Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye

May’s five weeks of Saturday Movie Night were programmed by brother Steve, arguably the family member with the deepest intellectual bench regarding film.

Last night, the final Saturday of the month, his selection was the the 1992 Norman René film Prelude to a Kiss, starring Meg Ryan, Sydney Walker and Alex Baldwin.

It was a good choice: it’s the sort of movie that doesn’t get made anymore, a quirky character-driven romantic studio film with a supernatural element. For a fan of Heaven Can Wait, it was right up my alley.

Musically the highlight of Prelude to a Kiss isn’t the eponymous song rendered by Deborah Harry but rather Annie Lennox’s rendition of Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye, from the 1990 compilation Red Hot + Blue, the best treatment the Cole Porter song has ever received (which is saying a lot for a song best known for versions from Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn).

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