Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Not too often I get excited about a television show, but Treme is the real deal. Finally, something that captures the look and feel of New Orleans without devolving into a bunch of cliches. The music is fantastic, and the story lines offer a compelling narrative of events in the aftermath of Katrina. Seems the show has struck a nerve, as HBO has picked it up for a second season.
One of the many references in the series, is the 1927 flood with Creighton trying to get himself to go back to a novel he started on the flood. One scene shows him reading Rising Tide by John Barry on the porch of his Garden District home.
PBS ran a documentary on Faubourg Tremé last year, which I would like to see. Spike Lee also did a documentary a few years back on the aftermath of the storm entitled, When the Levees Broke. And, of course I can't recommend Zeitoun more strongly! Great account of what happened to one family during the storm, which Jonathon Demme plans on making into a movie.