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Guitar, piano and love songs in Once, the perfect Irish movie, this Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.

Posted on: October 7, 2013

He is a “busker,” singing songs on a Dublin street for change.  She is a Czech immigrant who throws him a coin one night.  He wrote the love song he is singing and she likes it.  That, as they say, is the start of a beautiful friendship.

The Murphy Library is showing Once, the perfect Irish movie Thursday at 6 p.m.  Running time is 85 minutes and the film is rated R for language, although the bad language is said with an Irish lilt, which seems to make everything sound better.

Actor and composer Glen Hansard notes in an interview that his three favorite songwriters are Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison.  That should prepare viewers for the music.  Once won an Oscar for Best Song, Falling Slowly, written by Hansard and his co-star, Czech actress Markéta Irglová.

Both writer/director John Carney and Hansard played together in a band. They understand the magic it can create, especially in the demo session when Irglová accompanies Hansard’s guitar with her soul-searching piano and the rest of the band jumps in.

Call 837-2417 for details.

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