Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Brothers Grimm - Tuesday Tune, vol 99


The Brothers Grimm.  I love this movie.  It's a terrific flick.  It's also a great movie to watch at Halloween time.  How do I love thee, Brothers Grimm?  Let me count the ways.

1.  The Setting.  The Brothers Grimm is based in Germany, me thinks, during a stint of French occupation, also, me thinks.  I'm a sucker for anything French and 18th century, which includes anything of historical anything, and 18th century French costuming.  One day I'll tell you about my love for French Historical Fiction.  One day.

2.  The Characters.  While the happenings of this Brothers Grimm tale are fictional, the storyline was inspired by true characters Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.  Those two are ridiculously fascinating.  Jacob and Wilhelm, lawyers both, had an intense interest in language.  Specifically they studied philogy – which, according to wiki, is the the study of how "sounds in words shift over time" and combines linguistics with literature and history.  See?  Ridiculously fascinating.

If that doesn't blow the top of your house made of straw, then get this: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm began the first German dictionary.  They had completed letters "A," "B," "C," and "E" when Wilhelm passed (1859) and Jacob, set to finish as much as possible, was smack-dab in the middle of F when he passed (1863.)  Apparently Jacob had just documented the definition for fruit.  Or frucht as the Germs say.  (I'm still confused as to why they skipped "D" and moved on to "E."  German words don't begin with "D," maybe?  Anyone out there speak German?)

The Grimm Brothers, perhaps, are best known for their collection of folklore.  The two made a life-long quest to interview various peasants, middle-classers, 'n aristocrats, so as to document the stories passed from generation to generation.  Many of the fairy tales we know are based on the documentation of folklore collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

3.  The Lighting.  This movie has the warmest glow of any dark flick I've ever witnessed.  The lighting is beautiful.  Many of the stories collected by the Grimm brothers are dark and violent.  The movie – or lighting guy, whatever – was/were able to capture the dark and violent essence of the fables while  maintaining a cartoony-artsy glow.  I watch this movie for the lighting alone.  If you're not sure what I mean, I suggest you check it out and look only at the lighting.  Prepare. To. Be. Amazed. Or something. (Perhaps I'll come across some time to find an image that demonstrates this.)

4.  Heath Ledger.  Sadness.

5.  It's Scary!  And Suspenseful!  But not over-the-top-pee-yer-pants-can't-sleep-for-weeks scary and suspenseful.  The Yahoos refuse to watch it again, however.  That part where the gingerbread man steels Sasha's eyes and mouth sent the Yahoos away for good.  They will have none of this Brothers Grimm action.  Once upon a time, around 15 years ago, I was into horror flicks.  I mean, into.  Loved them.  Loved the rush.  Loved the special effects.  Loved the gore.  Loved to scream.  That little love affair was tempered by a three-year stint of living alone.  Nothing sours a lover of horror flicks like living alone.

6.  The clever collage of fairy tales.  Somehow, the writers of The Brothers Grimm were able to take some treasured stories – Jack and the Beanstock, The Frog Prince, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Gingerbread Man, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty – then massage each into a well-collected capsule of a story.  It's very clever.  I like clever.

I love this movie.  That's why today's Tuesday Tunes are about The Brothers Grimm, and specifically, about the folklore presented in The Brothers Grimm.  (Without links again... if I have some time – har har – I'll add them later.  Maybe I'll watch the movie AGAIN! while doing some copy 'n paste with links.)

Jack and the Beanstock
Sunbeams and Some Beans - Kimya Dawson
Happy Jack - The Who
Trigger Happy Jack (Drive By a Go-Go) - Poe
Stealing The Stock (Into] Le Renard De Nuit - David Holmes

The Frog Prince
Return of the Frog Queen - Jeremy Enigk
Kiss that Frog - Peter Gabriel
A Sorta Fairytale - Tori Amos
Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer
Kissed It (feat. Velvet Revolver) - Macy Gray

Rapunzel - Dave Matthews Band
Sister Golden Hair - America
Hair - Lady Gaga
Don't Cut Your Hair - The Pretenders
Hair of the Dog - Nazareth

Little Red Riding Hood
Grandma's Theme - John Mellencamp
The Little Red Rooster - Willie Dixon & Howlin' Wolf
Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
Crooked Teeth - Death Cab for Cutie
Your Red Dress (Wedding Song at Cemetery) - Alaska In Winter
Red Right Hand - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Mothers of the Disapearred - U2
Code Red - Tori Amos

Snow White
White Snow - Ben Weaver
Mirror Mirror - Diane Birch
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Hunter - Dido
Stand and Deliver - Sugar Ray
Mirror Mirror (Mon Amour) - Dollar
Mirror in the Bathroom - The English Beat
One Bad Apple - The Osmonds
One Magic Kiss - Brandi Carlile

Gingerbread Man
Martha's Foolish Ginger - Tori Amos
Hot Cookin' - G. Love & Special Sauce
Run On - Moby
Catch Me if You Can - Outasight

Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel - Humperdink
You Want the Candy - The Raveonettes
Candyman - Spacehog
Candylane (Bibio Remix) - Gonjusufi
Woods - The Rosebuds
The Cutter - Echo & The Bunnymen
Crumbs From Your Table - U2
Burn the Witch - Queens of the Stone Age

Cinderella Man - Eminem
Cinderella - Langhorne Slim
Sisters Are Doin' it for Themselves - Eurythmics
Hit the Floor - Linkin Park
Marlene and her Sisters - Joe Firstman
Velvet Slipper - The Lem Arcon Sound
Working (wo) Man - Rush
Ball of Confusion -  Love and Rockets
One Night, One Kiss - The Russian Futurists

Sleeping Beauty
She's A Beauty - The Tubes
I'm Only Sleeping - The Vines
Sleep - The Dandy Warhols
Kiss Them For Me - Siouxie & The Banshees
Had a Dream (Sleeping With the Enemy) - Roger Hodgson
Kiss - Tom Jones


Makell said...

So just catching up here...I've really missed all of your 'rabid goodness' on a regular basis!! I think I now have a little crush on Mr. Hall after reading that post and have a great movie on que with the Mr. Grimms boys.
See all of this great gleaning I get from your blog?

Jenn said...

Thanks for the recommendation - I just ordered it up at the library. As for the Deutsch language, it most certainly has some Ds in it. Danke, of course, is 'thank you,' which is what I say when you give me my favorite kind of beer, which is 'dunkel.' Dat dere is about de exdent of my Deutsch.

rabidrunner said...

Duh... I knew about danke. I say it all the time. Maybe I spaced that danke is German.