Musical Moments and Scenes
|Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions|
Easter Parade (1948)
This memorable MGM film by director Charles Waters was set in 1912, with a storyline of how vaudeville dancer Don Hewes (Fred Astaire, coming out of retirement) turned an aspiring chorus girl protege Hannah Brown (Judy Garland) into a star after he was dropped by his Broadway-bound dance partner Nadine Hale (Ann Miller).
This was Astaire's and Garland's first and only teaming together, and producer Arthur Freed's fifth collaboration with composer Irving Berlin. The film won the Academy Award for Best Musical Score.
It was filled with seventeen Irving Berlin songs, including:
# 29 "Born to Be Wild"
This was a late 1960s "road film" tale of a search for freedom (or the illusion of freedom) in a conformist America, in the midst of paranoia, bigotry and violence. The iconographic "buddy" film was a story of a contemporary journey eastward through the American Southwest by two self-righteous, anti-hero, free-wheeling, long-haired, social misfits / dropouts / hippies.
After a brief prologue depicting the purchase of white powdery cocaine in Mexico, the two main characters appeared in Los Angeles and sold the drugs to their Connection (Phil Spector, the famous rock and roll producer in a cameo role) in a Rolls Royce. The drug deal was finalized to the tune of Steppenwolf's The Pusher (pictured), a song which was overtly against hard-drug pushers and dealing.
The stash of money was used to finance a trip cross-country on high-handled motorcycles by the two protagonists, part-time drug dealers:
The two took to the open road on their motorcycles, crossed the Colorado River and passed through unspoiled buttes and sand-colored deserts, as the credits began to scroll, accompanied by the sound of the popular song by Steppenwolf: Born To Be Wild (pictured numerous times). It was the start of a beautiful adventure as they traveled through memorable landscapes of America's natural beauty, accompanied by the pounding of rock music verses:
8 Mile (2002)
# 93 "Lose Yourself"
Best Original Song: Lose Yourself
This semi-biographical urban drama included Jimmy 'B-Rabbit' Smith Jr.'s (controversial rap star Eminem) performance of the Oscar-winning Best Song Lose Yourself (pictured twice)
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Writer/actor/director Woody Allen attempted to recapture the era of Hollywood musicals with this musical comedy and a large cast (mostly non-professional dancers and singers).
The soundtrack contained many old 30s and 40s standards, such as non-singing actor Edward Norton (as Holden) singing Just You, Just Me in the opening scene and My Baby Just Cares for Me (pictured).
One memorable song in a hospital setting was the old standard Makin' Whoopee (pictured).
And in the 'ghostly' number Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) (pictured), spirits came alive and danced at a funeral:
It also included a romantic, graceful, and gravity-defying flying dance between divorced couple Joe (Woody Allen) and Steffi (Goldie Hawn) on the banks of the Seine River in Paris on Christmas Eve (with homage to Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris (1951)) after she wistfully sang I'm Thru With Love (pictured).
Also memorable was the song/dance Hooray for Captain Spaulding (pictured) with a decorated ballroom full of dancing Groucho Marxs.
Best Original Song: You Must Love Me
Director and screenwriter Alan Parker honored Tim Rice's book of the musical play Evita and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1978 Broadway musical in this melodramatic and musical screen adaptation. The film was most notable for its record number of costume changes (85).
The wife of Argentinian president and dictator Juan Perón, Eva Duarte Perón (pop singer Madonna) emotionally belted out Don't Cry For Me, Argentina (pictured) from a balcony (filmed in Buenos Aires' Casa Rosada presidential palace) to an adoring crowd.
The film's only original new song You Must Love Me (pictured), in which Evita pleaded for loving reassurance, was an Oscar winner (music by Webber and lyrics by Rice) for Best Original Song, although Madonna was snubbed for an acting nomination.
(alphabetical by film title)
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H-1 | H-2 | I-J | K | L-1 | L-2 | M-1 | M-2 | N-O | P-1 | P-2 | R-1 | R-2 | S-1 | S-2 | S-3 | T | U-V | W | X-Z