My Gleanings

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Jean-Luc Godard previews South Pacific

A regular feature in Cahiers du Cinema in the 50s and 60s was "Photo of the Month". In the November 1957 issue of Cahiers on page 43, Jean-Luc Godard wrote this short piece commenting on a photo of Joshua Logan and Mitzi Gaynor on the set of the soon to be relelased film South Pacific (March 1958 in the USA). (my translation)

"Joshua Logan and Mitzi Gaynor rehearse a song in French from South Pacific

dites-moi/pourquoi/la vie est belle

dites-moi/pourquoi/la vie est drole

dites-moi/pourquoi/chère mad'moiselle

est-ce parce que/vous m'aimez

Such is the opening of South Pacific from the Rodgers and Hammerstein operetta where Joshua Logan has redone these couplets in his own words. Apart from that, Todd-AO, six million dollars, the Hawaiian Islands, Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi, John Kerr and under the paternal eye of Buddy Adler, introducing France Suyen (sic). Doubt is not permitted, esthetically speaking, the next film of Joshua Logan will be colossal"