Sunday, 10 October 2010
Society waits for you
I went to YouTube to get a decent version of the Eton Boating Song to post on my previous blog. I did, but I was surprised and delighted to discover that someone had had uploaded the arrangement by Mark Ryder and Phil Davies. It's sung by Helen Moore in a movie called Society, made in 1989.
I'm not quite sure what to say about Society other that it's possibly the most surreal movie I've ever seen. I caught it a few years ago on Sky Movies and was overwhelmed by the unfolding story, not sure if the director was being quite serious, not sure if it was a bizarre black comedy or a horror movie.
Oh, it's a horror movie, alright, and how! The debauch at the end - the shunt- has to be seen to be believed. Disturbing, fanciful, surreal, hugely funny, Society is my favourite horror movie, a parable if you like, of the relationship between the social classes, a predatory relationship, with the one preying, no, feeding on the other. There is no symbiosis here, no harmony. Yes, my head is still spinning from the best champagne and to society I'll be true. Just remember - society waits for you. :-)