Monday, January 12, 2009

Sometimes on a Monday

The poet Ruth Padel was on Desert Island Discs this week (repeated on Friday). I didn't know about her connections with Greece. Her last choice of record was Melina Mercouri singing Manos Hadjidakis' song The Boys of Piraeus from the movie Never on a Sunday. This is one view of the film:
In the deployment of the voyeuristic visual economy of the show or backstage musical, modern Greekness is feminized in accordance with the gender stereotypes that determine the articulation of the Hollywood musical's style and structure. As a result, the film depicts Greek ethnocultural specificity as naive carnality and unreflexive pathos.
Padel thought it was evocative and sexy.


Laban said...

Is Ruth any relation to Una, the anti-prison activist ?

The Plump said...

Not a clue Laban. Try Google.