Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tenderness in the Desert - "The Band's Visit"
The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) * Chet Baker
In his review, Ty Burr of the Boston Globe wrote:
- The Israel of "The Band's Visit" is one in which God has pushed the pause button.
- Here's an irony for you, then: Because over 50 percent of "The Band's Visit" is in English, the film - an Israeli smash hit and multiple award winner - was deemed ineligible for this year's foreign language Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It has also been banned from film festivals in Cairo and Abu Dhabi. What this pellucid little movie uses to unite its characters - language and love - others are using to divide. You don't have to make the same mistake.
Khaled (Saleh Bakri), trumpet player in the band, talked about Chet Baker (1929-1988) and My Funny Valentine. Found a Chet Baker CD in my collection.
Chet Baker - trumpet
Bill Perkins - tenor sax
Russ Freeman - piano
Carson Smith - bass
Bob Neel - drums