Friday, March 23, 2012

Broadwalk Empire, 一件頭內衣, 好了歌

Period 服飾可顯製作水平


一口氣三天看完了 Broadwalk Empire 的第一季,已經忘記了第一集的細節,而該集 (Pilot) 正是由 Martin Scorsese 執導。當然由大導演大資金 (US$18M) 打頭炮,是要求其宣傳效果。其實電視劇需要「文火」炮製,第一集除非有懾人塲面,否則云云新角色、个个生面孔,我覺得是較難入戲的。

不過一經熱身,在重頭製作班底下,越看越有勁頭。Martin Scorsese 在其餘集數只擔任執行監製,劇本是 The Sopranos 的 Terence Winter。故事發生在二十年代禁酒令 Prohibition 下的美國。芝加哥黑帮式荷李活製作相信大家看得不少,電影多注重官能刺激的暴力埸面,但 Broadwalk Empire 細水長流的電視,則偏向情節與性格的發展。


  • 演員沒有特別的帥哥或甜姐兒。起用專演「怪雞」角色的 Steve Buscemi 為主角更是大膽。
  • 黑金政治與官商勾結亙古有之,作為壁上觀其實也趣味央然。
  • 爵士音樂與 Big Band Sound!
  • HBO 當然沒有 Network TV 的电檢限制,性感與血腥埸面可以發揮更多。但我最鍾愛的是女角們的「一件頭」內衣,so much feminine。看過 Victoria’s Secret 的 Angels Show, 那是誇張的性感,如果 Angels 們不是加了翅膀,胸圍加了鑽石,其內衣也近千篇一律。我不懂時裝設計的用語,沒法形容 Broadwalk Empire 的內衣,但那是十分柔婉的女性美。
  • 當然,男士們熨貼的西服, Tweed,Bowler Hat,閃亮皮鞋,帶人回到講求 Craftsmanship 的年代。我欣賞嚴謹的製作,戲服有專人設計縫造,部份更是來自當年的 Vintages。
  • 看過 Martin Scorsese 的 Shutter Island,覺其CG 的 Lighting 效果有點生硬 (開埸時的海、船、島外景),Broadwalk Empire 開埸片段又有同样缺陷。(我曾在課室內學習 Photoshop, AfterEffect )

正如上面所說,第一集如何體現大師功力已沒什印象,但最后一集尾聲的一段 montage 加上 Jazz singing 則十分動人。歌曲是爵士大師 George Cohen 的 “Life’s a Funny Proposition After All”,歌詞什有「紅樓夢」中「好了歌」的影子。(中、英歌詞如下,中文可惜只找到簡体版)

Verse 1
Did you ever sit and ponder,
Sit and wonder, sit and think,
Why we're here and what this life is all about?
It's a problem that has driven
Many brainy men to drink,
It's the weirdest thing they've tried to figure out.
About a thousand diff'rent theories
All the scientists can show,
But never yet have proved a reason why
With all we've thought
And all we're taught,
Why all we seem to know
Is we're born and live a while and then we die.

Refrain 1
Life's a very funny proposition after all,
Imagination, jealousy, hypocrisy and all.
Three meals a day, a whole lot to say;
When you haven't got the coin you're always in the way.
Ev'rybody's fighting as we wend our way along,
Ev'ry fellow claims the other fellow's in the wrong;
Hurried and worried until we're buried and there's no curtain call.
Life's a very funny proposition after all.

Verse 2
When all things are coming easy, and when luck is with a man,
Why then life to him is sunshine ev'rywhere;
Then the fates blow rather breezy and they quite upset a plan,
Then he'll cry that life's a burden hard to bear.
Though today may be a day of smiles, tomorrow's still in doubt,
And what brings me joy, may bring you care and woe;
We're born to die, but don't know why, or what it's all about,
And the more we try to learn the less we know.

Refrain 2
Life's a very funny proposition, you can bet,
And no one's ever solved the problem properly as yet.
Young for a day, then old and gray;
Like the rose that buds and blooms and fades and falls away,
Losing health to gain our wealth as through this dream we tour.
Ev'rything's a guess and nothing's absolutely sure;
Battles exciting and fates we're fighting until the curtain falls.
Life's a very funny proposition after all.

训有方 ,保不定日后做强梁;
甚荒唐,到头来都是 为他人做嫁衣裳。  

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