Film: Honeymoon (1959)

Being a fanatic collector of youtube videos with Theodorakis’ music I found today an upload of a film, presented in the category “Mikis Theodorakis” among the newest uploads on YouTube , but I did not recognize the title: “La miel se fue de la luna” (1952). The film is not on the official list of works composed by Mikis Theodorakis, in the category “film music”. The title though must have been the reason for the mistake, because there is a film with a title that sounds a bit the same, a bit, some words are the same or almost the same: the word miel and the word luna.

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Luna de Miel

One of the songs in the film “Honeymoon” is “Luna de Miel” / “Lune de Miel”, also known as “Honeymoon song”, but even more as “Αν θυμηθείς το όνειρο μου”, “An thymitheís to óneiro mou”: “If you remember my dream”. The film starts with it:

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The film “Honeymoon”

The official list with Theodorakis compositions mentions the year 1960, but all other websites mention the years 1958 and 1959, not 1960. Wiki mentions 1959. The plot of the film can be read here.

Honeymoon

Cast: Anthony Steel, Ludmilla Tchérina, Antonio, Léonide Massine, Rosita Segovia, Carmen Rojas, María Gámez, Diego Hurtado, Juan Carmona, María Carla Alcalá

The film was directed by the English Michael Powell, (30 September 1905 – 19 February 1990), and the Russian ballet dancer Léonide Massine (9 August 1896 – 15 March 1979) created the choreography for a special dance in the film.

There exists a long film part however with the ballet “El Amor Brujo“. The music in this film part is not composed by Mikis Theodorakis, but by the Spanish Manuel de Falla. The choreographer is not Léonide Massine, but is named Antonio Ruiz Soler (4 November 1921, Seville – 6 February 1996, Madrid), known as Antonio or Antonio el Bailarín (“Antonio the dancer”). The dance company is “Ballet Español de Antonio”. In 1986, Spanish director Carlos Saura directed El amor brujo based on the ballet, starring and choreographed by Antonio Gades.

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The 2nd ballet in the film

When reading the opening titles of the film, in the video “The Honeymoon Song”, I was surprised: “Ballet – The Lovers of Teruel”, “composed by Mikis Theodorakis”, “choreography by Léonide Massine”. The Lovers of Teruel is also the title of a musical-ballet-film, and the music is composed, indeed, by Mikis Theodorakis. More about it in my post. The film “The Lovers of Teruel” has been released in 1962, three years after the film production of “Honeymoon” (in US the film “Honeymoon” was titled “The Lovers of Teruel”). The ballet in the film “Honeymoon”, named “The Lovers of Teruel”, existed already before the film “Honeymoon” was produced, so before 1959. Obviously. Or is it especially composed for this film? I cannot find this ballet in any video on the web, and neither in any article. Since I have not the full “Honeymoon” film I cannot search for this ballet. The full film of “Les Amants de Teruel” is in my video playlists, and possibly this Teruel-ballet is there. If so, I will add this here as soon as possible.

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The lyrics of “the honeymoon song”

English:

The Honeymoon Song
Lyrics: William Sansom

I never knew that a day like today lay before us
I’ve got the sun in my heart and my heart’s in the sun
Skies are as bright as your eyes
The horizon is open
Love is the ceiling
Feelings are reeling
Free as the air

Forever on and forever
Forever on side by side
Who ever knew that we two could be free as we’d fancy?
Fancy is free
But are we who are bound to each other by love?
To each other by love

Who ever knew that we two could be free as we’d fancy?
Fancy is free
But are we who are bound to each other by love?
To each other by love
To each other by love
To each other by love

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Greek:

Αν θυμηθείς τ΄ όνειρό μου
Στίχοι: Νίκος Γκάτσος

Στην αγκαλιά μου κι απόψε σαν άστρο κοιμήσου
δεν απομένει στον κόσμο ελπίδα καμιά
τώρα που η νύχτα κεντά με φιλιά το κορμί σου
μέτρα τον πόνο κι άσε με μόνο στην ερημιά

Αν θυμηθείς τ’ όνειρό μου
σε περιμένω να `ρθεις
μ’ ένα τραγούδι του δρόμου να ρθεις όνειρό μου
το καλοκαίρι που λάμπει τ’ αστέρι με φως να ντυθείς

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Additional information

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About "The Music of Mikis Theodorakis"

The blog "The Music of Mikis Theodorakis" started in 2010. The not-for-profit activities of the initiator were and are to collect, create and publish information about the MUSIC of the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis via YouTube, Google+, Twitter, and this blog. Sources for this information are utterly strictly related with Mikis Theodorakis' Music only. The icon is a bouzouki. It is Greece's national symbol for freedom. During the Regime of the Colonels (Military Junta, 1967-1974) the bouzouki was forbidden. Mikis Theodorakis used this authentic Greek instrument in almost all his compositions, and Greeks were listening to Theodorakis's music in the underground scene, during the Military Junta time.
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One Response to Film: Honeymoon (1959)

  1. Andreas Zervakis says:

    Excellent post

    Liked by 1 person

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