Keep me logged in. Want an ad-free experience? Subscribe to Independent Premium. View offers. Download the new Indpendent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines Download now. Shape Created with Sketch. Want to watch Heath Ledger serenade Julia Stiles in front of an entire school? For those wondering why 's Days of Summer is nowhere to be seen on Netflix or Amazon, that's because Disney nabbed rights following the Fox merger.
Drew Barrymore rom-com Never Been Kissed was released by Fox in , but is now essentially a Disney film thanks to its acquisition of the studio. The 40 best film soundtracks Show all This may seem like sacrilege given that the first Dirty Dancing soundtrack is indisputably the more iconic of the two.
But the soundtrack — featuring the Grammy-nominated Latin fusion band Yerba Buena, Colombian rock band Aterciopelados, and the Cuban hip hop group Orishasis — is what draws me back to this guilty pleasure of a film. When it comes to soundtracking your movie, it helps if the director is a massive music nerd.
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Of course, music was always going to play a huge part in a film about a boy in a band and his video game quest to win the girl of his dreams. Few films offer as comprehensive a look at hip-hop stars during the heights of their creative powers — even though the movie itself was a clumsily written crime drama. In the summer of , the soundtrack to a film that flopped at the box office offered the masses the gateway they needed into the Seattle grunge scene.
Adapting literary classics to modern-day high-school scenarios was the big thing in the Nineties. This mix of credible and corny mirrors a typical experience we go through as adolescents, discovering individuality via the music we listen to and trying to leave the theatrics behind. The cult status of both the featured music and the film itself suggests we can never let the drama go completely.
Flashdance, the first collaboration between producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, is important because it actually changed how some of the most popular films of the Eighties were shot. It also has a phenomenal soundtrack steered by Broken Social Scene, whose brilliant collection of B-sides proved indispensable for this film about a drug-addicted middle-school teacher struggling to deal with the aftermath of a breakup. The soundtrack was so influential that several critics suggested it had something to do with the rebirth of shoegaze in the mid-Noughties.
Former Massive Attack producer Nellee Hooper is the brainchild behind one of the greatest film soundtracks of all time. Working with composers Craig Armstrong and Marius de Vries, he beta-tested many of the tracks that ended up on the album by playing them at 5am to afterparty guests at his house in London.
As well as making a star of reggae singer Jimmy Cliff, both the film and soundtrack for The Harder They Come exposed mainstream audiences to the emerging Kingston recording industry, helping bring the genre to the US and beyond. A veritable masterpiece: The Beach soundtrack is what gives this film starring a fresh-faced Leonardo DiCaprio its vitality, capturing the essence of the trance music heard during Thai beach parties during the Nineties.
The way the music progresses mirrors the grit and darkness that begin to emerge out of paradise. John Hughes virtually pioneered the formula for teen movies soundtracked by angsty British post-punk rock. Curated and co-executive produced by Kendrick Lamar, the Black Panther soundtrack brought on a select group of extraordinary talent that would understand the themes in the film, from Anderson. Paak to Earl Sweatshirt. Leading this group is Lamar himself, undoubtedly the best choice of artist for a film that explores responsibility, black power, family dynamics and loyalty.
Where Jay-Z failed to step aside on the Great Gatsby soundtrack and let other artists do their thing, Lamar is more interested in highlighting the skills of his fellow artists, like South African singer Babes Wodumo, or Jorja Smith. In a year that was saturated with serious historical and period dramas, from a remake of Jane Eyre to The Queen, Marie Antoinette stood out for its highly stylised and fun approach to a well-known figure. It is a brilliant yet subtle alignment of modern Western consumerism and the outrageous decadence at Versailles during the 18th century.
Of course, any biopic about the rise and fall of gangsta rap collective NWA had to have a killer soundtrack — especially if its former members were involved in its production. Even so, the meticulous care with which the soundtrack for Straight Outta Compton was assembled is impressive, and provides backdrop for an origin story about some of the most influential and important records — and artists — of the Eighties and Nineties. A veritable smorgasbord for any self-respecting music nerd: Baby Driver took movie soundtracks to a whole other plane.
Unlike many films of the Nineties, which attempted to capitalise on the major rock stars of the day, 10 Things managed to select what is essentially a list of one-hit wonders, from Letters to Cleo and Semisonic to Save Ferris.
When you watch the film today, it only serves to fuel that feeling of nostalgia and add to its ever-growing cult status. Until Eden, there was no film about club culture that took the scene seriously. This was one of the first films to be defined by its music; Mike Nichols also helped pioneer the practice of curating pre-existing songs that would appeal to a pop radio audience. This was one of the first films to also be defined by its music; Mike Nichols also helped pioneer the practice of curating pre-existing songs that would appeal to a pop radio audience.
It was groundbreaking for its themes of poverty and drug abuse which made the record stand out among the less socially aware music of its time. It would go on to influence everyone from TV score composers to soul singers in the decades that followed. How do you make a film with aliens, a talking tree and an anthropomorphic tree feel believable? After two decades, it still holds up as one of the greatest and most lovingly curated collections of songs in music history.
The music is essentially a whole other character — a narrator who offers running commentary on the scenarios the others find themselves in. Prince's acting debut took place in a film that also produced one of his greatest works.
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The concept for the plot, about a talented but tortured frontman of a band in Minneapolis, was developed by Prince during his tour. Purple Rain was one of the 10 highest-grossing films of and shows Prince as his best and most outrageous self. Yet the songs also provided a window through the Purple One's enigmatic facade, to reveal the soul beneath. What is particularly brilliant is the alternation between non-diegetic sound and the silence that precedes and lasts during some of the most tense action sequences.
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Flag comment Cancel. Delete Comment Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Cancel Delete comment. Deleting comment The 24 pieces are very short, and a complete performance lasts only around 30 minutes  :. The sequence of numbers differs in Tchaikovsky's autograph score, where they appear in the following order: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 9, 6, 7, 8, 14, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, and I want to create a series of little individual pieces just for children, and with an attractive title, like Schumann 's" . Evidently, the idea of creating a collection of pieces for young people had not been abandoned by the composer, and after his return to Kamenka in April he decided to begin composition.
In the aforementioned letter to Nadezhda von Meck , he informed her: "Tomorrow I shall start work on my collection of miniatures for children". In the days following his arrival, he began to put the finishing touches to all the pieces written in April and May. In October, after the proofs had been corrected, the album was published . The silly little fellow will not understand what dedicated means Even so, Bobik is an inimitably delightful figure when he's playing, and he might look at the notes, and think that a whole symphony is dedicated to him" .
Several pieces from the cycle make use of authentic folk tunes. The Russian Song No. In Kamarinskaya No. Italian folk melodies appear in the Neapolitan Song No. The theme of the Old French Song No. Not logged in Log in. Tchaikovsky Research.