Friday, September 30, 2016

What’s It All About, Alfie? (1966)

Memories & Nostalgia



Here is the final scene, with Alfie (Alfred “Alfie” Elkins played by Michael Caine) raising the fundamental existential human question (on love), from the British film, Alfie (1966). Why do we love? Can life have meaning without love? Is there love without forgiveness?

For an additional genuine flashback memory, Celia Black records the song, “Alfie” at Studio One of Abbey Road Studios in the autumn of 1965, overseen by Black’s regular producer, George Martin. The song, written and composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, was released in January 1966, four months before the film’s release. It became a hit in the U.K. Dionne Warwick sings another fine version [here]; it was nominated for an academy award, but did not win.

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The Autumn cycle of Jewish holidays begins with Rosh Hashanah (Sunday October 2nd at sundown). It is considered the Jewish New Year, so we say Shanah Tovah Umetukah (Hebrew: שנה טובה ומתוקה ), which translates as “A Good and Sweet Year.“ I wish this sentiment, along with good health, happiness and personal fulfillment, to all my friends, family and  faithful readers, both new and old; both young and young at heart; and both near and far.