Friday, February 12, 2010

Kate Bush, Classic Movie fan?

I have a soft spot for any contemporary celebrity who is a classic film nerd. I've started watching 30 Rock just because I like Alec Baldwin's geeky contributions to The Essentials. I like the host segments of the latter show so much that I've been taping them, even when I've seen the movie just because I enjoy the brief discussions. I wish TCM would put them on their website.

I read on the Smoking Gun that when Cher gives a concert she insists on having a TV with Turner Classic Movies in her dressing room. Now that's my kind of demanding diva. I've always liked her acting but that makes me like her even more.

And I'm starting to suspect that one of my favorite singers is secretly a film dork. I always thought that Kate Bush's song "Wuthering Heights" was more about the classic 1939 movie than about the book. And I just found out today that her video for the 1985 song "Hounds of Love" is (loosely) based on The 39 Steps. I quite enjoy this incredibly low budget homage to Hitchcock, but like even more this recent Youtube version which combines footage from The 39 Steps with the song.


Nancy "Beaky" Bruce said...

Have I told you lately how much you rock! :)

If I remember correctly - In Cher's homage to Kate Hepburn on TCM, it's Bringing Up Baby that she mentions as the film she's seen over and over and over again. That always makes me smile to think of Cher saying, "Be with you in a minute, Mr. Peabody!"

Jennythenipper said...

Aww, thanks Beaky :)

Another one to add to the list: J.D. Salinger was a film nerd. He had a private collection of 16MM films that he would show to his family, including Sargeant York, the Marx Brothers, The Lady Vanishes, 39 Steps and Foreign Correspondent! Not only a film nerd, but one with flawless taste.

Daniela said...

And don't forget The Red Shoes album. No doubts about the film refence in there!

Congratulations on your wonderful blog!

Jennythenipper said...

Good point Daniela. I can't believe I didn't make the connection. Duh.