 (I think) and it it still looks great, aged very well. 

  • Like many older members I grew up hearing various covers of the old jazz standard Mack The KInife  by Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, anong others. knowing only that it was from The Threepenny Opera. Recently I came across the original German version by Lotte Lenya, and discovered that the entire opera had been adapted for cinema  in about 1931by Bertolt Brech, having been originally written in the 18th century by John Gay. The screenplay is set in a very imaginative interpretation of London's Soho in the early 19th century, which anyone who knows London at all well will find rather whimsical. The film is very reminiscent of the old black and white Yiddish movies Iv'e seen ( which is hardly surprising really). I still love the tune and the song, and it's nice, after all these years, to have a little more background on it . I wonder if John, the Original Modernist, would be able to flesh it out a bit....... over to you, John!

    • Graham I am flattered that you thought I may have something to add to your post. I am getting on a bit but I was not clubbing in the period to which you refer lol.

      Obviously, Soho has always been a melting pot for immigrants in the past and those that remained there were attracted to the cosmopolitan and sleazy reputation it enjoyed. When I was doing the clubs, it was commonplace to be constantly accosted by brasses and guys trying to entice you into clip joints and strip and peep shows etc. It still goes on but it's not anywhere on the same scale.

      I knew that Mack the Knife was the theme from the theme from Threepenny Opera, which was a big hit for Bobby Darin, probably as much so as Louis Armstrong. Speaking of which Beyond the Sea, is the French song La Mer written in 1945. It has been covered by countless artists as La Mer but I remember it as being internationally made famous by Maurice Chevalier when I was a kid.. It featured as the introduction song to The European Cup 2016. Something I completely missed but was pointed out to me by a young family member. So Bobby Darin was a great revivalist of old songs.

      I listened to Lotte Lenya on you tube. She has that painful,  haunting quality in her voice which reminds me of Piaf and Billie Holiday. I particularly liked September song. I though Surabaya Johnny, to my jazz ear was structured and sounded like an improvisation of Mack the Knife. Brech who was her partner, certainly knew how to write to extract that quality she had.

      Without Jewish song writers I think we would  not have the American Songbook, Cole Porter, Gershwin,Irving Berlin  Rogers and Hart, Hammerstein , Jerome Kern etc.etc.. All suited to jazz because of the accent on the minor key. Currently we have Bob Dylan who has just won the Nobel Prize for poetry.          I heard the poet Laureate, Andrew Motion name Dylan as one of the greatest poets of all time and compare him with Shakespeare.

       What I want to know Graham is when we can expect a few songs and poems from you?  it seem s to me you are letting the side down. Over to Graham in Indiana, for a tasty slice of music and prose.


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