This beautiful apartment complex in Los Angeles is called the Hightower or High Tower Complex (the High Tower name refers to the central elevator, I believe), and was designed in 1935-1936 by architect Carl Kay - and made famous in 1973 by my favorite film, Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (see Why I Love Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye).
Although Altman used the building as Philip Marlowe's apartment in his somewhat post-modern Long Goodbye (the film plays with references to Old Hollywood and opens and closes with the song, Hooray For Hollywood), the building has another direct connection to Raymond Chandler.
On Thursday evening, we saw our longtime friend Andrew Hale perform with Sade at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, in one of the most beautifully conceived and produced concert performances I have ever seen.
Sade is a rare musician, in that she and the band only write, record and tour every eight to ten years, so that in a very real sense you can measure your life by her.
The band's music is always fresh and always newly conceived - for their previous album, Lovers Rock, they stripped everything down musically to a minimalist sound and banished the saxophone that had been so much a part of Sade's heavily soul- and jazz-influenced style.
The latest album, Soldier of Love, released in 2010, is one of the most tender, moving collections of songs yet, from the astonishingly beautiful Morning Bird, which features exquisite keyboards from Andrew, to the soulful, retro, return-of-the-sax melodies of In Another Time, and the deeply touching, reggae-influenced charm of Babyfather - a partic…
Wong Kar-Wai's In The Mood For Love is an incomparable film, beautiful in the way music
is beautiful. You can enjoy it for its narrative or you can enjoy
favorite passages, over and over again. It is one of my go-to films, for reflection, meditation and sheer pleasure.
The quote below, provided by youmightfindyourself on Tumblr, is a fascinating allusion from Wong Kar-Wai, comparing In The Mood For Love to Vertigo. They are both unforgettable
Wong Kar-Wai states he was very influenced by Hitchcock’s Vertigo
while making this film, and compares Tony Leung’s film character to
“The role of Tony in the film reminds me of Jimmy Stewart’s in
Vertigo. There is a dark side to this character. I think it’s very
interesting that most of the audience prefers to think that this is a
very innocent relationship. These are the good guys, because their
spouses are the first ones to be unfaithful and they refuse to be.
Nobody sees any darkness in these characters – a…