Lionized references


Although not listed in the actual lyrics, Downie sings "roman-a-clef" and "tableaux vivant" at the end of "Lionized." No doubt dating back to his days studying film, the two terms are used in film making.

A "roman-a-clef" is literally translated as a "novel with a key," and is sometimes used to describe a story that reveals its hook or major plot device only after the rest of the plot has been revealed. It's technical or production definition, used in fictional stories or movie making, is that of a story dealing with real people who are disguised in homage, parody or composite characters. A famous example would be "Citizen Kane" which tells the story of William Randolph Hearst under the guise of a character named Charles Foster Kane.     

A "tableaux vivant," or "living painting" is a term adopted from the stage referring to a group of actors portraying a well known scene from history or myth that is so well known it requires no dialogue.