Day 301: Intimate Lighting 1965

Day 301

Friday 27 April 2018 11.45pm

Intimate Lighting   1965

An Ivan Passer Film

Ivan Passer was a director who I knew well because of three films in particular: Silver Bears (1977) with Michael Caine, Cutter’s Way (1981) with Jeff Bridges & Lisa Eichorn and Creator (1985) with Peter O’Toole, all of which I liked. Creator was a really unusual and very likeable little film.

The film is a slight concoction about a brother and his wife visiting his brother and his wife, and their father, in the country. The local orchestra is preparing for a concert. The music to be performed is a violin concerto by the Czech composer Jirovec. The players are mostly a pretty ordinary bunch of musicians, but everyone applies themselves to their task or role with commitment and energy. Three of the amateur players are the two brothers (viola and cello) and the father (violin).

The big question on everyone’s lips is whether or not the soloist will arrive in time to have a run-through with the orchestra before the performance. No one knows.