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Melodeons appearing in films...
« on: May 20, 2009, 03:10:10 PM »

I watched "The Last King Of Scotland" on DVD the other night and was amused and surprised to see Idi Amin / Forest Whitaker playing a 2-row Pokerwork, as well as murdering people (which is a bit less surprising).

And of course it lead me to think of an amusing topic for this forum: films where melodeons have played small roles. Can't think of (m)any others myself. Any takers ?

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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2009, 03:15:44 PM »

He didnt combine the two? Murdering people whilst, or even by playing the melodeon?

On that subject, I am guilty of murdering several tunes, on melodeon.
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2009, 04:57:27 PM »

The Bill Murray film The Man Who Knew Too Little has a very fine melodeon player in it and on the sound track backing the morris dancers. Modesty prevents me say who it is  ::).

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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2009, 05:07:31 PM »

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On that subject, I am guilty of murdering several tunes, on melodeon.

Alas, I too have to confess to committing murder by melodeon! What a way to go though 8)
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2009, 05:13:06 PM »

I've recently been employed as a supporting artist on the Gulliver's Travels film that's currently in production.  There was a small orchestra in one scene, but no sign of any melodeon playing as yet.  I'll keep my eye out, just in case...  
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2009, 06:19:10 PM »

Must be melodramatic movies  :o
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2009, 07:19:00 PM »

"Passion Fish" 1992 is set in Louisiana and has some great footage of John Delafose playing at a club.
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2009, 10:29:23 PM »

 films where melodeons have played small roles. Can't think of (m)any others myself. Any takers ?

_ Paul
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There's a version of A Midsummer Night's Dream set in the 30s that I used to inflict on my Year 8 classes purely because there was some very tasty playing by Ricardo Tessi

One of the glut of 90s American gangster films,perhaps Fairytaleof New York...no, that's the Pogues and Kirsty McColl...has an old boy sitting on some tenement steps playing a one row.

On the subject of blood and guts, but slightly off topic, Gangs of New York has one of the Furey bros playing hammer dulcimer...I can't remember if there's box as well.

Southern Comfort, a sortof Louisiana Deliveranceonly with better music has a fine fais do do bit, but the players escape me...Rees?

I just wish I could remember useful stuff like where I put my glasses...

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who will probably wake in the middle of the night rememberingmore...
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2009, 10:32:15 PM »

I watched "The Last King Of Scotland" on DVD the other night and was amused and surprised to see Idi Amin / Forest Whitaker playing a 2-row Pokerwork,

Oh,and pedant alert...didn't Idi Amin play 1 row...?

I'll get me anorak...

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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2009, 10:38:07 PM »



Southern Comfort, a sortof Louisiana Deliveranceonly with better music has a fine fais do do bit, but the players escape me...Rees?



Marc Savoy on accordion, Dewey Balfa on fiddle, erm..................
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2009, 10:42:30 PM »

Not a film but a TV series. The latest series of Lark Rise to Candleford featured the melodeon being played by actor John Dagleish.
I know that because I sold the melodeon to the BBC. Yeah, result!  :||:
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« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2009, 10:59:25 PM »


I know that because I sold the melodeon to the BBC. Yeah, result!  :||:

You do know some famous people you...

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ps shouldn't we grandad types be in bed by now ;)
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2009, 11:05:32 PM »

Of course, there's been which is a documentary on the Columbian musician Pacho Rada. But that probably doesn't count...
Yet an ode to the Hohner boxes!


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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2009, 11:11:44 PM »


I know that because I sold the melodeon to the BBC. Yeah, result!  :||:

You do know some famous people you...

Baz

ps shouldn't we grandad types be in bed by now ;)

Ah but the funny thing is a BBC producer phoned me a day before the filming claiming that it was out of tune ;D ;D ;D  They talked about sending it up to me by car, with the driver waiting while I tuned the thing.   Never heard from them again :o
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2009, 11:13:02 PM »

Not a film but a TV series. The latest series of Lark Rise to Candleford featured the melodeon being played by actor John Dagleish.
I know that because I sold the melodeon to the BBC. Yeah, result!  :||:

Was that the one-row played by 'Alfie', Rees? (I don't know any actors names...).

Was it that other recent period TV drama, Cranford, where there was a guy in the village band playing a very non-period Castagnari?!

(ooh, and I can't remember now....but who was the guy playing melodeon in an episode of I think Emmerdale - cos of the YTV/ Leeds connection - playing melodeon at the village fete alongside Tom Napper on banjo? I should remember who it was, as I knew them...but, possibly as a concertina player or something?)

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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2009, 11:27:13 PM »

...didn't Idi Amin play 1 row...?

It is in this clip anyway: Idi Amin Plays Accordion  :||:
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2009, 12:33:20 AM »

Not a film but a TV series. The latest series of Lark Rise to Candleford featured the melodeon being played by actor John Dagleish.
I know that because I sold the melodeon to the BBC. Yeah, result!  :||:

Does Ruth have that now?
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2009, 06:29:03 AM »

Road to Perdition    supposed ot be a 1930's period film

In the opening scenes there is a "party" , maybe a wake...

John Williams is playing with a small group..

He is playing a Saltarelle 2 1/2 row B/C

see any problem her??

B/c's were not in use
2 1/2 row was uncommon, particularly in B/C
Saltarelle did not exist
Williams was simply posturing and profiling and attempting to "position" Saltarelle in the film and of course his bellows work was drawing attention to himself..

Do I need to tell you he is a Saltarelle dealer

As  a musical director on consultant on this film... he knew better... he knew to play an old Paolo or a period box... he simply got one over on the prop and production people




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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2009, 10:00:53 AM »

Yes, I think the character was called Alfie.
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2009, 12:23:11 PM »

no way this new one can't feature a melodeon or three, especially given the title of the book it's based on.

Especially if we add the next bit:

 "based on the 1970 short story "Button, Button" " :D

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