Thursday, August 2, 2007

Until the End of the World: Days

Released in 1991 by the German-born film director Wim Wenders, Until the End of the World (German: Bis ans Ende der Welt) has been a culture milestone for quite a few people I know. Wenders' career had always been distinguished by his mastery of the road movie and according to Wikpedia had intended this piece as "the Ultimate Road Movie".

I remember h
ow thrilled were everyone before it was released in Israel (well perhaps not everyone but everyone who likes good movies...) as well as finally watching it when it finally came (Haifa's Cinémathèque...). It was not even clear what this movie is all about as the plot is very hard to describe. We just knew it was about the "future" and being avid futurists at the time, a movie about "the future" sounded very promising coming from Wenders :)

About two and a half years ago before Carmel was born and we were still watching late night movies together I got a copy of the director cut DVD and we had the privilege to see it together. The following is our favorite scene in the movie - a magic millennium party with colorful garland lights and a a fantastic unplugged version preformed by Claire Tourneur (Solveig Dommartin) doing Kirsty MacColl's "Days".
Held by a squad of the most "powerful" living actors at the time, this scene mixes death, sorrow and happiness in the most Wendersed way there is.

I'd like to dedicate this song and post to my loving wife who has been sharing her moments with me for six years already.



Days by Kirsty MacColl

Thank you for the days
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me
I'm thinking of the days
I won't forget a single day believe me

I bless the light
I bless the light that lights on you believe me
And though you're gone
You're with me every single day believe me

Days I'll remember all my life
Days when you can't see wrong from right
You took my life
But then I knew that very soon you'd leave me
But it's alright
Now I'm not frightened of this world believe me

I wish today could be tomorrow
The night is long
It just brings sorrow let it wait

Thank you for the days
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me
I'm thinking of the days
I won't forget a single day believe me

Days I'll remember all my life
Days when you can't see wrong from right
You took my life
But then I knew that very soon you'd leave me
But it's alright
Now I'm not frightened of this world believe me

Days

Thank you for the days
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me
I'm thinking of the days
I won't forget a single day believe me

I bless the light
I bless the light that lights on you believe me
And though you're gone
You're with me every single day believe me

Days

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