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Thread #62541   Message #1011278
Posted By: Nerd
02-Sep-03 - 12:13 PM
Thread Name: Faking Musicianship in Movies
Subject: RE: Faking Musicianship in Movies
My favorite scenes are when they show someone playing a concertina, randomly moving his fingers and opening and closing the bellows with abandon. Meanwhile, the music you hear is a violin and piccolo from the orchestra...

I have to say I didn't see too much horrid faking in Songcatcher. Taj Mahal really does play banjo, as does Hazel Dickens of course. Aidan Quinn really learned to play his songs on guitar, the extras in the big singing scene were real singers and musicians like Sheila Kay Adams. Actors Emmy Rossum and David Patrick Kelly really sang their songs.

The one guy who was really faking was the actor who played Iris DeMent's husband, who accompanies her singing on fiddle in one scene. But I thought he was decent at faking it. And I guess Pat Carroll must have faked the banjo, too. Are these the folks you remember, Clinton?