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10 November 2003 @ 11:25 am
Music to Movie  
The "Current Music" section of _megalomania_'s last post inspired me to put on an Aimee Mann CD.

Do you people understand what a magnificent singer/songwriter this woman is?

Most music pales beneath the emotional intensity of her melodies/lyrics/voice.

The lyrics in particular are poetry at its most divine.

Rant, rant, rant.

Go listen to some Aimee Mann, and while you're at it watch Magnolia, which is an amazing example of a film adaptation of songs - the songs of Aimee Mann. Just in case any of you screenwriting students were sceptical when this possibility was raised in last week's discussion of adaptation.

Can anyone think of any other movies adapted from songs/music?
Pink Floyd's The Wall
Hurricane (I think this is based on a book, actually - Carter's personal account? Anyone? Anyone?)
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: Aimee Mann - Bachelor No. 2
Outlier Manlukeii on November 9th, 2003 05:46 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen it myself, but I thought that "Help!" was made based on the Beatles songs, rather than the songs being made to fit the movie.
Jacobyak_boy on November 9th, 2003 09:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Help!
I don't think so.
Maybe you're thinking of Yellow Submarine.

Help! is a rather plotless "chase" movie, with the Beatles being pursued from one location to the other by a weird cult that wants Ringo's ring. They decided on the filming locations by the Beatles themselves saying, "let's go skiing", "lets go to the Bahamas". So it was basically treated as a way to get a movie studio to pay for their holiday, and the Beatles spent most of the time (during filming) stoned. The movie is sort of built around the songs, but only in terms of "how can we link to this song?" or "what would be some good hijinks to have going on on-screen while this song plays". So, the songs didn't really affect the story as such - except insofar as the story was kept fairly vague so that any of the Beatles' repertoire would fit the action.

Yellow Submarine on the other hand is indeed a (rather clumsy) adaptation of the Beatles' songs into a movie script. So the movie has our four heroes travelling in a Yellow Submarine, meeting the Nowhere Man, masquerading as Sargeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, etc. Pretty cheesy stuff. But it was a good, light-hearted vehicle for their songs (and not nearly as woeful as Magical Mystery Tour), but of course the Beatles themselves did not perform the speaking roles, supplied instead by impersonators/actors. They did however provide the songs and appear in a brief (live-action) cheerio at the end.

Their first film, A Hard Day's Night, was certainly their best, being a great piss-take of the Beatlemania phenomenon. This film also really captures the Beatles persona wonderfully, portraying their wit without degenrating into farce like Help!
Outlier Manlukeii on November 9th, 2003 05:56 pm (UTC)
Convoy and Copacabana
According to IMDB the 1978 movie Convoy is "Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall"

And the 1985 movie Copacabana: "Barry Manilow's hit song is the inspiration for this movie"


Robet Éivaayvah on November 10th, 2003 05:03 am (UTC)
You don't know anything,
because you don't know Nightwish.

Tarja is the definition of a great singer.
Jacobyak_boy on November 11th, 2003 02:03 am (UTC)
I have heard your Nightwish, and to compare such rubbish to Aimee Mann is like comparing dog-shit to caviar.
Robet Éivaayvah on November 11th, 2003 01:10 pm (UTC)
You haven't yet heard the best of Nightwish, nor have you really heard any. To truly enjoy Nightwish, you need to hear the full orchestration of all the instruments... i.e. you need to hear it loud.

The music of theirs you heard was only pale in comparison to their other albums anyway.

And Nightwish's singer... there's just no comparison... Though I believe that Gareth was right about them not always using their synthesizer to their benefit.

I doubt you'd like Nightwish anyway, however. Your tastes seem unreliable at best.
Jacobyak_boy on November 11th, 2003 02:49 pm (UTC)

Because I don't like European Orchestral Heavy-Metal, or whatever this Nightwish is?

Have you even heard any Aimee Mann?
Robet Éivaayvah on November 11th, 2003 02:53 pm (UTC)
Tolerable, but not enough to tempt me.
Steph_megalomania_ on November 11th, 2003 06:02 am (UTC)
*seconds this completely* I'm trying to d/l as many Aimee Mann songs as possible after hearing Ghost World (which has been played so many times it's a wonder my cd player hasn't exploded). Ahh and thanks for reminding me - hopefully tomorrow I'll find out if the local video place has Magnolia.

Can anyone think of any other movies adapted from songs/music?
I was going to say The Beatles with either Help! Or their Magical Mystery Tour movies...but I honestly have no idea if those were adapted from existing songs or if the songs were written specifically for the movies.

There's a Clint Eastwood movie called Play Misty For Me...I can't remember if the song 'Misty' actually exists or not so shutting up now might be a good idea. Oops.
Jacobyak_boy on November 11th, 2003 02:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, there really is a song called 'Misty'.
It's one of those songs that all lounge singers must have in their repertoire.

"Look at me,
I'm as helpless as a kitten up a tree
And I feel like I'm clinging to a cloud.
I can't understand,
I get misty just holding your hand."

Steph_megalomania_ on November 11th, 2003 04:55 pm (UTC)
Oh dear...it sounds like rather a painful song (from that description). I've seen Play Misty For Me a few times and now that I've had a chance to think about it (while both sober and awake)...I doubt it was adapted from the song.
Jacobyak_boy on November 13th, 2003 01:41 am (UTC)
"Play Misty For Me" presumably refers to what you'd say to the guy at the piano.
The song is pretty sappy.
Steph_megalomania_ on November 13th, 2003 01:47 am (UTC)
"Play Misty For Me" presumably refers to what you'd say to the guy at the piano.

...or to groovy DJ Clint Eastwood, in the case of the movie. I've probably heard it - I think it's played in the movie more than once - but I can't remember what it sounds like. I'm sure 'sappy' is an apt description though.