(continued from yesterday’s post)
The theme of music being a bit like a living creature is repeated in a later part of Love Me Tonight, when Maurice sings a liitle tune that quickly spreads all over Paris and throughout the countryside. Watch for the songwriter in the middle, he truly believes he has “written” it! There are some brilliant rhymes in here, like energetic/poetic, custom/trust him … and Maurice’s idea of a romantic scene is hilariously chauvinistic. The song culminates in the first appearance of the leading lady, the operatic Jeanette MacDonald.
The tailor in this film is sort of an inspiration for my character Gaston at LiL. I can see Gaston watching this musical over and over, thinking that he’s quite a bit like Maurice.