I knew it.

Dec. 17th, 2005 12:32 am
kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
Ever since I saw the film version of RENT, the fact that they gave it a specific time-frame has bothered me. (The opening number of the original musical simply begins "December 24th, 9PM Eastern Standard Time;" in translating that song into prose for the opening of the film, they specify that it's 12/24/89.) I understand that to at least some extent it was necessary - the neighborhood in which the show is set has been considerably gentrified since it was written - but in giving it a timeframe that predates when it was written, the screenwriters made the songs anachronistic.

The one that's been going through my head most was a line in Maureen's performance art piece:

It's like I'm being tied
to the hood of a yellow rental truck, being packed
in with fertilizer and fuel oil

Which completely (pun only slightly intended) blows the chronology out of the water, as that's a direct reference to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. So the show has to take place no earlier than December of '95 for that line to even be relevant (and performance art is all about being socially relevant... *snort*). But I was sitting here, working on That Damn Jayne Hat (now finished but for the pompom on top) with various bits of music wandering in and out of my brain...and I tripped over another time-travelling lyric.

Angel's opening number, "Today 4 U:"

After an hour Evita in all her glory
On the window ledge of that 23rd story
Like Thelma and Louise did when they got the blues
Swan dove into the courtyard of the Gracie Mews

Thelma & Louise was a 1991 release. (I should have remembered this sooner; it opened at my theatre.)

It's not as though I'm going to start some giant letter-writing campaign or something to get them to redub the naming of years in the voiceover (even though it would be simple enough to do, as it's only mentioned in the voiceovers at the beginning and the end of the film). But it is nice to know that there's some justification to my annoyance.

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