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si melina…

October 19, 2009

yes, i’ve posted her music before, my favourite laughing woman (allright, c has a great laugh, too. a huge one, that is). and although it has been a gorgeous cover, the music was just allright. so i thought i better post another record. a more interesting one. and to make the link: it includes a brecht/weill song, too. in general the songs are of quite a variety – in a nice and interesting way. and the cover isn’t too bad, either…


ripped with a smile from vinyl, you’ll get it here.

not enough with this, i have some more. this as a tribute to v and j (you might have a look here). thank you again. it has been very nice. and yes it might is (or seems) more for v – but then j got already my, well, a swiss heart, right? so, in rememberance to our talks, and yes, the bouzoukia, i thought i post the music to the movie never on sunday. the music, courtesy of manos hadjidakis, sounds still fresh to my ears. although i am not very familiar with popular greek music (eeer… not at all, actually) this record sounds to me like a rather unique take on it – exploring various moods, not only the upbeat ones a northerner like me usually associates this kind of music with.

and then it is a movie by jules dassin, starring…yes, melina mercouri. the synopsis presented of the back of the record is quite hilarious – see below. love the choice of words… and yes, the male main character is indeed called homer…

but i guess if one can pull such a story off, then it must be ms mercouri. yes, i haven’t seen the movie yet – but it is now on my list. and after all one can also read it as the fight of free commerce against exploiting commercialism (hey, i just try to be original). and at least i learned that the real truth lies in the joy of living.

never on sunday
ilya (melina mercouri), a beautiful young woman who sells her charms in the port of piraeus, firmly adheres to one principle – her customers must appeal to her. greek tragedy is her only weakness and annually she suspends operations during the festival season. the classic texts have a personal meaning for her, including a happy ending for the story of medea.
one day, homer (jules dassin), an american, arrives in piraeus in quest of truth. attracted by the music of the bouzoukia, he goes to a crowded tavern where ilya is dancing and singing with her friends. to homer, she personifies greece and he is convinced that her story will provide an explanation for the fall of the ancient civilization.
he decides to reform ilya and succeeds in persuading her to give up her lovers in order to achieve more profound joys. her decision to “retire” delights noface (alexis salomos), an entrepreneur who exploits all the other prostitutes and he offers to subsidize homer’s program because ilya’s independence has been a bad example for his girls.
ilya finds homer’s teachings tedious and often engages in nostalgic daydreams. nevertheless, she resists the familiar call of the ships coming into port.
one day her friend, despo (despo diamantidou), discloses the pact between homer and noface. bent on revenge, ilya launches a prostitute’s revolt, which includes a general strike.
then to celebrate her return to the profession, she rushes to the bouzoukia, where she finds homer still looking for truth. he is sulking and ilya’s friends gently poke fun at him. he loses his temper, threatens to fight one of them and then suddenly sheds his academic armour. he then decides to open his eyes to what life really is and joins the party – laughing, singing and dancing with the otheres.
before going back to the states, he has discovered in greece that the real truth lies in the joy of living.

so – a shout out to étretat – and for all interested in some greek joy of living, i ripped the record in two parts (side a / side b) from vinyl. get it here. and yes: enjoy!