ONE OF THE BEST FILMS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN

by Ross Sharp

The 1996 adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s “Mother Night”, directed by Keith Gordon, starring Nick Nolte, Alan Arkin and John Goodman.

This film played for one week at the Academy Valhalla in Paddington, Sydney back in 1997 or ‘98. I saw it three times during that week.

Nolte’s opening monologue in the trailer is one of the most spine-chilling things you will ever hear.

The music is “Cantus in Memorium Benjamin Britten” by Arvo Pärt.

In this extraordinary scene, Nolte’s character, Howard Campbell Jr., finds himself “with absolutely no reason to move in any direction”. Watch for Vonnegut’s brief appearance as a passer-by …

Here is the full version of the Cantus as performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner in 2010 …

And this version, with the orchestra standing, is from A Far Cry, live at the New England Conservatory, October 2008 …

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