This bit of movie dialogue has been a favorite around the La Historia compound as of late. When I heard Bowie's gorgeous "Life on Mars" this morning, it made me think of the clip, and I knew I had to share, you'll see why.
It's from the Woody Allen movie Hannah and Her Sisters, and pretty much comprises a flashback that Allen's character Mickey experiences about a disastrous date he once had with the woman whom he'll counterintuitively end up marrying.
Pretty amazing when the date ends with Mickey hollering the worst insult he can think of to Holly
Mickey: You don't deserve Cole Porter!
Woody is of course all about Cole Porter and Paul Whiteman and the Dixieland jazz, so when Holly, played by Dianne Wiest, drags Mickey to the slightly more modern CBGB's to see The 39 Steps, you know that all the neuroses and risk-avoidance tactics for which Allen's characters are justly known will be in spotlight.
The New York new wave music at least as loud as the dialogue, perhaps louder
Mickey: My ears are experiencing a meltdown!
Soon Mickey is begging Holly to leave, and the film cuts to the two outside the club.
Holly: I love songs about extraterrestrial life, don't you?
Mickey: Not when they're sung by extraterrestrials!
Holly and Mickey From Hannah.mp3
192 kbps mp3, up for six weeks, or until MGM sends me the takedown letter (Right click and save as target)
File under: Movie dialogue
David Bowie - Hunky Dory - 04 - Life on Mars.mp3
This file was removed May 22, 2010. If you're still way interested in coming up with a copy of this--and really can't figure out where you might get one--drop me an email and I'm sure I'll be able to figure something out for you.
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