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The Louisville Film Society presents 'Music From the Big House' and 'Into the Ni
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Music is a wonderful thing. As is film. The two go hand-in-hand. Film provides the visuals, but often relies on the music – or lack thereof, which is usually a conscious choice on the part of the filmmaker – to help set the mood. The best film scores will seamlessly integrate the music into the narrative of the film (see especially: Ennio Morricone's scores for For a Few Dollars More

and

One Upon a Time in the West

).

It is natural that we should also love films about music. My personal favorite music documentary is

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

. Johnston is an intensely interesting person, with terribly amateur yet weirdly moving music – and his personal story is like a surreal dream. Check it out.

Tonight (Friday): the Louisville Film Society presents two music documentaries at the Dreamland Film Center. The first is

Music From the Big House

, in which we take a trip with Rita Chiarelli, “the goddess of Canadian Blues,” to Angola Prison in Louisiana – once termed the bloodiest prison in America. Nowadays, there is a lot of amazing blues music being produced there by the inmates, and Chiarelli goes to meet some of these musicians and hear their incredible sounds.

Music From the Big House

screens at 7:00. Admission is $5.

Directly following is

Into the Night: The Benny Mardones Story.

You know the song – you can hear it here. Mardones hit it big in 1980 with “Into the Night,” but was doomed to be a one-hit wonder – and then his rock-and-roll lifestyle became too intense and he was blacklisted. After a period of depression during which he was close to suicide, he suddenly burst back into the music scene in a big way in Syracuse, New York.

Into the Night

is his story. It screens at 9:00 and admission is $5.

The Dreamland Film Center is located at 810 E. Market Street. Further information about all the shows there can be found at the Louisville Film Society website.

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There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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