Rather Decent Movies About Music

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Rather Decent Movies About Music

Post by Rusty B » 26 Nov 2011 00:52

What movies, where music is the central theme, can you recommend?
For me, off the top of my head;

Amadeus - Directors Cut (1984)
Mozart: Forgive me, Majesty. I am a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
[Reading a review of Spinal Tap's latest album]
Marty DiBergi: This pretentious ponderous collection of religious rock psalms is enough to prompt the question, 'What day did the Lord create Spinal Tap, and couldn't he have rested on that day too?'

The Music Never Stopped (2011) This one is a jewel, seek it out!

The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll (2009) Good, not great movie about excess and regret.

Rockstar (2001)
Chris: You're gay?
Bobby: No, I got both my nipples pierced and bought a house in Morocco because I'm John ******* Wayne!

The Cotton Club (1984)
Dixie: What do they call you?
Sol Weinstein: Nobody calls me nothin'.
Dixie: Not even your mother?
Sol Weinstein: I didn't have a mother. They found me in a garbage pail.

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Post by majerjack » 26 Nov 2011 02:10

A couple of French films come to mind:

Tous les Matins du Monde, about the French Baroque composer Marin Marais. It has a beautiful visual style with a rather slow pace, typical of many French films, a style of filmmaking I rather enjoy.

Un coeur en hiver, the story of a lonely and withdrawn violin maker and his affair with a beautiful violinist. Great music by Maurice Ravel, great acting by Daniel Auteuil, and the lovely Emmanuelle Beart as the violinist.

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Post by Spyes » 26 Nov 2011 02:40

Have only seen Amadeus and Spinal Tap from that list... I was 13 when I watched Amadeus so I don't remember much, and Spinal Tap is still quoted in my circle of friends!

Though a bit 'Hollywood-y' and sappy, "Almost Famous" was a very decent music-drama that I enjoyed.

edit - as I'm a pretty big Grateful Dead fan, "The Music Never Stopped" sounds interesting to me! I will check it out, thanks!

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Post by Rusty B » 26 Nov 2011 03:05

Spyes wrote:....as I'm a pretty big Grateful Dead fan, "The Music Never Stopped" sounds interesting to me! I will check it out, thanks!
Stock up on tissues. The movie would make even Chuck Norris cry.

majerjack, no offence but the only good thing the french ever made was fries. :)

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Re: Rather Decent Movies About Music

Post by josephazannieri » 26 Nov 2011 03:29

Yo Rusty B and other movie watchers:

I always liked "That Thing You Do."

I have had my hands on every artifact in it, from those EV 664 microphones (I own 2 of them) to those Gates and RCA boards, and the various turntables and those Sears Silvertone guitar amps and those Danelectro Silvertone guitars. (As the band starts to make money, the cheap guitars and microphones get replaced with Fender Showman amps and Rickenbacker, Fender and Gibson guitars.) Some careful historian came up with the equipment.

Plus, one of my cousins went to Mercyhurst College. It's a Catholic school for girls in Erie Pa.

The story is a silly fantasy, but it's fun.

And good luck from the old fun and artifact seeker,

Joe Z.

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Re: Rather Decent Movies About Music

Post by bauzace50 » 26 Nov 2011 10:47

Hi,
AMADEUS.

Two quotes by one of the Emperor's flunkies: "All educated people agree on that", and "It has too many notes".

Regards,
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Re: Rather Decent Movies About Music

Post by Kighter » 26 Nov 2011 15:02

"The Commitments" - fer fooks sake...some of the best live bar music sequences ever filmed.

"Backbeat" - great early Beatles covers. Interesting take on the dynamic during the Hamburg period.

I second the vote for "That Thing You Do." A REALLY nice man in a camper van wants to give us a record contract!

Guilty pleasure - "Crossroads." The Ry Cooder score is stellar, even if Ralph Macchio is tough to take.

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Re: Rather Decent Movies About Music

Post by MonkeyBoy » 27 Nov 2011 22:39

Does Pink Floyd at Pompeii count? I saw that in a movie theater yers ago. I thought it was very enjoyable.

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Re: Rather Decent Movies About Music

Post by fscl » 30 Nov 2011 06:48

Rusty,

Thanks for the The Music Never Stopped recommendation.... :)

Just viewed on DVD. Spyes, definitely seek this out if you like the Dead... :)

Want to offer a few documentaries to the list:

Tom Dowd and The Language of Music

Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built

A Great Day in Harlem

Happy viewing / listening....

Fred

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Post by Spyes » 30 Nov 2011 07:44

Hey! I just watched The Music Never Stopped a couple of nights ago and I really enjoyed it! Thanks for that as well! I'll have to watch it with the girlfriend - she's not a huge Dead fan, but a big fan of that whole era.

I'll check out some more movies you guys recommended here, if time allows!

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Post by Spyes » 30 Nov 2011 07:45

MonkeyBoy wrote:Does Pink Floyd at Pompeii count? I saw that in a movie theater yers ago. I thought it was very enjoyable.
Not sure, but would The Wall count? :P

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Re: Rather Decent Movies About Music

Post by jtore » 30 Nov 2011 08:31

"The Glenn Miller story" (1954).

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Re: Rather Decent Movies About Music

Post by Finger Painter » 30 Nov 2011 09:02

Sex and drukqs and rock and roll - Ian Dury life story

24 hour part people - The Manchester scene and a tribute to Tony Wilson

The song remains the same - Zep. Not very watchable though to me

The Filth and the fury - Pistols from the words of the band themselves

Another one here for 'That thing you do'. Cheesy but something pleasing about it

The Great Rock and Roll Swindle - Yet more pistols

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Re: Rather Decent Movies About Music

Post by Guest » 30 Nov 2011 09:40

Martin Scorsese's rockumentary 'Shine a Light'. Nice cinema, and a real hoot. Fantastic closing sequence !

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Re: Rather Decent Movies About Music

Post by rubbeet » 01 Dec 2011 15:38

24 Hour Party People - if you're a Joy Division/New Order/Happy Mondays, etc (Madchester) fan [RIP, Tony Wilson]
Control - if you're a Joy Division/Ian Curtis fan
Sid and Nancy - if you're a Sex Pistols/Sid fan
"Pretty in Pink" and "Some Kind of Wonderful" - great soundtrack if you're a new wave/80's fan

I also liked "That Thing you Do" and "Airheads"

... and tonight, I'm promising myself to really find time to watch "The Filth and the Fury"! :p
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