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Song choices that were so damn perfect you'd think they wrote the entire film around it?

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Song choices that were so damn perfect you'd think they wrote the entire film around it?

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Post by Ivan0716 » December 25th, 2018, 7:12 am

^That was the impression I got after seeing the ending of 45 Years (thanks for completely destroying one of my favourite songs for me btw), and I've been trying to think of other films that has that one perfect song which more or less sums up the entire film like it did there. Only managed to come up a few, all of which were films I had seen in the past few months :ermm: :

45 Years (2015) - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by The Platters (SPOILER IN LINK)
Attenberg (2010) - Tous les garçons et les filles by Françoise Hardy
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) - What's Up by 4 Non Blondes
Ash is Purest White (2018) - How Much Love Can Be Repeated[有多少愛可以重來] by Dick and Cowboy[迪克牛仔]

Can anyone think of any?

Original songs = cheating, obviously.

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Post by brokenface » December 25th, 2018, 9:26 am

Jackson Frank's Blues Run the Game was pretty damn spot on in The Old Man and the Gun.

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Post by Onderhond » December 25th, 2018, 10:05 am

The entire Pi soundtrack. It's one of the few first where soundtrack and film truly blend together and seem to have influenced each other. There's also Umfeld, but that was the entire outset of the film (and it's way more abstract, so a little easier to do).

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Post by OldAle1 » December 25th, 2018, 3:35 pm

First one that comes to mind is Johnny Hartman's rendition of "It Was Almost Like a Song" in The Bridges of Madison County



Although to be fair every song on that soundtrack is perfectly chosen.


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Post by OldAle1 » December 25th, 2018, 4:06 pm

OH YES, how could I have forgotten Terence Davies? I don't know that ANYBODY has ever put together better soundtracks of previously released material than he did on this and Distant Voices. Just perfect choices.

Just about 2 years since Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher left... (u)

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Post by Carmel1379 » December 25th, 2018, 4:18 pm

the entire soundtrack of

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whom shall we find
Sufficient? who shall tempt with wand’ring feet
The dark unbottom’d infinite Abyss,
And through the palpable obscure find out
His uncouth way, or spread his aerie flight,
Upborn with indefatigable wings,
Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive
The happy Ile?

Nur dein Auge – ungeheuer / Blickt michs an, Unendlichkeit!
Close the world. ʇxǝu ǝɥʇ uǝdO.
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Post by rnilsson19 » December 25th, 2018, 5:17 pm

This one at the end of 'Apres Mai (2012)'.



She lies in waterfalls of dreams
And never questions what it means.
And all along the desert shore
She wanders further ever more
The only thing that’s left to try
She says to live I have to die.

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Post by Onderhond » December 25th, 2018, 7:17 pm

Carmel1379 wrote:
December 25th, 2018, 4:18 pm
the entire soundtrack of
Well ... the film was as crap as the soundtrack, so in a way it did fit.

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Post by Carmel1379 » December 26th, 2018, 12:48 am

Onderhond wrote:
December 25th, 2018, 7:17 pm
Carmel1379 wrote:
December 25th, 2018, 4:18 pm
the entire soundtrack of
Well ... the film was as crap as the soundtrack, so in a way it did fit.
Parts of that film were specifically build around the particular songs, exactly choreographed to fit ‘em.

I can’t really think of film examples where the music was antecedent and very-possibly a script-backbone. Stuff like Blue Velvet come to mind, but there’s just so much more going on there (with even better songs).


I read that Tarantino tries to include the songs which inspire his writing process within his films, preferrably exactly during the moment scripted during a particular listen.


The end credits song for The House That Jack Built is very very apt, but something that would’ve come later and not earlier.

Romance movies I’d tend to think would be especially inspired by some passionate songs they’d want to include at all costs. Like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Beck’s Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime? But again, that’s a pretty conceptual film, so it’s difficult to say. Obviously there are countless songs in films which fit ‘em perfectly, but usually there’s so much else going on in the movies one can’t say the films were that dependent on the songs.
IMDb, letterboxd, tumblr
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whom shall we find
Sufficient? who shall tempt with wand’ring feet
The dark unbottom’d infinite Abyss,
And through the palpable obscure find out
His uncouth way, or spread his aerie flight,
Upborn with indefatigable wings,
Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive
The happy Ile?

Nur dein Auge – ungeheuer / Blickt michs an, Unendlichkeit!
Close the world. ʇxǝu ǝɥʇ uǝdO.
t o B e c o n t i n u e d

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Post by mjf314 » December 26th, 2018, 1:36 am

Are we only talking about songs with singing? Or is classical allowed?

If classical is allowed, then Fantasia is the first film that comes to mind.

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Post by peeptoad » December 26th, 2018, 4:40 am

Stealers Wheel- Stuck in the Middle With You

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Post by Onderhond » December 26th, 2018, 6:14 am

Carmel1379 wrote:
December 26th, 2018, 12:48 am
Parts of that film were specifically build around the particular songs, exactly choreographed to fit ‘em.
Yeah, I read that before but that just means the execution was just very sloppy and/or lazy. I think the bar should be way higher nowadays.

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Post by shugs » December 26th, 2018, 1:49 pm

The song used during Thief's ending. Such a badass movie.



Moby's cover of Joy Division's New Dawn Fades used during the highway scene in Heat.



Gheorghe Zamfir's pan flute playing in Picnic at Hanging Rock, though it's used multiple times throught the movie.



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