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re: BRIGADOON on TCM; I figured out its weak spot
Last Edit: Chromolume 05:19 pm EST 03/08/19
Posted by: Chromolume 05:17 pm EST 03/08/19
In reply to: BRIGADOON on TCM; I figured out its weak spot - bmc 05:05 pm EST 03/08/19

You're probably right, especially in light of the fact that Jeff is a non-singing role, so really Tommy needs to be a strong singer.

The weakness in the material for me (both show and film) - no matter how clever, especially for its time, perhaps, is that damn (almost) final scene in the bar. The idea that everything is reminding Tommy of something that happened in Brigadoon makes a lot of sense - but the resulting "time for a song cue" execution of it always seems just a bit too campy. It has always seemed obvious to me that at that point Tommy is already way way over Jane, so there's very little tension in the scene, as we KNOW he wants to be back with Fiona. (Also, since Jane is a new character to us at that point, we haven't invested in her at all.) I wish there were more at stake somehow, and that the "song cue" idea wasn't quite as obvious. But - that's what we have to work with...;-)
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