The Shining. Bartók. Britney Spears

6 September 2010

My friend, the brilliant director Wolfgang Becker, invited us along with 18 others to the Berlin Philarmonie yesterday. The evening began early at X Filme HQ to watch a movie. It was a surprise so we all were curious as we took our seats in their little cinema. Wolfgang spoke in German but I picked up that we were about to see the best horror movie of all time and it was connected to the concert we would see later in the evening. It could only be one film. The Shining. One of  Wolfgang’s partners Tom had managed to borrow an original 35mm print of the movie. I had only seen it on TV so this was a thrill to hear the hushed rattle of the projector behind the sound proof glass. If you haven’t seen it, The Shining is Stanley Kubriks take on horror. Jack Nicholson plays one of his most memorable roles…And if you get the DVD you have to see the documentary his daughter made while they shot the film. Some wonderful behind the scenes footage of Nicholson doing his thing… What a movie. It stays with you.

After the movie we drove to the Philarmonie and took our seats to watch the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra take us through Bartók, Luciano Berio and Igor Stravinsky. The conductor was Mariss Jansons. He produced the greatest classical music performance I have ever seen. The Firebird Suite was mindblowing. There was a standing ovation at the end of the concert. The place went wild. They did 2 extra compositions at the end. It was incredible. After the show we all walked out in a daze and drove over to stage 3 of the night which was dinner at a nice spanish restaurant in Kotbusser Tor.

Now afew days earlier Wolfgang had asked if I would accompany him on guitar and play some songs at this night. Of course I said of course and we rehearsed on Saturday afternoon. So we played one of his favourite songs Hit Me Baby One More Time and then he suggested the Keane song Try Again which Tim and I had been playing together on the recent tour and then he asked me to play one of my new songs… It was alot of fun. Christian, Wolfgang’s musical director played piano and me and Wolfgang on guitar. I had a nice chat with Tom Tykwer, another great german director. Another cool evening at the hands of Herr Becker.

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6 Responses to “The Shining. Bartók. Britney Spears”

  1. Sara says:

    Great..that you have such a enjoyable time! Cool to hear! 🙂 Oh…and Frany? That’s a VERY WEIRD trailer! Haha.. 😀 Looks strange!… 😉 Good night 🙂

  2. Noel Kang says:

    Wow…!! What a nice day..!

  3. Eliza says:

    The shining! so cool! I watched it on tv too, when i was a kid and it totally freak me out! And a pleasant night with Stravinsky, your favorite one, niice!

    And what about that spanish food?? just curious 😛

    I want to hear you sing Keanes’ ‘Try again’ i can’t just imagine 😛

    Cheers and lot of love from México 🙂

  4. sammy says:

    I’m pleased to tell you I HAVE seen this film Fran, many times over, and I love it. I think it’s still one of the all-time scariest films too. The unfolding horror of the mental decline, the axe in the door scene, room 237, the kid on the trike, the lift, the twins….it stays with you alright! Have you seen Jon Ronson’s documentary Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes? He stored away lots of relevant material and memoirs in hundreds of boxes in his home and Ronson got to look through them.

  5. Kelly says:

    That’s such a great story. It seems like in Berlin you’ve really managed to capture that Bohemian, turn-of-the-century romantic conglomeration of artists of every ilk. I love it! And it must be so inspiring for you.

  6. Al says:

    Wendy! Give me the bat. I’m not going to hurt ya! Great scene.

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