Movies and Songs

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From my moviebrickroad page, following the journey of Dorothy, what comes after meeting Glinda in the land of Oz?

Next on my themed ‘Wizard of Oz’ agenda is tackling those musical guys and gals of the Munchkin gang and their fondness for speaking through song. Musicals are clearly the way forward for expressing emotions through lyrical behaviour, though other films can be just as fun with a burst of song/dance thrown in for good measure.

ANCHORMAN

A great harmony of comedy and classic barbershop style singing that arrives with the Brick ‘I Love Lamp’ Tamland stamp of approval. More humour for coming out of nowhere.

500 DAYS OF SUMMER

A funky awesome dance sequence to visually illustrate the morning after having sex with Summer (Zooey Deschanel)! Joseph Gordon Levitt walks the city streets with great pizazz and the Hall and Oates tune is so uplifting.

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

One shocking use of song but delightfully so in making a classic song feel twisted and evil. The Gene Kelly musical number becomes unnerving and frightening and sets the tone of silly fun that Alex likes to have through violence.

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

A soothing beautiful yet haunting song sung with class and unrivalled beauty by Audrey Hepburn. A moment of music that lets Paul fall in love with Holly Golightly.

HER

A stunning film in general and the relationship between Theodore and Samantha is expressed with grace and touching tenderness through ‘The Moon Song’. A connection of man and technology that is utterly believable and this song helps that connection.

ALMOST FAMOUS

A case in point of music bringing people together. Elton John’s well recognised song is used to masterful effect to see the tour bus united after a rift of sorts. All of them singing ‘Tiny Dancer’ does bring about a case of the ol’ goosebumps.

Songs truly do a lot to help elevate the mood of a film and also let us in on character’s feelings at that specific point. Whether it is a musical or not, having a person break into song can sometimes be odd but it can also be used for an element of fun, surprise and express emotions that would otherwise be too forced into exposition through dialogue.

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