A Fish Called Wedding
My wedding’s impending, which brings with it the stresses, and certain pre-marital strains, of organisation, co-ordination and some substantial, painful financial outlay.
But then a little something happens that reminds me how very much worth it, all this is. Or will be.
Since last night I’ve had a particular earworm wriggling around inside me, which is usually something that is incalculably annoying.
But this earworm is the romantic theme from A Fish Called Wanda. I adore this film. I won’t go on about why, but it’s fundamentally the funniest, cleverest, silliest and ultimately most romatic film I’ve seen.
And it has a terrific score, though much of it is hidden beneath a layer of late-80s electronica, which is a shame.
A quick Google tells me it’s the work of John Du Prez — a comprehensive piece about the composer and his Wanda soundtrack is on FilmTracks.co.uk.
The author goes into some detail about the score for the infamous Humping scene in the film — an absolute hoot, incidentally — but on the romantic leitmotif throughout Wanda, which is my earworm today, he has this to say:
“ The heart of the score is Du Prez’s love theme for the [John] Cleese and [Jamie Lee] Curtis characters, heard in a wide range of guises… The performances of the love theme are usually the duty of guitarist John Williams… the prettier orchestral and guitar versions of this theme… occupy about 10 minutes in the score.”
Ah, so it’s renowned classical guitar player John Williams to thank, as well as Du Prez.
It’s just beautiful, is the love theme. Romantic, swelling, tender, poignant, profound, dainty, evocative.
It took an age to find it online, in isolation rather than part of a bigger suite.
This random Far East site hosts it as Wanda Visits Archie At Home. Take a listen, if you can last past the annoying adverts.
A Fish Called Wanda is a wonderful film, with quite a lot to say about love, trust and relationships. There is a brilliant intercut scene between the cool, loveless, separate beds marriage of Cleese’s character Archie and his icy wife, and the aforementioned joyous, funny and very, very silly sex between Curtis’ Wanda and her lover, played by Kevin Kline.
And this, in a tender moment later in the piece, as stuffy old Archie holds the American Wanda in his arms, looks into her eyes and tells her:
“ But you’re alive, God bless you, and I want to be. I’m so fed up with all this.
“I want to make love with you, Wanda. I’m a good lover — at least, used to be, back in the early 14th century. Can we go to bed?”
She grins. “Yeah,” she whispers.
I wish I were walking down the aisle to this theme. Or having it as my first dance. But the important thing is, down the aisle I’m going. And she’ll make me feel alive for the rest of my life, God bless her.