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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #100 on: January 31, 2012, 11:11:31 PM »

The latest ad for DiscoverIreland features a melodeon - briefly - here's the link. I'm sure someone better than I can say what make it is.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnTXiiAwNww
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Re: melodeons in film
« Reply #101 on: January 31, 2012, 11:21:48 PM »

That makes me think of Benjamin Macke who plays the melodeon to silent films!

This is very cool. I did a piece with Ken Sparne (http://steveaitch.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/nowt-press/) at Bradford College where I improvised a musical interaction with archive film using melodeon.

I didn't know of 'Benjamin Macke' so I Googled the name and found this site:

http://www.muzikacine.fr/
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« Reply #102 on: February 01, 2012, 05:33:59 AM »

Heh. I was musical director of a show in Edinburgh which involved me playing music on box to a silent play. :P
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #103 on: February 01, 2012, 06:37:35 AM »

The latest ad for DiscoverIreland features a melodeon - briefly - here's the link. I'm sure someone better than I can say what make it is.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnTXiiAwNww

Paolo Soprani (predictably!) isn't it?
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Re: melodeons in film
« Reply #104 on: February 01, 2012, 07:37:52 AM »

This is very cool. I did a piece with Ken Sparne (http://steveaitch.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/nowt-press/) at Bradford College where I improvised a musical interaction with archive film using melodeon.
I didn't know of 'Benjamin Macke' so I Googled the name and found this site:
http://www.muzikacine.fr/

Thank you for that link  (:) I hadn't seen those youtube clips :) like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yyBnPHcysgc 

There is no recording of what you improvised on the above link?
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« Reply #105 on: February 02, 2012, 03:00:00 AM »

I just watched the Michael Cimino Western film "Heaven's Gate" recently.  The film is notorious for being a huge expensive flop, bankrupting the United Artists company.  There is a kind of wacky scene in the film of a large crowd of people in a roller rink hall.  The scene starts off with a fiddler skating around playing a fiddle tune.  The skater then joins the band to play the same tune with a cajun beat.  In the band is someone playing a one row box with 4 stops.  The crowd proceeds to dance to the music on skates.  Later the two principle actors do a waltz on the floor after the crowd clears out. While Heaven's Gate is beautifully filmed, the scenes are disjointed and it is mostly boring in my opinion. I can see why the critics panned it.  Charlie
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #106 on: February 02, 2012, 03:26:22 AM »

Anthony Bourdain did one of his shows in Louisiana on the Travel Channel. They went to a hog killing near Eunice and there was a band outside, looked like Marc Savoy was playing the box.

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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #107 on: February 13, 2012, 11:10:06 PM »

Not exactly sure where this thread is going, but randomonium is like the glue that holds the universe together. I noticed an accordionist strolling through the garden during the shower scene in Bridesmaids. He seemed to avoid most of the carnage.

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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #108 on: March 20, 2012, 12:18:08 AM »

Found two more.  ;D

John Ford's The Searchers and the Kubrick/Brando masterpiece One-Eyed Jacks both have scenes with melodeons. In the former, a musician is shown playing what looks like a 1905 Hohner 1-row Vienna box, even though the year is supposed to be 1873 (the film starts in 1868, the characters wander in search of revenge for five years). Interestingly, in One-Eyed Jacks, the accordion played in the gazebo during the Monterey fiesta looks like it could have been made circa 1890 so it's not the glaring anachronism that appears in Ford's film.

Both were filmed in the short-lived VistaVision format. They're tough, nail-biter style westerns with excellent scripts, direction, and photography. I highly recommend both films, even if you don't like westerns.

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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #109 on: March 28, 2012, 07:43:34 PM »

Gummo - Harmony Korine (1997)

Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives.

http://bit.ly/GXQsze
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #110 on: March 28, 2012, 08:12:10 PM »

Class!  :||: :||: :||: Completely forgot about Gummo (if memory serves, no accordions present but Harmony Korine's Mister Lonely is very good with added bonus of Werner Herzog cameo).

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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #111 on: April 05, 2012, 08:21:21 PM »

Island People (1941)

http://vimeo.com/18046632

Another favourite - personally I love every minute of this vintage short, but if you cant wait to see the melodeons, scroll forward to 08:32.
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #112 on: April 11, 2012, 11:16:45 PM »

I've just watched an old episode of 'Foyles War', the last episode where he goes off to the USA.  It began in a bar in Dresden, and I spotted Tim Van Eyken in a corner, playing and singing along to a very modern looking Saltarelle!!
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #113 on: April 13, 2012, 04:30:20 PM »

UK period TV series "Larkrise to Candleford" has plenty of Melodeon scenes, one episode revolved around a guy from the country village of Larkrise getting his back from the pawn shop (edited Misspelling - Thanks Mike) in Candleford so he could go Wassailing.

It`s set in the late 1800s . there`s only one Melodeon in the series and it`s seen and heard all throughout the series in various jigs and events, amazingly its a 2 Row which must have cost the lad a month or two`s wages working in the field..
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #114 on: April 13, 2012, 04:37:02 PM »

UK period TV series "Larkrise to Candleford" has plenty of Melodeon scenes, one episode revolved around a guy from the country village of Larkrise getting his back from the porn shop in Candleford so he could go Wassailing.

It`s set in the late 1800s . there`s only one Melodeon in the series and it`s seen and heard all throughout the series in various jigs and events, amazingly its a 2 Row which must have cost the lad a month or two`s wages working in the field..

I think you will find that a 'porn shop' is very different from a 'pawn shop'.  :|bl
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #115 on: April 14, 2012, 10:39:20 AM »

Yikes ........... I`ll edit that
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #116 on: April 15, 2012, 07:54:02 PM »

John Wayne film the other day "The Quiet Man",  alledgedly Irish setting.  The box player was so fast, you couldn't see his fingers move AT ALL.  Why can't they find extras that can actually play the damned thing?

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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #117 on: April 15, 2012, 07:57:31 PM »

UK period TV series "Larkrise to Candleford" has plenty of Melodeon scenes, one episode revolved around a guy from the country village of Larkrise getting his back from the pawn shop (edited Misspelling - Thanks Mike) in Candleford so he could go Wassailing.

It`s set in the late 1800s . there`s only one Melodeon in the series and it`s seen and heard all throughout the series in various jigs and events, amazingly its a 2 Row which must have cost the lad a month or two`s wages working in the field..

I believe that was our very own Rees Wesson.
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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #118 on: April 15, 2012, 08:49:00 PM »

UK period TV series "Larkrise to Candleford" has plenty of Melodeon scenes, one episode revolved around a guy from the country village of Larkrise getting his back from the pawn shop (edited Misspelling - Thanks Mike) in Candleford so he could go Wassailing.

It`s set in the late 1800s . there`s only one Melodeon in the series and it`s seen and heard all throughout the series in various jigs and events, amazingly its a 2 Row which must have cost the lad a month or two`s wages working in the field..

I believe that was our very own Rees Wesson.

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Re: Melodeons appearing in films...
« Reply #119 on: April 15, 2012, 09:22:25 PM »

Nobody's mentioned the excellent new Aardman film "The Pirates!: In An Adventure with Scientists"?

None of the pirates have real names so they are all referred to by their characteristics - one's 'thing' is that he never puts his Melodeon down - it's in every scene!

Does it not count cos it's animated? I liked it!
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