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Thursday, February 13, 2014

'Jungle' Fever?

Haven't caught up to the actual show yet, but I see that Mozart in the Jungle is one of those half-dozen pilots competing to be picked by Amazon for a go-ahead for a full series, depending on viewer response (and other matters, one imagines).   It seems like a longshot due to general area--classical music--but has a shot due to star power, including Gael Garcia Bernal as the young conductor Dudamel...er, Rodrigo, plus Malcolm McDowell.  And it's based on a memoir about sex and drugs in that world. This clips opens, my droogies, with a little bit of Ludwig Van's Ninth Symphony, perhaps in honor of Mr. McDowell.   UPDATE:  I've now seen the pilot and it's pretty weak.  Great to see some details from the classical world in a show but odd mix of serious music and "Sex and the Classical City."

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