Getting to know me, getting to know all about me….
I find it almost spooky how the YouTube algorithm seems to know me better than my own family.
Have any of you had any pleasant suggestions while watching clips on Yer Tube?
Or conversely unpleasant suggestions?
This morning before breakfast, for example, YT gently suggested that I might enjoy a 1941 clip of Hebridean housewives whacking their wool and singing while doing so. An offer I could not refuse. The girls are shown “waulking” (a.k.a. felting) the wool for Harris Tweed and singing together in Scottish Gaelic as they do so. A tradition that goes back many generations in their community.
This is true folk music. How wonderful that someone had recorded it for posterity.
It gets better. Who was the cameraman? Jack Cardiff, famed for his work with Powell and Pressburger. Look at IMDB, His career was amazing.
Cinematography for everything from the African Queen, A Question of Life and Death and Black Narcissus. And director of …..Girl on a Motorcycle. Oh dear! A film I saw at a very impressionable age. Marianne Faithful looking stupendous in leather and getting undressed rather frequently.
I got so excited that I chundered rather dramatically in the ABC Harrow cinema.
Anyway ,Terry Bishop, the director, also had an interesting career. Anyone seen his Cover Girl Killer from 1959? It starred a pre-Steptoe Harold H Corbett, as a scary serial killer. His line “Are we living in a land, where sex and horror are the new Gods?” was sampled by Frankie goes to Hollywood in Two Tribes.
The Western Isles film is 15 minutes long and you can watch it for free on the British Council website (see link below).
Whitehall were not enthusiastic!
”The Minister of Information, Brendan Bracken, personally wrote to the British Council, claiming that the film was living proof of statements that “the British are frivolous, or that they are fighting the war to perpetuate a way of living long since outmoded, or that they have lost the intellectual, moral and industrial lead which they once held.” The British Council distributed the film nonetheless.”
Suddenly I think of Bernard Miles’s 1944 drama comedy Tawny Pipit in which a group of villagers work together to protect a rare bird which is nesting in their village….
Or the scene in Almodovar’s Pain and Glory where the women are doing the washing by the river and singing
Go with the flow!
This is not exclusively a thread about Ealing, squealing, Hebridean lassies, algorithms, rare birds, leatherwear, work songs, Scottish Gaelic..
But it could be!
Has YouTube or any other site surprised and delighted you by their suggestions?
Or, by contrast, horrified and scandalised you?
Please do share!