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I must admit I haven't seen the film.  I had it out of the library and never had a chance to watch it, and now that I'm out of work
I have time but can't pay 20% of my overdue fines to check it out, but Bill Simmons was actually playing the piano, and probably the
same piece.  Bill Simmons is the managing director of Edyvean Repertory Theatre  (www.edyvean.org), the second largest community
theatre in Indianapolis, where he was recently acclaimed for his portrayal of R.P. McMurphy, which gave a greater sense of the
novel's character than Jack Nicholson did, other than the stitches all over the face.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Leo Enticknap" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2001 4:51 PM
Subject: Re: Hitchcockian ambiguity: ROPE, THE LODGER, SABOTEUR, UNDER CAPRICORN, et al.


> At 15:54 23/08/2001 +1000, you wrote:
>
> >Tonight (Thursday 23 August) the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing
> >Arts presents the world premiere of a stage adaptation of  the ROPE
> >screenplay by Arthur Laurents (as opposed to the original play by
> >Patrick Hamilton).
>
> The actor playing the Stewart Granger part must have been carefully
> selected for his piano-playing ability. I have grade 8 piano (and organ)
> and adore Debussy, Milhaud, Poulenc and Satie, but find 'Mouvements
> Perpetueux no. 1' virtually impossible.  My right hand just won't stretch
> enough to hit the 10-semitone gaps, for starters.  Rubenstein's
> transcription of Manuel de Falla's 'Ritual del Fuego' is kids  stuff
> compared to that.  With the possible exception of Rachmaninov's entire
> output and Granados' 'El Pelele', IMHO, this is the most technically
> difficult piece ever written for solo piano, and I'd love to know whether
> Stewart Granger really played it in the fillm, and if not, who played for
> the dub (having viewed the sequences in an original 35mm IB print on a
> Steenbeck in slow motion, the synch looks incredibly convincing - if he is
> dubbed, the technicians who synched it should all have got Oscars).
>
> Funny - I saw Chabrol's 'Merci Pour le Chocolat' the other day and thought
> that the dubbing of Lizst's 'Funerailles' (which was acknowledged in the
> closing credits) was quite convincing -  but nowhere near the accuracy of
> 'Rope', if indeed the latter was a dub.
>
> L
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