Song for the Unification of Europe – Julie’s Version

23 May

Peter and I watched today: Three Colors blue. If you listen to some of the music of the youtube videos you’ll get some idea what this movie is about. Two more movies are to follow. I love to listen to this music. And I loved the way this movie was made. Juliette Binoche is excellent as Julie.

From Wikipedia:

Three Colors: Blue (1993)
“Trois couleurs: Bleu” (original title)

1 Corinthians 13 is the thirteenth chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It isauthored by Paul of Tarsus and Sosthenes in Ephesus.[1][2] This chapter covers the subject of “love”. In the original Greek, the word ἀγάπη agape is used throughout. This is translated into English as “charity” in the King James version; but the word love is preferred by most other translations, both earlier and more recent.

Soundtrack of the film Three Colors: Blue composed by Zbigniew Preisner features a solo soprano singing the epistole in Greek (in a piece titled “Song for the Unification of Europe”).

Storyline

The first part of Kieslowski’s trilogy on France’s national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. ‘Blue’ is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film’s theme of liberty is manifested in Julie’s attempt to start life anew, free of personal commitments, belongings, grief or love. She intends to numb herself by withdrawing from the world and living completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heal Julie and draws her back to the land of the living. Written by Anonymous

Plot Keywords: liberty | love | grief | composer | car accident
Genres: Drama | Music | Mystery | Romance

6 Responses to “Song for the Unification of Europe – Julie’s Version”

  1. The Emu May 23, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    Thanks for that link to the movie Uta, sounds intriguing, we will check it out, probably have to buy it on DVD as the rules are strict on downloading now.
    Kind regards.
    Ian

    • berlioz1935 May 23, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

      Ian you can still watch it on SBS on Demand or on YouTube

  2. berlioz1935 May 23, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

    A great movie with an excellent soundtrack by Zbigniew Preisner.

  3. stuartbramhall May 25, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    I’m not sure if unification of Europe is a good idea. As far as I can see it only serves to consolidate the power of the economic elite. Historical experience shows that people have more democratic rights in small regional units where they can participate directly in decision making.

    • berlioz1935 May 25, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

      It is a splendid idea. Whether the present (political) model is the right one, history will tell. It is a very loose federation in which no single nation can dominate. People say Brussels makes all the decisions, but this is not true. It is always a hard-fought compromise.

      One should not forget that the original idea was to tie in Germany as much as possible. Cutting smaller countries loose again could be catastrophic for them. Greece will be a lesson we all have to learn from.

      The young people like the freedom and ease with which they can travel.

      You say, “Historical experience shows that people have more democratic rights in small regional units where they can participate directly in decision making.” Smaller states were usually run by small tinpot despots always at war with its neighbours.

      Switzerland is under great pressure to join the EU.

      Wars have been avoided for seventy years in Europe. The two exceptions, the former Jugosslawia and now the Ukraine, were not caused by the unification of Europe.

      The perceived success of Europe is a big attraction for people from Africa and the Middle East.

      There are lots of problems with the new Europe and I hope they will be able to find a better way of decision making in the future.

  4. Island Traveler May 25, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    A must see movie. Thank you for sharing this. A wonderful story of hope, love and healing of body, mind, heart and soul.

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