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Anonymous said: I love Where Do You Go To by Peter Sarstedt, I don't know many other people that do :)
oh isn’t it just the most beautiful song?! I heard it first in The Darjeeling Limited, actually, and I knew I had to find it. I love the waltzy, old-fashioned sound, and how melancholy and nostalgic it is, and I love how chic the subject’s life sounds but also I can feel that sort of sadness and longing, both in her and the singer. It’s such a romantic, sad, and beautiful love song
Anonymous said: What's your favorite book, movie, tv show and song? :) and why? :) Xx
ah this is hard! you’re probably going to get a few answers for each question here, and a lot of long-winded explaining!
Books: I’ll always love The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje - the characters are exceptional but real, the story is haunting, the language is delicate and beautiful and still manages to be true. It’s such a beautiful beautiful story about humans and love and history and myths and conflict. I’m only going to write about this book because I have so many favourites, you can read lists I made here and here if you would like :)
Movies: Roman Holiday is my favourite Audrey Hepburn movie (she is my favourite actress and person in general really), because it’s such a daydream (Rome, gelato, chic haircut, being a princess, zipping about on a vespa with Gregory Peck), but it’s also really quite a touching and sad story. I love Amelie so so much - that’s the film that let the grown-up me know that magic does exist, in beauty, and in that it is present everywhere. Also, I identify more with Amelie Poulain than any other character I’ve encountered, and it was such a comfort to see a quiet, daydreamy, introspective person who gets a happy ending without ever needing her ‘reality check’. I love The Darjeeling Limited - I’m not even sure I can fully explain why, the look and the feel and the sound of that movie all come together into something I adore. I also love the melancholy of The Royal Tenenbaums and the perfect funny sad adventure that is The Grand Budapest Hotel. Pan’s Labyrinth is my favourite fairy-tale-esque movie, Casablanca is my favourite romance. I also love the Antoine Doinel movies by Francois Trauffaut and lots of the films of the nouvelle vague, really (you can probably tell from my blog!). I also love Atonement (for many of the same reasons I love The English Patient - which reminds me the film version does perfect justice to the book and is beautiful of itself). And O Brother Where Art Thou! I love the music and the charm, and it and The Big Lebowski remind me of my father so of course I love them.
TV Shows: my number one all-time favourite TV show is Twin Peaks. I love the mystery, the eeriness, I love stories about places or situations that should be idyllic but which have something not-quite-right about them, which slowly get more and more twisted over time. I love the look of the film, the music, I swoon over young Kyle MacLaughlan, and I love Audrey Horne. Other TV shows I like are Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (an Australian show based on a series of Australian books with the greatest lead character), True Detective, Call the Midwife, Les Revenants… there are probably more but I’m afraid I’ve completely blanked! I’m looking for a new show to watch with my mother, I can’t find anything!
Songs: You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones, Where I End and You Begin by Radiohead, Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) by Peter Sarstedt, Je N’Attends Plus Personne by Francoise Hardy, Ya Hey by Vampire Weekend, Electrolyte by REM, Into My Arms by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Valium by Lisa Mitchell, Suck it and See by the Arctic Monkeys, Pale Blue Eyes by The Velvet Underground, The Fairest of the Seasons by Nico, Ask by The Smiths, Le Ciel Dans Une Chambre by Carla Brunei. I don’t know what it is about these songs in particular; I love a lot of music, especially by these artists, but something about these songs stirred something in me; form the first time I listened to them I knew they would always be very very special to something very deep in me.
Thank you for asking me this, though I’m afraid you probably got a lot more than you bargained for! I enjoyed writing this very much; sometimes I forget how dearly I love some things xxx