Café Society

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Sony Classical

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Set in the 1930s, Cafe Society stars Jesse Eisenberg as Bobby Dorfman, a young man who leaves the Bronx for Hollywood and a job working for his uncle (Steve Carell) as a talent agent.  While there, he falls in love, but losing that love, he makes his way back to New York and the high society nightclub life.  When he runs into his former love, will he succumb to the passion they once knew or will he be able to move on.

                The Café Society Soundtrack features music from the 1930s, specially selected by Woody Allen for this film.  According to Allen, “The soundtrack consists of music from the 1930s, since that’s when the picture takes place.  Most of the material is Rodgers and Hart, who are very dominant in those years, and have that bittersweet romantic quality that defines the spirit of the movie itself.”  By Rodgers and Hart, Allen means composer Richard Rogers and lyricist Lorenz Hart, a songwriting duo that worked together on 28 musicals and created over 500 songs.  Some of their better-known songs include My Funny Valentine, The Lady Is a Tramp, Falling in Love With Love, This Can't Be Love, Bewitched and Wait Till You See Her.

                The music selected for this album is mainly performed by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.  Giordano has had a great passion for the music of the 1920s and 1930s since he was five.  His need to create a sense of authenticity and his passion for the music pushed him toward creating a band of like-minded musicians known as the Nighthawks.  Vincent Giordano and the Nighthawks’ works have been heard on the soundtracks of such notable films as The Cotton Club, The Aviator, Finding Forrester, Revolutionary Road and Boardwalk Empire.

                I, too, have a fondness for the music of this era and therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this soundtrack.  Some of my favorites on this album include e The Lady Is a Tramp, Jeepers Creepers, Benny Goodman’s I Didn't Know What Time It Was, Zing Went the Strings of My Heart and My Romance.  Fans of the jazz sound of the 1930s will love the music found on the Café Society Soundtrack.


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