Movie for the Weekend ~ The Fab Baker Boys

I was using a Michelle Pfeiffer video of “Ten Cents a Dance” for the Microsoft Jazz Band and I thought of all of the great music played in this movie. It takes the worst of experiences from all singers and mixes it into an interesting montage. Luv those bedroom eyes of Michelle’s.

For those musicians and lovers out there, check out the movie “The Fabulous Baker Boys” this weekend. If you haven’t seen it yet, I envy you. Composer and jazz pianist Dave Grusin dubbed Jeff Bridges’s piano playing, while John F. Hammond dubbed Beau Bridges. Here’s a teaser:

Or two:

Pauline Kael in The New Yorker wrote of the film as a “romantic fantasy that has a forties-movie sultriness and an eighties movie-struck melancholy. Put them together and you have a movie in which eighties glamour is being defined.” Richard Schickel in Time called the film “a Hollywood rarity these days, a true character comedy… The wary way in which Susie and Jack circle in on a relationship is one of the truest representations of modern romance that the modern screen has offered.”

Janet Maslin in The New York Times described it as a “film specializing in smoky, down-at-the-heels glamour, and in the kind of smart, slangy dialogue that sounds right without necessarily having much to say.” Rita Kempley in the Washington Post wrote that “Kloves is a nostalgic young man whose passion for Ella Fitzgerald records, film noir and romantic melodrama mesh in this classic directorial début. The Fabulous Baker Boys is like a beloved movie from the glory days of Hollywood. It transports you. It’s an American rhapsody.”

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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2 Responses to Movie for the Weekend ~ The Fab Baker Boys

  1. Love this movie!

    In my next life, I’ll be the sultry brunette version of Michelle on that piano top…


  2. mike says:

    Also a somewhat rare peek into the distinctly unglamorous world of musicians trying to scratch out a living. Beau Bridges just breaks your heart in this movie, having ultimately to face that his lifelong dream just is not going to happen.

    Also very nice –tho geographically confusing 🙂 — use of Seattle locations.

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