Ahhh… If you have not seen this movie, I say… actually I shout… “Inconceivable!”
Funny, adventurous, glorious… It has elements of a classic swashbuckler and that of a great modern, romantic comedy.
This is one of my most favorite films.
Mark Knopfler – The Princess Bride
It is not lost on me that two of my most loved films have Mark Knopfler music behind them. His films scores are as fantastic as his music with Dire Straits. Local Hero should also be on your viewing and listening list, if you have not seen or heard them!
It came out in 1987 and is “based on the 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman…”
“It is directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Goldman. The story is presented in the film as a book being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage), thus effectively preserving the novel’s narrative style. This film is number 50 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies,” number 88 on The American Film Institute’s (AFI) “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions ” list of the 100 greatest film love stories…”
Just as wonderful as the film is, so is the stunning music by multi-talented Mark Knopfler. You can easily listen to this on its own, although you will most likely see scenes playing through your head… the music is just that connected to the cinematic image.
“The original soundtrack album was composed by Mark Knopfler, and released by Warner Bros. Records in the United States and Vertigo Records internationally in November 1987. The album contains the song “Storybook Love”, performed by Willy DeVille and co-written with Mark Knopfler. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 60th Academy Awards.
In his audio commentary of the film on the Special Edition DVD, director Rob Reiner said that only Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits could create a soundtrack to capture the film’s quirky yet romantic nature. Reiner was an admirer of Knopfler’s work but did not know him before working on the film. He sent the script to him hoping he would agree to score the film. Knopfler agreed on one condition: that somewhere in the film Reiner would include the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) baseball cap (modified to say USS Ooral Sea) he wore as Marty DiBergi in This is Spinal Tap. Reiner was unable to produce the original cap, but did include a similar cap in the grandson’s room. Later Knopfler said he was joking.”
Both the movie and the music are comfort food for me… They soothe my soul and fill me with immense joy… I am literally smiling as I write this and as I listen… Can’t help it… I will watch it anytime and anywhere… Over and over again!!!
So I am happy to deliver this to you… “As you wish…”