From whistleblower to bad flirt, the rhetoric of the whistle

Ptalk about whistling without evoking the hilarious theme composed by Vladimir Cosma for the film The friends or the final scene of Brian’s Life really isn’t serious. Similarly, do not call The Bridge over the River Kwai wouldn’t make any sense. Besides, at the rate things are going, eluding the scene, in The big mopfrom making contact with Big Mustache to the Turkish baths, just like the old credits of “30 million friends”, could be seen as an act ofcancel culture.

Not to mention discard M the Cursed, which would be judged by moviegoers as a crime of ignorance. On the other hand, evoking Fritz Lang’s masterpiece solely from the angle of the place of the whistle in the plot runs the risk of sounding like an idiot (if this is not already the case).

And what about forgetting to have a moved thought for the great whistler Micheline Dax or her current Californian reincarnation, Molly Lewis? In the record department, it would be like throwing out the Wind of Change of Scorpions, whose whistled intro recalls the cold of that time which, in 1990, blew between the blocks of East and West. A power ballad which takes us to Moscow, where, for the singer of the German group, the air takes on the scent of seesaw. A premonition in which some believe they recognize the gloved hand of the CIA.

Slaps that get lost

Finally, hiding the fact that the whistleblower, for the rest of the world, says to himself whistleblower, we would cut off the whistle, because whistling, more than a musical motif, is a language. Signal of warning, cunning, discontent… its messages are multiple. At this stage, we cannot forget to mention its (unfortunate) use in street cruising.

In terms of the slaps that get lost, let’s go back to the cinema for a moment. Cult film of the teenage genre, The Breakfast Club brings together, the time of a day of glue, a core of students that everything separates. Condemned to a sentence of silence, the small group will federate around a whistled game. It is the most seditious and also the coolest, “the delinquent”, who, denim jacket on his back, scarf tied like a pirate on his head, launches the movement.

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At a time when teenage fashion of that time (1985), and in particular this famous and essential denim jacket, was getting a makeover, the message sent was then as clear as a western theme by Ennio Morricone. A girl who whistles, it was once said, makes the Virgin cry. So let’s bet that this is true and that it is joy.

Classic Icon jacket, in Washwell denim, Gap, €69.95.
Original Trucker jacket, in cotton and Tencel, Levi's, €129.
Denim jacket in organic cotton, Acne Studios, €430.  Silk scarf, Charvet.
Jacket in biodegradable Japanese twill, Balenciaga, €1,400.  Brandy jacket, in raw Japanese Stretch denim, APC Whistle pendant necklace, in metal, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello.
Cotton jacket, Mango, €49.99.  Cotton shirt, Uniqlo.  Denim jeans, Levi's.

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From whistleblower to bad flirt, the rhetoric of the whistle

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