The Fifth Element: Why I can never change the channel…

I have always said that I don´t know what I prefer most: watching a movie for the first time or re watching it a few times until it becomes familiar.

I almost always discover new things after each repeat that make me look at the movie in a different way, sort of like what re-reading a book does as well. There are about 20- 30 movies that I have watched over 50 times. Yep…I have. One of the movies that I MUST  watch is Luc Besson´s masterpiece: The Fifth Element…for those of you who haven’t seen it: STOP READING AND WATCH IT NOW. Let me tempt you a bit (and refresh the memory of those who have watched) by posting the trailer:

 The Fifth Element – Trailer

The science fiction film stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich but there is an unforgettable character played by Chris Tucker.

Bruce Willis= Korben Dallas. Bruce Willis at his finest. AT HIS FINEST.


Milla Jovovich= Leeloo (Leeloominaï Lekatariba Lamina-Tchaï Ekbat De Sebat). Adorable and the perfect being.


Gary Oldman = Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg. Can this man do anything wrong???


And last but not least Christ Tucker = as Ruby Rhod. It is said that the character was inspired by Prince and Lenny Kravitz. This is one of those roles that people either love or hate. I personally LOVE him. I think he is funny and original and over the top, fit for the movie. My idea of a unique sidekick and great casting, the man´s breakout performance is one we all remember whether we like it or not . I must also add (thanks to my friend RAFA) that I missed out on commenting on the small role performed by Tricky in the film!!!! Check it out!!!

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Written by Luc Besson (he started writing it when he was 16 and the movie opened in cinemas when he was 38). Comic Book writers Jean Giraud and Jean Claude Mezieres handled the production design and the costume design was done by none other than Jean Paul Gaultier. The movie is fantastic…from the first few minutes (oh hey, Luke Perry is there…maybe that is not enough motivation for people who were not a fan of “Dylan” on Beverly Hills 90210, but I was!) and then there’s the “philosophy” behind the movie and an entertaining plot. I loved the cinematography and futuristic look, obviously the clothes, the world the movie creates is chaotic and restricted and the cities certainly give me claustrophobia but at the same time humanity has learned to live with other species and they also go out to party on other planets and that is just something I wish I could do! I have chosen the most recognizable track from the film which happens to be my favorite:

The Diva Dance

The Diva Dance opera performance features music from  Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor : “Il dolce suono” (the mad scene of Act III, Scene II, and was sung by Albanian soprano Inva Mula-Tchako).  It is one of the most difficult arias because of its length, its soaring arpeggios, and the high F above high C. The role of Plavalaguna (Diva’s name, is actually composed of two words: Plava and Laguna. “Plava” in Serbian, Croatian, Montenigrin, Macedonian and Bosnian language means Blue (feminine, masculine would be “plav”). “Laguna” in the same languages means lagoon. So her name is Blue Lagoon. ) was played by French actress Maïwenn Le Besco. Part One (titled Lucia di Lammermoor) and Part Two (titled The Diva Dance) of this piece are included as separate tracks on The Fifth Element soundtrack, but are sequenced to create the effect of the entire performance seen in the film. The end of Part One blends into the beginning of Part Two, creating a smooth transition between the two tracks. The notes of the Diva Dance had to be performed and recorded one by one and then mixed together to fit the music. Here are the lyrics to “Ill dolce suono”:

Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce!

Ah, quella voce m’è qui nel cor discesa! The sweet sound, hits me, his voice!
Edgardo! io ti son resa. Edgardo! Ah! Edgardo, mio! Si’, ti son resa! Ah, that voice into my heart decends! Edgardo, I surrender to you
fuggita io son da’ tuoi nemici. (nemici)
Un gelo me serpeggia nel sen! A chill creeps into my breast!
trema ogni fibra! trembles every fiber!
vacilla il piè! falters my foot!
Presso la fonte meco t’assidi alquanto! Si’, Presso la fonte meco t’assidi. Near the fountain next to me sit a while!
Ohimè, sorge il tremendo fantasma e ne separa!  Alas! arises a tremendous phantom and separates us!
Qui ricovriamo, Edgardo, a piè dell’ara. Here let us take refuge, by the foot of the alter.
Sparsa è di rose!  Strewn is it with roses!

I remember the movie makes a whole event and generates anticipation towards the Diva´s performance, and the first time I saw it I was very curious and did not have any idea of what I was going to see/hear. The second she opens her mouth I was hypnotized. I thought it was lovely and impressive and could not understand how she could hit the notes (later I found out about the individualization of notes). I don´t think there is a better scene in the film than the Diva´s presentation. About the ending of the show though I must say…(everybody applaud, I didn’t spoil it!). Apart from this song, the rest of the soundtrack is a bit ambient and chill out and reggae and you can even find Peter Gabriel in there. The score of the film was done by composer Éric Serra. Is it a perfect future? Is it a probable future? What do you think about Besson´s vision? Would you be happy in that reality? I personally think I could and would like it, and if it involves this kind of music: I´m in.

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8 thoughts on “The Fifth Element: Why I can never change the channel…

  1. Two words that I still use to this day.. “Multi-pass”
    Fantastic Article, it’s not as a ‘dark future” as Blade Runner, and if there was an opportunity to fly to outer space on a cruise ship, listen to this music, I am also in…

    1. I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      And I have always loved Tricky´s performance (and voice!) …I will edit post with your comment RIGHT NOW 🙂
      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Love, love, lOVE this movie. I can’t change the channel either whenever is on and I even know by heart most of the dialogue, specially Leloo’s. Now I regret I didn’t name my cats Leelo and Korben, but who knows, if I ever have children I already have the names figured out!
    One of my favorite scenes is when the ship is leaving NY and you can see the complete set up of the city. Also the fat cops eating at Mc Donald’s or the traveling boat selling thai food. I think is a very probable future and one I would love to see.
    Excellent post as usual my lovely friend!

    1. Hey Bea!
      You are right! I do love that “sushi boat” jajajaja
      and the white cross eyed cat…
      And the NY scene: fabulous…although I know you just want to “rub it in” that you are in NY… ;D

  3. Chris Tucker was annoyin as hell, but good annoying, this film is great in so many levels, I absolutely love all of Luc Besson’s work, so I like this

    Wonderful post Naty

    1. oh!!!!!!!!!!!!
      thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Yes, there should be a Rubby Rhod spin off! 🙂

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