Laura and the exes are taunting him. As the song continues, Dick considers the optimal time and place for telling Barry, though as he thinks through the logistics of his assignment out loud, he worries that he may have offended Rob, who he knows is still hurting from the break-up.
And perhaps in that fact lies yet another metaphor for the life Rob is living when our story begins. The time is somewhere in the s. But the lyric of this song says more than it pretends.
This song is about so much, if you just listen to the lyric. Here, the conventions and mechanics of theatre music are deconstructed.
Conventional, standard, not worthy of the fireworks of Aretha Franklin or Pat Benatar. His life is monotonous. In a certain way, High Fidelity works very much like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, with stand-alone rock songs.
A mix tape is a lot like Meeting the Friends, that pivotal moment in many relationships.
He is emotionally empty, running on the fumes of a once great though immature relationship. The music lingers in the background as Rob and Dick are organizing the store.
Was this because the world of High Fidelity is just too foreign to the senior citizens who review most New York theatre. Words alone can never express the love, longing, loss, or joy that music can, because those emotions are bigger and more complicated than mere words; it takes the primal language of music.
We see the first real cracks in his omniscient armor in the song "Number 5 with a Bullet," when his ex-girlfriend Jackie steps out of the number and refuses to go on. He must move from a world of self-gratification, exclusionary trivia, and obsessive list-making, into a world of self-sacrifice and the acceptance of the unknown and unsafe.
With High Fidelity, as with most of the best musicals, a great deal of story and character is developed inside and through the songs.
But this is the process Rob has to go through. The duet accomplishes a lot. Obviously as a record storeowner, music is an undeniable element of the character.
This disturbs Rob to his core, but perhaps he sees the truth in it. Many of the great world religions and myths are built on the model of the Hero Myth, not incidentally including Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, Hair, other stories. Maybe, as with Bobby in Company, Rob reviews the mess that is his life in the briefest of moments before he decides to take action.
Though he is the omniscient narrator, he actually loses control of the story sometimes somewhat like the Leading Player at the end of Pippin.
In a certain way, High Fidelity works very much like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, with stand-alone rock songs. Someone to hold you too close, Someone to hurt you too deep, Someone to sit in your chair, And ruin your sleep. It interweaves music and dialogue, it gives us important information about personalities, lands some solid punch lines, establishes its street cred in the rock and pop world, and establishes the energy and intensity for the rest of the show.
Many musicals today can claim that they reject the Rodgers and Hammerstein model, but only a few can claim that they use music, lyrics, and book in genuinely new ways.
And so the creators of High Fidelity wrote a show that lives outside the conventions of mainstream musical theatre, a show that uses music as more than accompaniment, a show that screws around with structure in the way many recent American indie films have, a show that grapples head-on with real human pain.
He compares his stereo to our stereos. It is true that a change in scene is represented visually, such as the camera panning away from present day Rob to present a moppish haired younger version of him or a more obvious cut to a different location.
High Fidelity is the tale of thirty-something misfits, people who have stopped growing after adolescence, who value descriptions and interpretations of life over life itself. These are men who honestly believe you can’t be a serious person if you own fewer than five hundred records.
Mar 24, · ‘High Fidelity’: Music’s Relationship to Relationships One film that is representative of the complex dynamic of love and popular music is the Steaphen Frears directed film, High Fidelity. Based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name, High Fidelity examines self-destructive rock connoisseur and record storeowner.
Mar 31, · Watching "High Fidelity," I had the feeling I could walk out of the theater and meet the same people on the street--and want to, which is an even higher compliment.
In its unforced, whimsical, quirky, obsessive way, "High Fidelity" is a comedy about real people in real lives.4/4. High Fidelity is the tale of thirty-something misfits, people who have stopped growing after adolescence, who value descriptions and interpretations of life over life itself.
These are men who honestly believe you can’t be a serious person if you own fewer than five hundred records. High Fidelity Themes Nick Hornby This Study Guide consists of approximately 34 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of High Fidelity.
Review of film High Fidelity - Review of film High Fidelity This film is built around different top 5 lists. The protagonist Rob Gordon (John Cusack) lets us into his life and through his depression and self-analysis he describes us his top 5 all time break up list, throughout the film.The theme of self analysis in the film high fidelity