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Musicals
Musical Traditions of the World: Rock and Roll (includes performance films and music videos)
Musical Traditions of the World: Rap and Hip Hop (includes performance films and music videos)
Musical Traditions of the World: Jazz (includes Jazz shorts of the 1930's and 1940's)

Hanson, Cynthia A. "The Hollywood Musical Biopic and the Regressive Performer." Wide Angle-A Quarterly Journal of Film History Theory & Criticism. 10(2):15-23. 1988
Inglis, Ian. "Popular music history on screen: the pop/rock biopic." Popular Music History, Apr2007, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p77-93, 17p UC users only
Schlotterbeck, Jesse. ""Trying to Find a Heartbeat": Narrative Music in the Pop Performer Biopic." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Summer2008, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p82-90, 9p UC users only

Rock and Roll/Reggae/Disco Movies

Denisoff, R. Serge. Risky business : rock in film / R. Serge Denisoff, William D. Romanowski. New Brunswick (U.S.A.) : Transaction Publishers, 1991. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M86.D45 1991; Moffitt PN1995.9.M86.D45 1991)
Ehrenstein, David. Rock on film New York : Delilah Books : Distributed by Putnam, c1982 (MAIN: PN1995.9.M86 .E37 1982; PFA : PN1995.9.M86 E37 1982 ref)
Hanson, Cynthia A. "The Hollywood Musical Biopic and the Regressive Performer." Wide Angle: A Film Quarterly of Theory, Criticism, and Practice, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 15-23, 1988
Inglis, Ian. "Popular music history on screen: the pop/rock biopic." Popular Music History, Apr2007, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p77-93, 17p UC users only
Muir, John Kenneth. The rock & roll film encyclopedia New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books ; Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Corp. [distributor], c2007. (Media Center PN1995.9.M86 M84 2007)
Radwan, Jon. "A Generic Approach to Rock Film." Popular Music and Society 20:2 (Summer 1996)

200 Motels(1971)
Directed by Frank Zappa. Cast: The Mothers of Invention, Theodore Bikel, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Jimmy Carl Black, Martin Lickert. A psychedelic precursor to music videos, in which The Mothers of Invention, a touring musical group, wreak havoc in Centerville, a stereotypical American town.The first color movie made on videotape and then transferred to film, it includes many visual effects. 99 min. DVD X3138
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Almost Famous(2000)
Directed by Cameron Crowe. Cast: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor, Philip Seymour Hoffman. It's the opportunity of a lifetime when teenage reporter William Miller lands an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine. Despite the objections of his protective mother, William hits the road with an up-and-coming rock band and finds there's a lot more to write home about than the music. 124 min. DVD 1106
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Frances McDormand); Breakthrough Artist (Kate Hudson)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical; Best Supporting Actress (Kate Hudson)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Frances McDormand)

Bozza, Anthony. "A Boy's Life (in Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll)." Rolling Stone, Oct2000, Issue 851, p62, 6p UC users only
Crowe, Cameron. "Almost Famous." Literary Cavalcade, Feb2001, Vol. 53 Issue 5, p19, 3p UC users only
Doherty, Thomas. "Almost Famous." Cineaste, 2000, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p50, 3p UC users only
Olsen, Mark. "The Uncool." Film Comment, Sep/Oct2000, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p61, 5p UC users only

Crowe, Cameron. Almost famous / Cameron Crowe. London ; New York : Faber and Faber, 2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .A3248 2000)

Babylon (UK, 1981)
Directed by Franco Rosso. Cast: Brinsley Forde (Blue), Karl Howman (Ronnie), Trevor Laird (Beefy), Brian Bovell (Spark), Victor Romero Evans (Romeo), David N. Haynes (Errol), Archie Pool (Dreadhead), T. Bone Wilson (Wesley). The movie centers around Brindsley Forde's character "Blue." He fronts a reggae sound system based in West London. The movie captures the trials and tribulations of young black youths in troubled London in the early eighties. 91 min. DVD X6258
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Beatles Cartoons. Volume 1-4
Presents all thirty-nine episodes of the animated television series featuring the songs and adventures of the Beatles with sing-along segments. Directed by Jack Stokes. Originally aired 1965-1967. DVD X4959

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. (1967)
Directed by Russ Meyer. Cast: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John La Zar, Michael Blodgett, David Gurian, Edy Williams. Story of an uninhibited all-girl rock group who travel to Hollywood to claim an inheritance and meet a kinky music promoter who turns them on to a whole new scene. Based on a story by Roger Ebert and Russ Meyer. Special features: Audio commentaries by Roger Ebert; Audio commentary by cast members Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John La Zar and Erica Gavin; "Above, beneath and beyond the valley: the making of a musical-horror-sex comedy"; "Look on up at the bottom: the music of dolls"; "The best of Beyond" featurette; "Sex, drugs, music & murder: signs of the time, baby!" featurette; "Casey & Roxanne: the love scene" featurette; Screen tests of the stars; 6 photo galleries with more than 300 photos. 109 min. DVD X2477
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Fischer, Craig. "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and the Exploitation Genre." The Velvet Light Trap, vol. 30, pp. 18-33, Fall 1992 UC users only
Frasier, David K. Russ Meyer--the life and films : a biography and a comprehensive, illustrated, and annotated filmogy / David K. Frasier. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1990. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.M49 F7 1990)
Hatch, Kristen. "Sweeter the kitten the sharper the claws: Russ Meyer's bad girls." In: Bad : infamy, darkness, evil, and slime on screen / edited by Murray Pomerance. Albany : State University of New York Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.E93.B33 2004)
McDonough, Jimmy. Big bosoms and square jaws : the biography of Russ Meyer, king of the sex film / Jimmy McDonough. New York : Crown, c2005.
Quarles, Mike. "Russ Meyer: T and A and $." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)
"Russ Meyer, Roger Ebert and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls." In: Movie talk from the front lines : filmmakers discuss their works with the Los Angeles Film Critics Association / edited by Jerry Roberts and Steven Gaydos, with a foreword by Robert Rosen. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1995. (Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 M668 1995)

Bollywood Queen (UK, 2002)
Directed by Jeremy Wooding. Cast: Preeya Kalidas, James McAvoy, Amerjit Deu, Ray Panthaki, Ronny Jhutti. Nineteen-year-old Geena is entranced by the glamour of Bollywood and seduced by the sounds of R & B girl groups. When Geena meets Jay she finds that life can be just like the adventure and romance of the Bollywood movies she loves. 88 min. DVD 3847
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Border Radio (1987)
Directed by Allison Anders, Dean Lent, Kurt Voss. Cast: Chris D., Luanna Anders, Chris Shearer, John Doe. Jeff Bailey (Chris D. of the Flesh Eaters) steals money from a man named Skelley who sends three hip thugs to collect. Jeff hightails it for Mexico, leaving wife Luanna in the lurch. His bandmate, Dean (X's John Doe), flaky roadie Chris, and Luanna spend the rest of the film trying to track him down. Includes music by Los Lobos and Green on Red. Special features: optional audio commentary by Allison Anders & Voss; optional audio commentary by Luanna Anders, Alvin, Chris D., Doe & Shearer; "The making of 'Border radio'" featurette (2002, 15 min.); 9 deleted scenes (23 min.); theatrical trailer; radio spot; "Echo Park" stills gallery; bios (Allison Anders, Lent, Voss, Alvin, Luanna Anders, Chris D., Doe, Shearer); music video (Flesh Eaters' "The Wedding Dice"). 83 min. DVD X3442
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Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Directed by George Sidney. Cast: Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Maureen Stapleton, Bobby Rydell, Jesse Pearson, Ed Sullivan,Paul Lynde. When rock star Conrad Birdie gets drafted, his manager organizes a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl wins a farewell kiss on The Ed Sullivan show. 112 min. DVD 5722
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El Calentito (Spain, 2005)
Directed by Chus Gutiérrez. Cast: Veronica Sanchez, Macarena Gomez, Juan Sanz, Ruth Diaz, Nuria Gonzalez. Sara gets involved in a political revolution in Spain when she joins an all-female, lesbian rock band at the underground Calentito nightclub. 89 min. DVD 8141
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Carnival in the Night (Yami no kanibaru) (Japan, 1982)
Director: Yamamoto Masashi. Cast: Ota Kumiko, Kuwabara Enkyo, Edo Akemi, Endo Michiro. Punk rocker Kumi leaves her son with her ex-husband and sets off on an unusual journey through Tokyo's underbelly, with each person she meets being stranger than the last, and each encounter more disturbing. 108 min. DVD X246

Cazuza - O Tempo Não Pára (Brazil, 2004)
Directed by Walter Carvalho and Sandra Werneck. Cast: Daniel de Oliveira, Marieta Severo, Reginaldo Farias, Emílio de Mello, Andráa Beltrão, Leandra Leal, André Gonçalves, Cadu Favero. The life and times of Cazuza, Brazilian singer/poet/enfant terrible, from his start with rock group "Barão Vermelho", to his death from Aids in 1990. The film follows his life through his career, love affairs, and involvement with drugs. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 96 min. DVD X3638
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The Commitments(Ireland / UK / USA, 1991)
Directed by Alan Parker. Cast: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dave Finnegan, Bronagh Gallagher, Felim Gormley, Glen Hansard. Fueled by raw talent and driven by dreams of glory, a dozen dead-enders from Dublin's gritty North Side share a passion for soul music that takes their band on a wild rollercoaster ride from the streets to superstardom!. Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle. 117 min. DVD 2413
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film; Best Direction
London Critics Circle Film Awards - British Director of the Year

Alleva, R. "Irish Soul" Commonweal, 10/25/91, Vol. 118 Issue 18, p614, 2p UC users only
Daly, Nicholas. "From Elvis to the Fugitive: Globalization and Recent Irish Cinema." European Journal of English Studies, Dec99, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p262, 13p UC users only
Kunz, Don. "Alan Parker's Adaptation of Roddy Doyle's "The Commitments."" Literature Film Quarterly, 2001, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p53, 5p UC users only
O'Toole, Fintan. "Working-class Dublin on Film." Cineaste, 1999, Vol. 24 Issue 2/3, p36, 4p UC users only
Pond, Steve. "Dublin's unlikeliest band." Rolling Stone, Sep 5 1991, Issue 612, p53-55, 3p

Control (UK | USA | Australia | Japan, 2007)
Directed by Anton Corbijn. Cast: Samantha Morton, Sam Riley, Alexandra Maria Lara, Joe Anderson, Toby Kebbell, Craig Parkinson, James Anthony Pearson, Ben Naylor. Ian Curtis has aspirations beyond the trappings of small town life in 1970s England. Wanting to emulate his musical heroes, he joins a band, and his musical ambition begins to thrive. Soon though, the everyday fears and emotions, fueled by his music, slowly begin to eat away at him. Married young, with a daughter, he is distracted from his family commitments by a new love and the growing expectations of his band, Joy Division. The strain manifests itself in his health. With epilepsy adding to his guilt and desperation, depression takes hold. Surrendering to the weight on his shoulder, Ian's tortured soul consumes him and leads him to commit suicide at the age of 23. Based on the autobiography "Touching from a distance" by Deborah Curtis. 121 min. DVD X7288
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Disco Godfather (1979)
Directed by J. Robert Wagoner. Cast: Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed, Jimmy Lynch. Rudy Ray Moore is Tucker Williams, the rapping owner of the Blueberry Hill disco. An ex-cop with a penchant for head-whacking martial arts, Tucker is called into action when his nephew gets hooked on angel dust. With the help of his "Gal Friday" Noel, Tucker declares war on Stinger Ray, the nation's leading angel dust producer. But as the war progresses, Tucker learns that Stinger and his goons are as deadly as the drugs they push. 93 min. DVD 4589
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Don't Knock the Rock (1957)
Director, Fred F. Sears. Featuring: Alan Freed, Little Richard, Bill Haley and his Comets, Dave Appell and his Applejacks, the Treniers, Alan Dale. Rock-and-roller Arnie Haynes returns to his hometown as a hero to the teenagers. However, the mayor and other concerned adults have banned him from performing in his hometown because they consider him and his music a negative influence on the youth. But with the help of disc jockey/publicist Alan Freed and fellow artists (including Bill Haley and the Comets and Little Richard), they hope to convince everyone that rock and roll is not as dangerous as the adults think. 85 min. DVD 7289
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The Doors (1992)
Director, Oliver Stone. Cast: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kevin Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley, Michael Madsen, Billy Idol, Kathleen Quinlan. Biographical film about one of the most exciting and controversial figures of the '60s, Jim Morrison. With his rock and roll band, The Doors, he influenced the rock music scene as no other group had. 181 min. DVD 770
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Downtown 81 (2000)
Director, Edo Bertoglio. Cast: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Deborah Harry, Kid Creole, Tuxedomoon, James White, Saul Williams, Walter Steding, Anna Schroeder, John Lurie, DNA, The Plastics. A portrait of the explosive early-80's Manhattan art and music scene with the main focus on the provocative 19-year-old artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, already known for his excursions into street graffiti art and pioneering electro-beat. The film focuses on a day in the life of Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, who are on the cutting edge of new wave music, new painting, hip hop and graffiti. Originally "shot under the title 'New York Beat' in 1980-81 but completed for release nearly 20 years later when archival footage thought to have been lost was recovered. Many of the film's original sound elements were lost during the 20 years it spent in limbo, so much of the dialogue has been re-dubbed. 72 min. DVD 1367
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Espresso Bongo (UK, 1959)
Director: Val Guest. Cast: Laurence Harvey, Cliff Richard, Sylvia Syms, Yolande Donlan. A sly, sleazy and unscrupulous music agent, Johnny Jackson, trolls the neon-streaked sidewalks of London's SoHo district in search of fresh meat to exploit. He finds it in a teen-packed coffee bar where a pompadoured rebel is dazzling his peers with his pouty, Presleyish voice and a talent for pounding the skins. Johnny renames the kid "Bongo" Herbert and with the help of his stripper girlfriend guides the potential teen idol to fame. 118 min. DVD X2436
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G.I. Blues (1960)
Directed by Norman Taurog. Cast: Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers, James Douglas, Leticia Roman, Arch Johnson. Elvis adopts an on-screen persona he knows well in real life-a singin' G.I. in West Germany. Eager to open a stateside nightclub after his hitch in khakis, he takes part in a wager to raise the dough he needs. The bet: he can melt the iceberg heart of a willowy dancer. But all bets may be off when real love intervenes. 103 min. DVD X2317
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Hard Core Logo (1996)
Directed by Bruce McDonald. Cast: Bernie Coulson, Hugh Dillon, Bruce McDonald, John Pyper-Fergusson, Callum Keith Rennie, Julian Richings. In this mock rockumentary former band mates of the defunct punk band, Hard Core Logo, reunite for a benefit concert for their aging punk mentor. The benefit's success prompts a reunion tour. On stage the band is brilliant, but old buried tensions erupt, and the boys are faced with the fact that they cannot relive nor alter the past. Based on the book Hard core logo by Michael Turner. 92 min. DVD 3496

Brown, Peter Robert. "'Which Way You Goin' Billy?': Masculinity, Genre, and Self-Reflexivity in Hard Core Logo." Canadian Journal of Film Studies/Revue Canadienne d'Études Cinématographiques, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 87-103, Fall 2009UC users only

A Hard Day's Night (UK, 1964)
Director, Richard Lester. Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr. This lively, good-natured classic captures all the fun, excitement and unforgettable music of John, Paul, George and Ringo at the height of "Beatlemania." Portraying a frantic 36 hours in the lives of the rock group and packed with all-time Beatle favorites, they perform their songs and look for adventure ... all while avoiding hordes of screaming fans! The Beatles perform I'll cry instead, A hard day's night, I should've known better, If I fell, And I love her, I'm happy just to dance with you, Ringo's theme (this boy), Tell me why, Don't bother me, I wanna be your man, All my lovin', and She loves you. 92 min. DVD 1348; vhs 999:147 (also computer interactive version COMPU/D 253)
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The Harder They Come (Jamaica, 1973)
Directed by Perry Henzell. Cast: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman, Basil Keane, Robert Charlton, and Winston Stone. A rural Jamaican musician journeys to the city of Kingston in search of fame and fortune. Pushed to desperate circumstances by shady record producers and corrupt cops, he achieves notoriety as a murderous outlaw. A cult movie favorite Cast: reggae music and reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff. 103 min. DVD 383; vhs 999:814
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Collins, Loretta. "The Harder They Come: Rougher Version." Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism; Mar2003 Issue 13, p46, 26p UC users only
Gaztambide-Fernandez, Ruben A. "Reggae, Ganja, and Black Bodies: Power, Meaning, and the Markings of Postcolonial Jamaica in Perry Henzell's The Harder They Come." Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, Oct-Dec2002, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p352, 24pUC users only
Slater, Candace. "The Harder They Come and the Picaresque Hero." Review, 18 (Fall 1976), 88-91.
Younger, Prakash. "Historical Experience in The Harder They Come." Social Text, Spring2005, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p43-63, 21pUC users only

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2000)
Director, John Cameron Mitchell. Cast: John Cameron Mitchell, Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt, Miriam Shor. Based on the smash hit New York show, this is a high-energy rock musical in the tradition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is the story of Hedwig, an ambitious glam-rocker who comes to America determined to find fame, fortune, and his "other half." Special features: filmmaker commentary ; deleted scenes with filmmaker commentary ; original feature-length documentary: Whether you like it or not: the story of Hedwig ; Select-a-song: song by song access to the film ; cast and crew filmographies ; theatrical trailer. 91 min. DVD 1148
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Awards

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - New Generation Award (John Cameron Mitchell)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Debut Director
San Francisco International Film Festival - Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award, Dramatic; Directing Award, Dramatic

Head (1968)
Director, Bob Rafelson. Written and produced by Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson Cast: Peter Tork, David Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Annette Funicello, Timothy Carey, Logan Ramsey, Abraham Sofaer, Vito Scotti, Charles Macaulay, T.C. Jones, Charles irving, William Bagdad, Percy Helton, Sonny Liston, Ray Nitschke, Carol Doda, Frank Zappa, June Fairchild, Terry Garr, L.J. Jefferson, Victor Mature. The Monkees rock group is tossed about in this psychadelic satire that gives a drug induced look into show business in the sixties. 85 min. DVD X5298
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Ramaeker, Paul B. "'You think they call us plastic now': The Monkees and Head." In: Soundtrack available : essays on film and popular music / edited by Pamela Robertson Wojcik and Arth Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2001. (Music ML2075 .S68 2001)

Help! (UK, 1965)
Directed by Richard Lester. Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, Roy Kinnear. Ringo's life is imperiled by an ancient sacrificial ring stuck on his famous finger. The ring makes him a target of a group of hilariously demented oriental mystics, who chase the boys from London to the Swiss Alps to the Bahamas. Songs by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison. 91 min. DVD 3390
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Glynn, Stephen. "The Beatles' Help!: Pop Art and the Perils of Parody." Journal of British Cinema & Television, 2011, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p23-43, 21p UC users only

Richard Lester bibliography

High Fidelity (2000)
Directed by Stephen Frears. Cast:John Cusack, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Joelle Carter, Joan Cusack, Sara Gilbert, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Lili Taylor, Natasha Gregson Wagner. Rob Gordon's record store is semi-failing, and his long-time girlfriend has just walked out on him. In order to figure out where things went wrong, he examines his past relationships with other women. 114 min. DVD 5790
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How Not to Manage a Rock Group (1968)
Cast: Kaye Ballard, Jerry Fogel, Deborah Walley, Eve Arden, Roger C. Carmel, Herbert Rudley. Sky Saxon and the Seeds star as the rock n' roll group "The Warts," in a segment on the television sit-com "The Mothers-in-Law." Songs include "Pushin' Too Hard" and others. Bonus features: theatrical trailers. Originally shown on the television program The Mothers-in-law on April 28, 1968. Issued with: Riot on Sunset Strip. 25 min. DVD 2553

I'm Not There (2007)
Director: Todd Haynes. Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Marcus Carl Franklin, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Gainsbourg, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams. Depicting the different stages and changes in Bob Dylan's career, six actors each portray the musician at different points of his life, creating a patchwork of personalities, attitudes, interests and ambitions. Special features (Disc 1): Optional audio commentary by director Todd Haynes ; optional on-screen song lyrics ; song selections ; Introduction to the film. Special features (Disc 2): Theatrical trailers ; unreleased flash card trailers (19 min.) ; audition tapes ; deleted scenes ; alternate and extended scenes (20 min.) ; outtakes ; "A tribute to Heath Ledger" ; "Red carpet premiere" ; "Making the soundtrack" (21 min.); "A conversation with Todd Haynes" interview featurette (43 min.); "This is not a Bob Dylan movie" essay by New York Times writer Robert Sullivan ); "The original proposal" Haynes' original film proposal to Bob Dylan ; Dylan chronology, filmography & bibliography ; "Filmmaker's notebook" ; still galleries. 135 min. DVD X2267
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Awards

Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Cate Blanchett)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett)
Venice Film Festival - Best Film; Jury Prize (Todd Haynes); Best Actress (Cate Blanchett)

Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Director: Richard Thorpe. Cast: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Dean Jones, Jennifer Holden. Presley plays a young man who is sent to prison when he accidentally kills a man in a barroom brawl. While behind bars he takes up singing and after his release from prison is assisted in the record business by a beautiful young woman. 92 min. DVD 6224
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Monaghan, Terry. "Rock around the clock: The record, the film, and the last historic dance revolt." Popular Music History; Aug2008, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p123-148, 26pUC users only

King Creole (1958)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dolores Hart, Dean Jagger, Liliane Montevecchi, Vic Morrow, Paul Stewart, Jan Shepard, Brian Hutton, Jack Grinnage, Dick Winslow, Raymond Bailey. On the verge of graduation, Danny Fisher gets into a brawl that costs him his high school diploma. His father demands he stay in school, but Danny has hopes of being a nightclub singer. To make matters more complicated, he gets mixed up with a local mob boss and a seductive moll who have other plans for Danny's future. Based upon the novel "A Stone for Danny Fisher" by Harold Robbins. 115 min. DVD X2317
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Brode, Douglas. Elvis cinema and popular culture Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (MAIN: ML420.P96 B75 2006; MUSI: ML420.P96 B75 2006)
Caine, Andrew James. "Calculated violence and viciousness ": the British critical reaction to Elvis Presley's King Creole." Velvet Light Trap. 48 (Fall 2001) p34 UCB users only
Kinnard, Roy. The American films of Michael Curtiz / by Roy Kinnard and R.J. Vitone. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 C8951 1986)
Messenger, Cory. "Act naturally: Elvis Presley, the Beatles and 'rocksploitation'." Screening the Past, Issue 18 Uploaded Friday, 29 July 2005
Peary, Gerald. "Elvis Presley's King Creole." The Film Journal, Issue 1 May 2002 UCB users only
Robertson, James C. (James Crighton)The Casablanca man : the cinema of Michael Curtiz / James C. Robertson. London ; New York : Routledge, 1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.C87 R63 1993)

La Bamba (1986)
Directed by Luis Valdez. Cast: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosana De Soto, Elizabeth Pena, Joe Pantoliano. A Docudrama of the man, the myth, and the music that brought America to its feet and catapulted 17 year-old Ritchie Valens to rock 'n' roll stardom. 103 min. DVD 6696
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Last Days (2005)
Directed by Gus Van Sant. Cast: Michael Pitt, Lukas Haas, Asia Argento, Scott Green, Nicole Vicius, Ricky Jay, Ryan Orion, Harmony Korine, Kim Gordon. This film is inspired by the final hours of Kurt Cobain. Blake is a brilliant but troubled musician whose success has left him in a lonely place. The film follows Blake through a handful of hours spent in his wooded home ... a fugitive from his own life. 97 min. DVD 5973
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Last Days of Disco (2005)
Directed by Whit Stillman. Cast: Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Chris Eigeman, Mackenzie Astin, Matt Keeslar, Matthew Ross, Burr Steers, Tara Subkoff, Michael Weatherly, David Thornton, Jaid Barrymore, Sonsee Ahray, Edoardo Ballerini, Scott Beehner, Kathleen Chalfant, John C. Havens, Carlos Jacott, Leslie Lyles, Mark McKinney, James Murtaugh, Linda Pierce, Sharon Scruggs, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Beals. Depicts the 'last days' at a disco palace, where drugs, sex and weirdness ran rampant. Icy Charlotte and demure Alice toil by day as publishing house assistants and by night the two look for romance and entertainment at a premier disco club. But, as the disco is closed, they wonder if disco can ever really be dead? Special features: Audio commentary with director Whit Stillm and actors Chloë Sevigny and Chris Eigeman; Four deleted scenes with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Sevigny; "From the novel" audio only, Whit Stillman reads from his book 'The last days of disco' with 'Cocktails at Petrossian afterwards' and an epilogue, 'Life among the moon worshippers'; Behind the scenes featurette; Stills gallery with production notes by Stillman; Original theatrical trailer. Booklet: Essay 'Pop paradise' by novelist David Schickler. 114 min. DVD X3837
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London Dreams (India | UK, 2009)
Directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. Cast: Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, Asin, Rannvijay Singh, Om Puri. The story revolves around two childhood friends, Arjun and Munnu, who find a way to get from a small village in India to Wembley as Rock stars, after overcoming jealousy and betrayal that threatened to destroy the lives and dreams of both men. 155 min. DVD X3300
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Magical Mystery Tour(UK, 1967)
Directed by The Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr. Take a surreal adventure with the Beatles on a fantasy musical bus tour across the countryside. 50 min. DVD 3950
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Nowhere Boy (UK | Canada, 2009)
Director, Sam Taylor-Wood. Cast: Aaron Johnson, Anne-Marie Duff, David Threlfall, Kristin Scott Thomas. Set in Liverpool in 1955, this fact based drama chronicles the adolescent years of John Lennon. Raised by his Aunt Mimi, his world is turned inside-out when his free spirited mother re-enters his life, opening up old wounds that release pain, anger, frustration, and his artistry. Special features: Deleted scenes; the making of featurette; the untold story of John Lennon and the creation of the Beatles featurette. 98 min. DVD X5218
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Performance (1970)
Directed by Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg. Cast: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg. In this underground film presenting a study of the 1960's, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to hide after carrying out a hit. He finds the perfect cover in the form of a guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, an ex-rocker looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent. 104 min. DVD 7354; vhs 999:3010
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Gallagher, Mark. "Tripped Out: The Psychedelic Film and Masculinity." Quarterly Review of Film & Video; Jul-Sep2004, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p161-171, 11p UC users only
Savage, Jon. "Snapshots of the sixties." Sight & Sound Vol III nr 5 (May 1993); p 14-18.
Wollen, Peter; Savage, Jon. "Possession./ Tuning into wonders." Sight & Sound Vol V nr 9 (Sept 1995); p 20-25.

Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (UK | Germany | USA | France, 2009)
Directed by Richard Curtis. Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Sturridge, Chris O'Dowd, Ralph Brown, Jack Davenport, January Jones, Rhys Darby, Tom Brooke, Katherine Parkinson, Will Adamsdale, Tom Wisdom, Ike Hamilton, Talulah Riley, Gemma Arterton, Stephen Moore, Emma Thompson. When the British government begins to censor rock music in the 1960's, a group of rogue DJ's take to the sea to broadcast music and mayhem to millions of adoring fans. 117 min. DVD X3860
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Pretty Vacant (1996)
Directed by Jim Mendiola. Cast: Mariana Vasquez, David Mercado Gonzales. A story about Molly, a young Chicana perennial jr. college art student and drummer for an all girls band, living in San Antonio, Texas. While struggling to publish a punk-rock magazine, she tries to stay one step ahead of her father who wants to take her to visit his native Mexico against her will. 34 min. vhs 999:3398

Privilege (UK, 1967)
Directed by Peter Watkins. Cast: Paul Jones, Jean Shrimpton, William Job, Mark London, Jeremy Child, Max Bacon. Steven Shorter is a rock music phenomenon. His popularity, carefully engineered by his corporate handlers, has reached dizzying proportions. When artist Vanessa Ritchie is hired to paint his portrait, she discovers that he is unhappy and unstable. 103 min. DVD X5202
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Quadrophenia (The Who)(UK, 1979)
Directed by Franc Roddam. Cast: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Mark Wingett, Michael Elphick, Sting. Features songs by The Who in an adaptation of the Who's classic rock opera set against the background of the passions of British street kids, circa 1964. The story centers around young Jimmy Cooper who rebels against his English working class surroundings while he and his Mod clique face their enemies the Rockers in seaside clashes. 115 min. DVD 1594
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Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)
Directed by Allan Arkush. Cast: P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young, Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, The Ramones. Comedy set in a high school where the students have the lowest academic average in Southern California, the athletes haven't won a game in years, and three principals have gone insane. Features scenes of a concert by the Ramones. Music by the Ramones, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Alice Cooper, Chuyck Berry, Velvet Underground. 93 min. DVD 912
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Rock Around the Clock(1956)
Directed by Fred F. Sears. Featuring: Bill Haley and The Comets, The Platters, Ernie Freeman Combo, Tony Martinez and his band, Freddie Bell and his Bellboys, Alan Freed, Johnny Johnston, Alix Talton, Lisa Gaye, John Archer, Henry Slate, Earl Barton. A frustrated big-band promoter runs into rock-and-rollers Bill Haley and The Comets at a small-town dance. He quickly becomes their manager and, with the help of Alan Freed, hopes to bring the new sound to the entire country. But will a conniving booking agent, with a personal ax to grind with the manager, conspire to keep the band from making the big time? 11 min. DVD 7288
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Denisoff, Serge Denisoff and William D. Romanowski. "Katzman's "Rock Around the Clock:" A pseudo-event?" The Journal of Popular Culture Volume 24 Issue 1 Page 65-78, Summer 1990 UC users only
Monaghan, Terry. "Rock around the clock: The record, the film, and the last historic dance revolt." Popular Music History; Aug2008, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p123-148, 26pUC users only

The Rutles(UK / USA, 1978)
Directed by Gary Weis and Eric Idle. Cast: Eric Idle, John Halsey, Rikki Fataar, Neil Innes; special appearances by Mick Jagger, George Harrison, Paul Simon, Ron Wood, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and others. Rutland Weekend Television takes a look at the Pre-fab Four: Dirk, Barry, Stig and Nasty; better known as the Rutles. This mockumentary, a parody of Beatlemania and the many serious documentaries made about the Beatles, follows the career of the Rutles from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg's infamous Rat-Keller, to their amazing worldwide success. 73 min. DVD 3180
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Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Directed by John Badham. Cast: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Paul Pape, Bruce Ornstein, Donna Pescow. The story of an Brooklyn store clerk who is an Italian American Saturday night disco king; he begins to question the narrowness of his perspective when he meets a girl who is shedding her origins for a more sophisticated lifestyle. 112 min. DVD 6222
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National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (John Travolta)
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Sid & Nancy (UK / USA, 1986)
Directed by Alex Cox. Cast: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Andrew Schofield, Debby Bishop. Portrays the love affair between the famous bad boy, Sid Vicious of the rock group Sex Pistols and his American groupie girlfiend, Nancy Spungen, from the initial euphoria of their romance to their tragic plunge into the vortex of drugs and self-delusion. 113 min. DVD X4363
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Cox, Alex. Sid and Nancy : love kills / by Alex Cox and Abbe Wool ; with an introduction by the authors. Boston : Faber and Faber, 1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .S4941 1986)

Singles(1992)
Directed by Cameron Crowe. Cast: Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Sheila Kelley, Jim True, Bill Pullman, Matt Dillon. "Romantic comedy about six of the city's young people, most of whom live in the same apartement building and whose lives revolve around Seattle's ever-expanding music scene. The inter-related stories about each character's progress through the singles scene are intriguing and often very funny, and the soundtrack is a grunge fanatic's dream, with the likes of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Mudhoney." [Internet Movie Database] 86 min. DVD 700
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Smithereens (1982)
Directed by Susan Seidelman. Cast: Susan Berman, Brad Rinn, Richard Hell, Meda Despotovich, Roger Jett, Kitty Summerall, Robynne White. A rock movie that captures the desperation of life in the streets. Wren goes to New York looking for rock 'n roll glory. There she frequents seedy rock clubs and throws herself at any stranger with a guitar hoping to break into rock stardom. 93 min. DVD 8184
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Sparks (2009)
Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Cast: Carla Gugino, Eric Stoltz, Xander Berkeley, Elizabeth Clemmons. Based on a short story by the novelist Elmore Leonard, tells the tale of a former rock-and-roll goddess who may or may not have burnt her house down. 24 min. DVD X2132
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Star Struck (Australia, 1982)
Directed by Gillian Armstrong. Cast: Jo Kennedy, Ross O'Donovan, Margo Lee, Max Cullen, Pat Evison, John O'May, Ned Lander. Jackie Mullins rises from obscurity to win a rock contest at the Sydney Opera House. Her success unites the world of her ambitions and New Wave rock and the world of working class life in the Sydney Rocks where she works as a barmaid. This is an original blend of 'backstage' musical and working class comedy inflected by a popular feminism which displaces masculinity from the centre of Australianess as expressed in the rocker comedy. 94 min. DVD X6153
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That's the Way I Like It(Singapore, 1998)
Directed by Glen Goei. Cast: Adrian Pang, Medaline Tan, Anna Bell Francis, Pierre Png, Steven Lim, Kumar. Disco hits Singapore. Hock, an ordinary underachiever, discovers disco when his favorite kung fu movie is replaced by a low-budget "Saturday night fever." 92 min. DVD X3448
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This is Spinal Tap: A Rockumentary by Martin Di Bergi(1984)
Directed by Rob Reiner ; written by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner. Cast: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, June Chadwick, Tony Hendra, Bruno Kirby. A detailed "rockumentary" of England's legendary heavy metal band, Spinal Tap. Now, nearly two decades later, Spinal Tap still clings to some glint of their lost glory as they embark on an accident-plagued tour across America. Interspersed with powerful performances of Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows a rock group heading towards crisis culminating in the infamous affair of the eighteen-inch-high Stonehenge stage prop. Special features: Audio commentary by Spinal Tap; new interview with Rob Reiner; over 1 hr. of never-before-seen footage; flower people press conference; theatrical trailers; 6 TV commercials; heavy metal memories; 4 music videos; Spinal Tap appearance on "The Joe Franklin show.". 83 min. DVD 1610
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Jones, Kent. "All in the Family: The Democratic Humor of Christopher Guest." Film Comment v. 42 no. 6 (November/December 2006) p. 46-8, 50
Middleton J. "Documentary comedy." Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, Volume 2002, Number 104, August 2002, pp. 55-66(12)
Muir, John Kenneth. "Best in show: the films of Christopher Guest and company." New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed in North America by Hal Leonard, c2004. ( MAIN: PN1998.3.G853 M85 2004; Table of contents)
Plantinga, Carl. "Gender, Power, and a Cucumber: Satirizing Masculinity in This Is Spinal Tap." In: Documenting the documentary : close readings of documentary film and video / edited by Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c1998. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D6.D58 1998; Moffitt PN1995.9.D6.D58 1998)
Seife, Ethan de. This is Spinal Tap / Ethan de Seife. London ; New York : Wallflower, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 S45 2007)

24 Hour Party People (UK, 2001)
Director, Michael Winterbottom. Cast: Steve Coogan, Keith Allen, Rob Brydon, Enzo Gilenti, Ron Cook, Chris Coghill, Paddy Considine, Danny Cunningham, Dave Gorman, Sean Harris. A dramatization based on true events of the rise, fall and rise again of promoter Tony Wilson and the wild rave culture he brought to England and the rest of the world. Pulsates with the rhythmic energy from the post punk movement through the evolution of rave music. 117 min. DVD 1794
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Velvet Goldmine (UK / USA, 1998)
Director, Todd Haynes. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Christian Bale, Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard. "1971: Glamrock explodes all over the world and challanges the seriousness within the flowerpower generation by means of glitter and brutal music. Brian Slade, a young rockstar, inspires numerous teenage boys and girls to paint their nails and explore their own sexuality. In the end Slade destroys himself. Unable to escape the role he created for himself, he plots his own murder. When his fans discovers that the murder is a fake, his star falls and he is forgotten about. 1984: Arthur, a journalist working for a New York newspaper, gets assigned the story about the fake murder of Brian Slade. When Arthur was young and grew up in Manchester, he was more than a fan of Slade. Reluctantly he accepts the assignment and starts to investigate what happened his old glamrock hero." [Internet Movie Database] 119 min. DVD 2886
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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
Director, Jake Kasdan. Cast: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Raymond J. Barry, Margo Martindale, Kristen Wiig, Chip Hormess, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell, Matt Besser, David Krumholtz. The up-and-down and then up-again biopic of musician Dewey Cox whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Dewey marries three times, has 22 kids and 14 step-kids, stars in his own 70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp. He becomes addicted to and then kicks about every drug known to man. Despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman, his longtime backup singer Darlene. 96 min. DVD X829
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Yellow Submarine(1968)
Directed by Dick Emery & George Duning. This animated feature begins in Pepperland, where the despicable Blue Meanies have declared war on all that is good, especially music. The Beatles vow to save the day with some tuneful ammunition of their own including such Beatles classics as "Nowhere man", "All you need is love" and "Yellow submarine." 86 min. DVD X5422; vhs 999:1379
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Young Soul Rebels. (UK / France / Germany / Spain, 1991)
Directed by Isaac Julien. Cast: Valentine Nonyela, Mo Sesay, Dorian Healy, Frances Barber, Sophie Okonedo, Jason Durr, Gary McDonald, Debra Gillett. Set in London at the time of the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, Chris and Caz are disc-jockeys on a pirate black radio station which they run from the back of an East End garage. When a mutual friend who is gay is murdered while cruising a London park, life takes a startling turn for them both as Chris is arrested for the murder. 120 min. DVD 3115
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Zombie and the Ghost-Train (Zombie ja kummitusjuna) (Finland, 1991)
Directed by Mika Kaurismäki. Cast: Silu Seppälä, Marjo Leinonen, Matti Pellonpää. A punk-tinged comedy about a bass player and his down-and-out life, trying to get a gig with the Ghost Train, a band that's "seen but never heard." 88 min. DVD X4939; vhs 999:3621
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Movies with Rap/Hiphop Themes or Starring Rappers

Boyd, Todd. Am I black enough for you? : popular culture from the 'hood and beyond Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1997. (MAIN: E169.04 .B67 1997; MOFF: E169.04 .B67 1997)
Hochman, Steve. "Hollywood: hip-hop hooray.(rap movies)(Rock & Roll)." Rolling Stone 816-817 (July 8, 1999): 23(2).
Kitwana, Bakari."Wankstas, wiggers, and wannabes : hip-hop, film and white boyz in the hood." In: Why white kids love hip-hop : wankstas, wiggers, wannabes, and the new reality of race in America / Bakari Kitwana. New York : Basic Civitas Books, c2005. (Music ML3531.K58 2005; Moffitt ML3531.K58 2005)
McCluskey, Audrey T. "Director's Notes: The Price of Realness: 'Bling Bling' at the Movies." Black Camera - A Micro Journal of Black Film Studies 15:2 [Fall-Winter 2000] p.1, 3
Pough, Gwendolyn D. "Girls in the Hood and Other Ghetto Dramas: Representing Black Womanhood in Hip Hop Cinema and Novels." In: Check it while I wreck it : Black womanhood, hip hop culture, and the public sphere Boston : Northeastern University Press, c2004. (MAIN: E185.86 .P666 2004; MOFF: E185.86 .P666 2004)
Ramsey, Guthrie P., Jr. "Muzing new hoods, making new identities: film, hip-hop culture, and jazz music.(Critical Essay)." Callaloo 25.1 (Wntr 2002): 309(12). UC users only
Watkins, S. Craig. Representing : hip hop culture and the production of Black cinema Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998. (MAIN: PN1995.9.N4 W38 1998; ETHN: PN1995.9.N4 W38 1998)

Anne B. Real (1997)
Director, Lisa France. Cast: Carlos Leon, Eric Smith, Jackie Quinones, Sherri Saum, Geronimo Frias, Jr., Antonio Macia, Ja Nice Richardson, Ernie Hudson. When Cynthia's father hands her a copy of "The diary of Anne Frank" before dying, she never imagined how it would help to open her soul. Trapped within her own prison, in this coming of age story of a young female rapper, Cynthia finds the courage to stand up and fight for what is hers. 90 min. DVD 5627
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Beat Street (1984)
Director, Stan Lathan. Cast: Rae Dawn Chong, Guy Davis, Robert Taylor, Jon Chardiet, Sandra Santiago ; cameo appearances by Us Girls, The Treacherous Three, The System, Rock Steady Crew, Soul Sonic Force & Shango, The Magnificent Force, New York City Breakers, Furious Five, Tina B., Afrika Bambaataa, Johnny B. Bad, and others. A ghetto-derived musical film which delves into the hip-hop culture of New York's streets to uncover the despairs, dreams, and triumphs of the emerging 80s generation. Before the backdrop of wild rhythms and whirling bodies lies a tableau of young aspiring artists, striving to turn their fever into fame through hip-hop, graffiti art and break dancing. The break battle scene is the highlight of the film when gangs fight eachother with dancing, not guns. 106 min. DVD X5590; vhs 999:3171
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Belly (1998)
Director, Hype Williams. Cast: Nasir "Nas" Jones, Earl "DMX" Simmons, Taral Hicks, Tionne "T- Boz" Watkins, Clifford "Method Man" Smith. Two friends begin robbing clubs to make some quick cash. For one of them, the payoffs are not big enough and he begins selling drugs. Soon, friendships and relationships are put to the test by jealousy, greed, paranoia and betrayal. A realistic urban drama highlighted by an all-star hip-hop cast and a pulsing rap soundtrack. 90 min. vhs 999:2812
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Black and White (1999)
Directed by James Toback. Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Brooke Shields, Mike Tyson. When Rich Bower decides to reinvent himself as a hip-hop impresario after a life of crime, he is confronted by the internecine dealings of the white world. Documentary filmmaker Sam Donager and her husband enter the scene as they follow a group of privileged uptown teenagers who are drawn to the hip-hop lifestyle. 99 min. DVD 5701
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Bring It On (2000)
Directed by Peyton Reed. Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, Gabrielle Union. The Toro cheerleading squad has spirit, spunk, sass and a killer routine that's sure to land them the national championship torphy for the sixth year in a row. But for newly-elected team captain, Torrance, the Toros' road to cheer glory stumbles when she discovers their perfectly choreographed routines were stolen from a hot hip-hop squad across town. Now the squad must scramble to find a new routine to compete in this year's competition. 99 min. DVD 1359
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Bulworth (1998)
Directed by Warren Beatty. Cast: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, Isaiah Washington. A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture. 108 min. DVD X1037
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Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)
Directed by, Robert Townsend. Cast: Mekhi Phifer, Beyonce Knowles, Mos Def, Rah Digga, Joy Bryant, Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri, Lil' Bow Wow, Casey Lee, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Sam Sarpong, Troy Winbush, Fred Williamson. Based upon the 19th century novel and often performed opera Carmen, this timeless tale of desire, passion, and betrayal is told through song by a cast of hip-hop stars. 88 min. DVD 1291
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McClary, Susan. "Carmen as Perennial Fusion: From Habanera to Hip-Hop." In: Carmen : from silent film to MTV / edited by Chris Perriam and Ann Davies. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2005. (Main Stack PN57.C33.C37 2005)

Da Hip Hop Witch (2000)
Director, Dale Resteghini. Cast: Stacii Jae Johnson, Dale Resteghini, Eminem, Pras, Killah Priest, Spliff Star, Mobb Deep, Rock, Vanilla Ice, La the Darkman. Focuses on a supposed witch that is terrorizing popular hip hop singers. An ambitious journalist tries to learn the story behind the witch. At the same time five white kids venture out of the suburbs and into the inner city to expose the witch as a publicity stunt created to sell records. 90 min. DVD X6440; vhs 999:2813
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Tha Eastsidaz (2000)
Director, Michael Martin. Cast: Snoop Dogg, Tray Deee, Goldie Loc, Darryl Brunson. A gang kingpin is looking to get out of the game after one final deal, only to have his trusted lieutenant betray him. Aided by friends outside prison, Killa Pop plans an ingenious escape and a brutal payback. Features a who's who of the West Coasts's top rap artists. 90 min. DVD X4876
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8 Mile (2002)
Director, Curtis Hanson. Cast: Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy, Mekhi Phifer, Evan Jones, Omar Benson Miller. Jimmy, known to his friends as Rabbit is a white kid living in Detroit trying to make music in a predominantly African-American community and culture. After Rabbit freezes up in the midst of an MC battle, he's convinced he's missed his chance and that he's doomed to lead a marginal life as a factory rat for the rest of his days. With the help of his friends, and his new girlfriend Alex, Rabbit struggles to work up the courage and the confidence to take one more shot at making his dream a reality. 110 min. DVD 1582
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Burks, Steven L: "8 Mile": Great White Hip-Hop." Black Camera - A Micro Journal of Black Film Studies 18:2 [Fall-Winter 2003] p.5, 11 UC users only
Denby, David. "Breaking Through.('8 Mile' and 'Frida')(Movie Review)." The New Yorker 78.34 (Nov 11, 2002) UC users only
Grundmann, Roy. "White Man's Burden: Eminem's Movie Debut in 8 Mile." Cineaste, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 30-35, Spring 2003.
"In the ghetto." Sight and Sound 13.2 (Feb 2003): 36(2).
Watts, Eric King. "Border Patrolling and "Passing" in Eminem's 8 Mile." Critical Studies in Media Communication, 2005, 22, 3, Aug, 187-206

Fear of a Black Hat (1992)
Directed by Rusty Cundieff. Cast: Rusty Cundieff, Larry B. Scott, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Kasi Lemmons. A filmmaker infiltrates rap band NWH in this satire of gangsta rappers, which focuses on the hip hop trio Tasty-Taste, Ice Cold, and Tone Def. The movie irreverently pokes fun at white rappers, the L.A. riots, as well as violence in rap. 95 min.DVD X3980
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Donalson, Melvin Burke. "Off the Hook: Comedy and Romance with a Hip-Hop Flavor." In: Black directors in Hollywood Austin : University of Texas Press, 2003. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N4 D66 2003)
Fulmer, Jacqueline. "Cundieff's Revision of Masculinity in Film, or, a 'Hard' Man Is Not Necessarily Good to Find." In: Authorship and film / edited by David A. Gerstner and Janet Staiger. New York : Routledge, 2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1996 .A94 2003)
George, Edward. "Beneath the Hats." Sight and Sound, vol. 4, no. 11, pp. 26-27, 1994 Nov UC users only

Friday(1995)
Director, F. Gary Gray. Cast: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tiny "Zeus" Lister, Jr., Regina King, Anna Maria Horsford, Bernie Mac, John Witherspoon. Rap's hottest star leads the nonstop laughs in this hip-hoppin' look at a day in the life of the 'hood. Craig is an alright guy with some crazy friends. Like Smokey who has 24 hours to pay back Deebo, South Central's nastiest thug, or else! Trouble is, neither Craig's mother nor his main squeeze has the bread. As time ticks away, the chance this pair will ever see Saturday is fading fast. DVD 8974
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G (2002)
Directed by Christopher Scott Cherot. Cast:Richard T. Jones, Blair Underwood, Andre Royo, Chenda Maxwell. Inspired by 'The Great Gatsby', this story follows rap mogul Summer G on a journey to regain what he desires most - the love of his life, who is married to someone else. Summer would give up his millions to rekindle a romance with his one true love. 96 min. DVD X3068
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Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
Directed by Jim Sheridan. Cast: Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, Terrence Howard, Joy Bryant, Bill Duke, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Omar Benson Miller, Viola Davis. A rap superhero is encased in muscular flesh like armor, his face is an impassive mask, he reaches out to destroy his enemies with his unique talent. Marcus is a gangster who breaks from his youthful life of crime to triumph as a rapper. Marcus's girlfriend helps him pull free the wires holding his jaw shut when he's recovered from being shot in the face. He even has a moment when a razor blade is thrown into his cell and is encouraged to kill himself. Instead, the self-reliant gangster uses it to carve his rhymes into the walls. 116 min. DVD 5676
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Hustle & Flow(2005)
Cast: Written and directed by Craig Brewer. Cast: Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning, Taraji P. Henson, Paula Jai Parker, Isaac Hayes, D.J. Qualls, Ludacris. Rapper DJay, who dreams of becoming the next big rap superstar, works all the angles to get his first record made. He even has help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. When he hears that rap superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, DJay decides to throw together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention. DVD 4985
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Collier, Aldore. "Terrence Howard & Anthony Anderson head Stellar cast of 'Hustle & Flow'.(Cover Story)." Jet 108.3 (July 18, 2005): 58(4). UC users only
Haun, Harry. Hip hop Hustle: Craig Brewer debuts with tale of rap dreams.(Hustle and Flow). Film Journal International 108.7 (July 2005): p20(2). (1362 words) UC users only
Jaafar, Ali. "Hustle & Flow.(Movie Review)." Sight and Sound 15.12 (Dec 2005): 56(2).

King Midas (2003)
Directed by Brandon David. Cast: Justin Michael Morales, Louis Sapp III, Angelica Lawrence, Josh Mond. Get as close as you can to the real thing in this tale of Hip Hop gone bad. When producer Tommy Gold, trying to make it big in the rap industry, uses his illegal drug fortune to produce a record, he gets caught in the dangerous underground world of cocaine and music. 83 min. DVD 1739
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Krush Groove (1985)
Directed by Michael Schultz. Cast: Sheila E., RUN-DMC, The Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, Blair Underwood, The New Edition. A talented group of street-savvy urban kids hook up with Krush Groove, a hot new rocord label. But with their success come the ego trips and greed that threaten to destroy everything they've worked for. A fresh, 23-title soundtrack vibrantly pushes the rap-to-riches story along. 95 min. DVD 7349
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Lost in the Game (2004)
Directed by MC Ren and Playboy T. Cast: MC Ren, Playboy T, Nitetrain. An electrifying hip-hop thriller Cast: MC Ren of N.W.A. Enter into the dark world of the hip-hop music business as up-and-coming executive Playboy T struggles to secure a record deal for his prized artist. He must deal with all the trials and tribulations of shady record companies, unsuspecting executives and street hustlers. 60 min. DVD 3477

Play'd: A Hip Hop Story (2002)
Directed by Oz Scott. Performers: Rashaan Nall, Merlin Santana, Faizon Love, Clifton Powell, Sharissa, DeRay Davis, Dex Elliott Sanders,Toni Braxton. Jax is a rising hip hop phenomenon who has it all, but wants more. Leaving his New York life behind, he signs with an infamous L.A. gangsta producer - and ignites a violent bi-coastal turf war that explodes out of the studio and onto the streets. 87 min. DVD 1683
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Poetic Justice(1993)
Director, John Singleton. Cast: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Joe Torry. "John Singleton's follow-up to Boyz n the Hood features Janet Jackson as a poet and hairdresser who is trying to cope with the senseless murder of her boyfriend. Jackson reluctantly joins a friend on a trip from South-Central Los Angeles to Oakland in a mail truck. She develops a complicated relationship with an ambitious music producer and postal delivery man (Tupac Shakur). The soundtrack includes numbers by Babyface, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Naughty by Nature and The Dogg Pound. The poetry spoken by Jackson was written by Maya Angelou. With Tyra Ferrell, Regina King and Joe Torry." [from FACETS catalog] 109 min. DVD 7394
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DJ QBert's Wave Twisters
Plot: A crew of heroes, cleverly disguised as a team of oral hygenists, is determined to save the lost arts of Hip Hop (B-boying, Graffiti, MCing, and of course, Skratching) from total extinction. The lost arts are being oppressed throughout inner-space by lord Ook and his evil minions the Chinheads. The dental commander and his team, armed with the ancient relic known as the Wave Twister (the only weapon powerful enough to defeat the enemies), travel to the far ends of inner-space for a final confrontation with the sinister army of oppressors. Technique: An animated adventure cartoon synched scratch for scratch with DJ QBert's turntable masterpiece of the same title. This movie gives visual expression to QBert's narrative while pioneering the concept of visual scratching, sampling from a wide variety of techniques (from traditional cell animation to 3D to live action to photo collage), and defining a unique visual style analogous to the supercharged cutting and scratching of a turntable DJ. Special features: Commentary track with creators; Film-to-animatic comparisons; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Theatrical trailers for "Wave Twisters" and "Scratch"; Two clips featuring five-angle footage of Qbert, D-styles, Flare, and Yoga Frog; Sketch book and animation tests. 120 min. DVD 8258
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Smile Now, Cry Later (2001)
Directed by Jose and Eduardo Quiroz. Cast: Sir Dyno, James Logan, Dub, A.L.G., Crooked, OSO, Young D., Kid, Sapo. This is the story of two brothers who are trying to survive in the violent streets of the bario. Marcus has vowed to live his life straight ever since his older brother was violently murdered, while Smiley is doing whatever it takes to make it on the streets, willingly risking his life for fast money. They're both trying to make it in the independent rap business, but will all the bad they've done eventually come back to haunt them? DVD 907

State Property (2002)
Directed by Abdul Malik Abbott. Cast: Beanie Sigel, Jay-Z, Damon Dash, Memphis Bleek, Omillio Sparks, Sundy Carter, Oschino, Chris Eric Williams. "Hip-hop's hottest artists star in a new tale from the streets." Frustrated with being broke, Beans decides that the only way to grasp the American Dream is to take it. Beans and his crew, the ABM, take over the city, creating mayhem as their empire builds. Beans struggles to maintain his family life while bumping heads with opposing gangsters and police. It all comes to a head when he cannot surpass the city's most notorious crew. The moves Beans and the ABM decide to make come with severe consequences. 96 min. DVD 1232
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Streets is Watching: The Movie (1998)
Directed by Abdul Malik Abbott. Cast: Jay-Z, Damon Dash. A insightful dramatization of the life and times of hip-hop superstar Jay-Z. Tells a story about life in the streets, combining a narrative structure and musical numbers into an autobiographical tale of his life in Brooklyn, from hustler to performer. The title of the video comes from his album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 and also includes numbers by M.O.P, Sauce Money, and Memphis Bleek. This is Jay-Z's first direct-to-video release; it's self-directed, and aims to give a realistic view of his neighborhood without the commercial flash of over-the-top rap displays. Realism pervades within the framework of this music video, or "videomentary," about street life. Songs: It's alright (Memphis Bleek & Jay-Z) -- Love for free (Rell Cast: Jay-Z) -- Only a customer (Jay-Z) -- Pimp this love (Christion) -- Murdergram (Murder, Inc.) -- The doe (Diamonds in da rough) -- Crazy (Usual suspects) -- Im my lifetime (remix) (Jay-Z) -- Your love (Christion Cast: Jay-Z) -- Thugs r us (DJ Clue Cast: Noreaga) -- My nigga hill figga (M.O.P.) -- Celebration (Team Roc starring Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, Sauce Money & Wais of the Ranjahz) 60 min. DVD 6934
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Tougher than Leather (1988)
Directed by Rick Rubin. Cast: Run-DMC, Richard Edson, Jenny Lumet, Raymond White, Lois Ayers; special appearances by the Beastie Boys,Slick Rick, Junkyard Band. After a friend discovers a money-laundering scheme and is murdered, the band members take the law into their own hands and avenge their friend's death. 89 min. vhs 999:3175
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Wild Style (1982)
Directed by Charlie Ahearn. Cast: Lee George Quinones, Patti Astor, Andrew (Zephyr), Grandmaster Flash, Chief Rocker Busy Bee, Fab 5 Freddy, Cold Crush Four, Double Trouble, Rock Steady Crew. Tells the story of street artists in the South Bronx who put on a big outdoor performance to showcase their unique talents, graffiti, rap, and break dancing. The story centers on Zoro, who spends his time spray-painting subway cars who gets his break when he is hired to decorate the platform for the upcoming rap concert. 106 min. DVD 8176; vhs 999:3172
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Monteyne, Kimberley Bercov. "The Sound of the South Bronx: Youth Culture, Genre, and Performance in Charlie Ahearn's Wild Style." In: Youth culture in global cinema / edited by Timothy Shary and Alexandra Seibel. 1st ed. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007 (Main Stack PN1995.9.Y6.Y68 2007)
Stewart, Jesse. " Real to Reel: Filmic Constructions of Hip Hop Cultures and Hip Hop Identities." Interdisciplinary Humanities; Fall2009, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p49-67, 19p UC users only

You Got Served (2003)
Directed by Christopher B. Stokes. Cast: Marques Houston, Omari Grandberry, Jarell Houston, DeMario Thornton, Dreux Frederic, Jennifer Freeman, Lil' Kim, Michael "Bear" Taliferrio, Alani "La La" Vasquez, Steve Harvey. At Mr. Rad's Warehouse, the best hip-hop crews in Los Angeles compete for money and respect. But a crew from the suburbs moves in and crashes the party, stealing their dancers, and their moves. Elgin and David are street dancers who will have to pull together in order to believe in themselves, their crew, and in their dreams if they are to represent the streets and win the challenge and the money that is up for grabs. 94 min. DVD 2723
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Jazz/R&B/Blues Movies

Berg, Charles Merrell. "Cinema Sings the Blues." Cinema Journal, Vol. 17, No. 2. (Spring, 1978), pp. 1-12. UC users only
Gabbard, Krin. Jammin' at the margins: jazz and the American cinema Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996. (Music ML2075.G33 1996; Moffitt ML2075.G33 1996)
Lopes, Paul. "Signifying deviance and transgression: jazz in the popular imagination." American Behavioral Scientist 48.11 (July 2005): 1468(14).
Mouellic, Gilles. Jazz et cinema Paris : Cahiers du cinema, c2000. (MAIN: PN1995.9.J37 M68 2000)
Stanfield, Peter. Body and soul : jazz and blues in American film, 1927-63 Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2005. (MAIN: PN1995.9.J37 S72 2005)
Yanow, Scott. Jazz on film : the complete story of the musicians & music onscreen San Francisco, CA : Backbeat Books, c2004. (MAIN: ML3508 .Y39 2004; MUSI: ML3508 .Y39 2004)

All Night Long (UK, 1962)
Director, Basil Dearden. Cast: Patrick McGoohan, Keith Mitchell, Betsy Blair, Paul Harris ; guest stars: Dave Brubeck, Johnny Dankworth, Charles Mingus. An updating of Shakespeare's Othello, set in the jazz world of London in the early 1960s. Because of a rumour set about by a jealous rival, a jazz trumpeter at an all-night party tries to strangle his wife. 84 min. DVD 9829
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Bird (1988)
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Sam Wright, Keith David. A gripping drama of the life of legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie "Yardbird" Parker. Past and future overlap as the movie explores Bird's relationship with his steadfast wife Chan Parker, his soaring skill and destructive excesses with alcohol and drugs. Film uses actual recordings by Parker skillfully blending his solo recordings with modern musicians attuned to the Yardbird's improvisations. 160 min. DVD 625
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Best Actor
Golden Globes, USA - Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Diane Venora)

Black Glove (aka Face the Music) (UK, 1954)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Cast: Eleanor Summerfield, John Saley, Paul Carpenter, Geoffrey Keen. A famed trumpet player is suspected of murdering a blues singer. Using only two minor clues, he narrows the suspects to four people, but only after surviving poison placed on the mouthpiece of his trumpet. 84 min. DVD 8360
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The Blues Brothers(1999)
Directed by John Landis. Cast: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Henry Gibson, Steve Lawrence, Jake and Elwood Blues, two hoodlum brothers searching for redemption, set out to locate and reenlist the members of their defunct rhythm and blues band in order to raise some honest money to save an orphanage. They may be on a "mission from God," but they're making enemies everywhere they go. 148 min. DVD 1563
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Broken Strings (1940)
Directed by Bernard B. Ray. Cast: Clarence Muse, Sybil Lewis, William Washington, Tommiwitta Moore, Stymie Beard, Pete Webster, Edward Thompson, Buck Woods, Jess Lee Brooks, Earl Morris. An all African American melodrama concerning a classical violinist who injures his fingers. His son tries to earn the needed cash to restore his father's paralyzed hand by following in his father's footsteps as a violinist but to his father's displeasure, he prefers swing to classical music. 60 min. DVD X5323
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Cadillac Records (2008)
Directed by Darnell Martin. Cast: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short, Cedric the Entertainer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Eamonn Walker, Mos Def, Beyoncé Knowles. Chess Records was located on the south side of Chicago. In 1947, it began recording blues music with Muddy Waters and Little Walter. This eventually gave birth to rock and roll in 1955 with Chuck Berry. Record producer, Leonard Chess has an ear for this different type of music and believes he can cash in by signing up new talent such as songwriter, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, and Etta James. Chess makes all of his artists part of his family and takes care of them. This is not easy since they spend a small fortune on booze, drugs, and the high life. When Chuck Berry goes to jail, Leonard is able to find another talented performer, Etta James, to take his place. In the late sixties, as their music goes out of favor, Leonard Chess gets out of the record business. Special features: Audio commentary by director; deleted scenes; Playing Chess: the making of Cadillac Records; Once upon a blues: Cadillac Records by design. 109 min. X1451
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The Commitments(1991)
Directed by Alan Parker. Cast: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dave Finnegan, Bronagh Gallagher, Felim Gormley, Glen Hansard. Fueled by raw talent and driven by dreams of glory, a dozen dead-enders from Dublin's gritty North Side share a passion for soul music that takes their band on a wild rollercoaster ride from the streets to superstardom!. 117 min. DVD 2413
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The Cotton Club (1984)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins, Nicolas Cage, Fred Gwynne. In 1928 New York, spirits are high and jazz, dancing and gangsters rule supreme. Harlem's Cotton Club is in the center of it all, where rich upper-eastsiders mix with dressed-up mobsters. On stage is gifted coronet player Dixie Dwyer, who dreams of the big time, and tap sensation Sandman Williams who can't touch his girl, the lovely singer Lila Rose Oliver, because of strict club rules. As tension rises, so do tempers, and the nightclub becomes a pressure-cooker of jilted loves and mob jobs. 129 min. DVD 788; vhs 999:2852
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Dark Streets (2008)
Directed by Rachel Samuels. Cast: Gabriel Mann, Bijou Phillips, Izabella Miko, Elias Koteas, Michael Fairman. Tells the story of Chaz Davenport, a dashing playboy who owns what promises to become the hottest new nightclub in town. Surrounded by the sumptuous blues music he adores, and with his pick of the gorgeous women who perform their sensual dance numbers on stage every night, Chaz is the envy of every man. But when he begins to investigate the suspicious death of his father his own life starts to spin out of control. "Features 12 original songs written by James Compton, Tim Brown and Tony DeMeur, performed by stars Bijou Phillips and Izabella Miko as well as legendary artists including Dr. John, Etta James, Natalie Cole, Aaron Neville, Solomon Burke, Chaka Khan and Richie Sambora." Based on a play by Glenn M. Stewart. 83 min. DVD X1731
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Dixieland Droopy(1954)
Directe by Tex Avery. Animated short. Don't be fooled by the title - Droopy looks like Droopy, but he's actually jazzman John Pettibone, with his performing flea combo, and the film shows how it came into being. Video Disc 152

Dreamgirls (2006)
Directed by Bill Condon. Cast: Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose, Keith Robinson, Sharon Leal, Hinton Battle, Jennifer Hudson. Deena Jones, Effie White, and Lorrell Robinson, three young African-American women in 1960s Detroit, dream of becoming pop stars. They get their wish after a local talent show when they are picked to be backup singers for the legendary James "Thunder" Early. As they become more successful over time, each of the girls discovers the costs and compromises exacted by their desire to be in the music business. Special features (Disc 1): 12 never-before-seen extended musical numbers; Listen (Beyonce music video). (Disc 2). Building the dream (behind-the-scenes full-length documentary); original auditions and screen tests; previsualization sequences; image gallery; additional featurettes. 130 min. DVD 7816
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Awards

Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Muscials/Comedy
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Film; Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director

Duke is Tops (1938)
Directed by William L. Nolte. "Duke Davis (Ralph Cooper) has invested all his savings to back his sweetheart, Ethel (Lena Horne), in a road show over the old T.O.B.A. circuit, on which they have both been performers since childhood. Marshall (Monte Hawley), a New York talent scout, makes an offer to Ethel as a single and, to induce her to take it, Duke writes a fake check, made out to him, for $5000 pretending he has sold his contract with Ethel to Marshall. Resentful and heartbroken, she accepts and becomes a big hit in New York. Marshall then books her at the swanky Century Club, plans her show himself, and it flops miserably. Meanwhile, Duke has used his last resources to start a new show, but without Ethel it also fails. He joins the Doc Dorando (Lawrence Criner) medicine show, and with him as the speiler for the quack elixir sold by Dorando, it is successful. He becomes Doc's partner with an elaborate trailer and a company of entertainers, including Willie Covans, the Basin Street Boys, The Cats and the Fiddle, "Rubberneck" Holmes and Joe Stevenson. Money is rolling in but he drops everything to hurry to Ethel's side when he hears of her misfortune. Ella (Neva Peoples), Ethel's faithful companion and maid, has also told Ethel of Duke's sacrifice in order to give her a chance in New York. Duke talks the Century Club owner, Fenton (Edward Thompson),into allowing him to build an elaborate show based on a medicine show concept, and sends for Doc Dorando and the other entertainers." [Internet Movie Database] 80 min. DVD X29; vhs 999:1168
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The Five Pennies(1959)
Directed by Melville Shavelson. Cast: Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong, Harry Guardino, Bob Crosby, Bobby Troup, Ray Anthony, Ray Daley. Biography of jazzman Loring "Red" Nichols. He gets a job playing in Wil Paradise's band, but quits to pursue his dream of playing Dixieland jazz. Red forms the "Five Pennies" which features his wife, Bobbie, as vocalist. At the peak of his fame, Red and Bobbie's daughter, Dorothy, develops polio. He quits the music business to move to Los Angeles where the climate is better for Dorothy. As she becomes a young teen, Dorothy learns of her father's musical past, and he is persuaded to open a small nightclub which is failing until some noted names from his past come to help out. 117 min. DVD 3519
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Hi De Ho (Cab Calloway) (1947)
Directed by Josh Binney. Big band sensation Cab Calloway (portraying himself) becomes the interest of two womens' desires - his steady girlfriend Minnie (Jeni Le Gon) and his manager Nettie (Ida James). Jealous of Nettie's maneuvers, Minnie hires a rival clubowner to do away with Cab. Minnie later feels guilty and tries to prevent the killing. Instead she gets dusted by the thugs, leaving the door open for Cab to marry Nettie. This musical review features an all black cast. 63 min. DVD X2455; also DVD 554; vhs 999:426
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I Love to Singa (1936)
Directed by Tex Avery. Warner Brothers. Animated short. A spoof of Al Jolson's "The Jazz Singer," a strict piano teaching owl is cursed with a son (Owl Jolson) who "loves to singa," but only jazz. Based on the song (by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg) from Warner Bros.'s Al Jolson movie "The Singing Kid" (1936). Included as supplement on DVD 8594; also on DVD 3136

The Jazz Singer (1927)
Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, William Demarest, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer, Josef Rosenblatt. A melodramatic story of a Jewish cantor's son (Al Jolson) who aspires to be a jazz singer despite his father's objection and religious tradition. In motion picture history, this marks the first feature film to utilize synchronous sound. 89 min. DVD 8594; vhs 999:790
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Kansas City (1995)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte, Michael Murphy, Dermot Mulroney, Steve Buscemi, Brooke Smith. Set in 1934 Kansas City, a telegraph operator named Blondie kidnaps Carolyn Stilton, wife of a powerful businessman who commutes to Washington to advise President Roosevelt. Blondie figures she can use Carolyn to gain safe passage for her husband Johnny who is in the grip of the city's top gangster, a club owner named Seldom Seen. The movie unfolds in the dark streets of the downtown Kansas City night. 116 min. DVD X2140; vhs 999:2090
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Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Director, Sidney J. Furie. Cast: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, Paul Hampton. Presents a film biography of the life of Billie Holliday, the performer known as "Lady Day", one of America's most loved and memorable blues singers. 144 min. DVD 4819
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Holbrook, Morris B. "When bad things happen to great musicians: The role of ambi-diegetic jazz in three tragedepictions of artistic genius on the silver screen ('Lady Sings the Blues'; 'Sweet Love, Bitter'; ''Round Midnight'; 'Bird')." Jazz Research Journal, May 2007, Vol. 1 Issue n1, p99-128, 30p UC users only
Kael, Pauline. "Lady Sings the Blues." In: Reeling / Pauline Kael. Boston : Little, Brown, c1976. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995 .K2521)
Kooijman, Jaap. "Triumphant black pop divas on the wide screen: Lady sings the blues and Tina: What's love got to do with it." In: Popular music and film / edited by Ian Inglis. London ; New York : Wallflower, 2003. (Music ML2075 .P66 2003)
Storhoff, Gary. "Strange Fruit" : Lady Sings the Blues as a Crossover Film." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Summer2002, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p105, 9p UC users only
Turim, Maureen. "Lady Sings the Blues." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Spring73, Issue 8, p34-38, 5p

Mistaken Identity (aka. Murder with Music) (1941)
Directed by George P. Quigley. Cast: Nelle Hill, George Oliver, Bill Dillard, Ken Renard, Noble Sissle, performances by Skippy Williams Band, Alston & Young. Louis the piano player is murdered by a knife-throwing killer in the middle of a show at Bill Smith's nightclub. Suspicion immediately falls on Mike, an excaped convict, mainly due to stories being phoned into the city desk by nosy reporter Hal Ford. Hal has more than news on his mind, though - he has his eye on the club's main attraction, Lola. The sexy singer is also Mike's girl when he's not in jail. When Mike and Lola are mistaken for club owner Bill Smith and his wife, Hal sees an oportunity to put his rival away for good. 59 min. DVD X4191
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Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Denzel Washington (Bleek Gillian), Spike Lee (Giant), Wesley Snipes (Shadow Henderson), Giancarlo Esposito (Left Hand Lacey), Robin Harris (Butterbean Jones), Joie Lee (Indigo Jones), Bill Nunn (Bottom Hammer), Cynda Williams (Clarke Betancourt). Talented trumpeter Bleek Gilliam is obsessed by his music and indecisive about his girlfriends Indigo and Clarke. But when he is forced to come to the aid of his manager and childhood friend, Bleek finds his world more fragile than he ever imagined. 129 min. DVD 581; vhs 999:2089
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Mystery in Swing (1940)
Directed by Arthur Hoerl. Cast: Monte Hawley, Marguerite Whitten, Tommie Moore, The Four Toppers, Ceepee Johnson & his Orchestra. Debonair crooner Prince Ellis strides across the stage like royalty at his Harlem nightclub, where he's the focus of everyone's attention. Men envy him and women want to be with him, especially young Linda Carroll, who ignores repeated warnings to steer clear of the singer's seductive allure. Linda's father, John, strongly disapproves of Prince Ellis' unwholesome attention to his virginal daughter. When Ellis is gunned down, John is the obvious suspect, but it turns out many people wanted the star dead for their own reasons. 64 min. DVD X4392
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New Orleans (1947)
Directed by Arthur Lubin. Cast: Arturo de Cordova, Dorothy Patrick, Louis Armstrong and his band, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman and his orchestra, Original New Orleans Ragtime Band (Louis Armstrong, Zutty Singleton, Barney Bigard, Kid Ory, Bud Scott, Red Callendar, Charlie Beal and Meade Lux Lewis). Nick, the proprietor of a Bourbon Street gambling joint, an artistic haven for African-American musicans who gather and jam from dusk til dawn, falls in love with an opera-singing socialite. After losing his nightclub Nick tries over the course of many years to get jazz the respect and audience it deserves. 110 min. DVD 1094
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New York New York (1977)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Liza Minnelli, Robert DeNiro, Lionel Standler, Barry Primus, Mary Kay Place. Jimmy Doyle is a jazz saxophone player on the make, while Francine Evans is a singer on the rise. Their budding romance flourishes into marriage and a professional working relationship, but the ambitions that brought them together eventually sweep them tragically apart. 116 min. DVD 3534
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Ray (2004)
Directed by Taylor Hackford. Cast: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Bokeem Woodbine, Aunjanue Ellis, Sharon Warren, C.J. Sanders. Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven. Inspired by his mother who insisted he make his own way, he found his calling at the keyboard. 'Ray' follows as he overcomes drug addiction while becoming one of America's most beloved performers. 153 min. DVD 4026
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor

Smith, Jr., Glenn D. "Love as Redemption: The American Dream Myth and the Celebrity Biopic." Journal of Communication Inquiry; Jul2009, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p222-238, 17p UC users only

Round Midnight (1986)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet, Gabrielle Haker, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Sandra Reaves-Phillips, Lonette McKee, Martin Scorsese. Inside the Blue Note nightclub one night in 1959 Paris,an aged ailing jazzman coaxes an eloquent wail from his tenor sax. Outside, a young Parisian too broke to buy a glass of wine strains to hear those notes. Soon they form a friendship that sparks a final burst of genius in the fading musician. Special features: Interactive menus, cast/director film highlights, theatrical trailer, scene access. Inspired by the real-life friendship between jazz pianist Bud Powell and Francis Paudras. 132 min. DVD 605
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Coursodon, Jean-Pierre. "Round Midnight: An Interview with Bertrand Tavernier." Cineaste: America's Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 18-23, 1986.
Dempsey, Michael. "All the colors: Bertrand Tavernier talks about Round Midnight. (interview)." Film Quarterly 40 (Spring 1987): 2(10).
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Holbrook, Morris B. "When bad things happen to great musicians: The role of ambi-diegetic jazz in three tragedepictions of artistic genius on the silver screen ('Lady Sings the Blues'; 'Sweet Love, Bitter'; ''Round Midnight'; 'Bird')." Jazz Research Journal, May 2007, Vol. 1 Issue n1, p99-128, 30p
Mandel, Howard. "Round midnight." Down Beat 54 (Jan 1987): 23(2).
Nettelbeck, Colin W. "Okra and Quenelles: Jazz and Film-Making (as Nourishment) in Tavernier's Round Midnight (1986)." Australian Journal of French Studies, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 250-70, May 2002.

Stormy Weather (1943)
Directed by Andrew L. Stone. Cast: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway and his band, Katherine Dunham and her troupe, Fats Waller, Ada Brown, Nicholas Brothers, Dooley Wilson. A delightful musical strung together with a silly romantic show biz script. Horne sings the title song, Waller does a rendition of "Ain't misbehavin'". 78 min. DVD 4795; vhs 999:355
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Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, Una Thurman, Anthony Lapaglia, Gretchen Mol.In this fictional biography Emmet Ray ruled as the second greatest jazz guitarist in the world in the 1930's. But his reputation was eclipsed by his eccentric career moves, hilarious clashes with gangsters and stormy love affairs with two very different women. 95 min. DVD 289; vhs 999:2816
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Swing! (1938)
Directed by Oscar Micheaux. Cast: Cora Green, Hazel Diaz, Carmen Newsome, Dorothy Van Engle, Alec Lovejoy, Larry Seymour, Mandy Randolph. A musical with plot built around the music which is performed from Alabama to New York (Harlem). Ted Gregory is trying to become the first black producer to mount a show on Broadway but his star singer is getting in the way. When the singer breaks her leg in an accident, a wardrobe girl for Gregory steps up to fill in for the injured star. 78 min. DVD X4323; vhs 999:369
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Three Little Bops (1957)
Directed by Friz Freleng. Animated short. Three pigs' career as a jazz band is complicated by a wolf they rejected for membership who keeps blowing down their gigs. DVD 3136

Young Man With a Horn (1986)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Lauren Bacall, Hoagy Carmichael, Juano Hernandez. A lonely boy is inspired by the soaring magic played by the loving guidance of a brilliant bluesman, the boy develops into a superb artist obsessed by music. 112 min. DVD 8888
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Country/Folk

Brackett, David. "Banjos, Biopics, and Compilation Scores: The Movies Go Country." American Music , Vol. 19, No. 3 (Autumn, 2001), pp. 247-290 UC users only

Bound for Glory(1999)
Directed by Hal Ashby. Cast: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland, Randy Quaid. Set against the grim backdrop of depression America, this film joyously celebrates the life of Woody Guthrie, America's great folk balladeer and poet. As he traveled across America his buoyant spirit and soul-rousing music surrounded him with a quiet strength enabling him to do battle with the social injustice which surrounded him. 149 min. DVD X1038
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Ashby, Hal. Hal Ashby : interviews / edited by Nick Dawson. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2010. (Moffitt PN1998.3.A7635 A5 2010)
Beach, Christopher. The films of Hal Ashby / Christopher Beach. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2009. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.A7635 B43 2009)
Bingham, Dennis. "Woody Guthrie, Warts-and-All: The Biopic in the New American Cinema of the 1970s." a/b: Auto/Biography Studies Volume 26, Number 1, Summer 2011 UC users only
Friedman, Lester. "America Finds Its Voice: Bound for Glory." In: American cinema of the 1970s : themes and variations / edited by Lester D. Friedman. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 2007. (Main Stack PN1993.5.U6.A8577 2007)
Green, Jim. "Bound for Glory." Cineaste, Summer77, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p36-37, 2p
Kauffmann, Stanley. "Bound for Glory." New Republic; 11/27/76, Vol. 175 Issue 22, p18-40, 2p
A Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Directed by Michael Apted. Cast: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D'Angelo, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens. A dramatization of the life of Loretta Lynn, the "Queen of Country Music", from her backwoods Appalachia home to the Grand Ole Opry and super stardom. 110 min. DVD 2864
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Awards

Academy Awards, USA - Best Actress (Sissy Spacek)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical; Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress

Brost, Molly. "Negotiating authenticity: Coal miner's daughter, the biopic, and country music." Americana: The journal of American popular culture (1900 to present), 7(2). Fall, 2008. UC users only

Crazy Heart (2009)
Directed by Scott Cooper. Cast: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall. The powerful story of a country music star's rocky road to redemption. Bad Blake is a boozy, broken-down singer who reaches for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the music. But will Bad's hard-livin' ways and crazy heart cost him his last chance at a comeback? 111 min. DVD X3218
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actor (Jeff Bridges)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor

I'm Not There (2007)
Director: Todd Haynes. Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Marcus Carl Franklin, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Gainsbourg, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams. Depicting the different stages and changes in Bob Dylan's career, six actors each portray the musician at different points of his life, creating a patchwork of personalities, attitudes, interests and ambitions. Special features (Disc 1): Optional audio commentary by director Todd Haynes ; optional on-screen song lyrics ; song selections ; Introduction to the film. Special features (Disc 2): Theatrical trailers ; unreleased flash card trailers (19 min.) ; audition tapes ; deleted scenes ; alternate and extended scenes (20 min.) ; outtakes ; "A tribute to Heath Ledger" ; "Red carpet premiere" ; "Making the soundtrack" (21 min.); "A conversation with Todd Haynes" interview featurette (43 min.); "This is not a Bob Dylan movie" essay by New York Times writer Robert Sullivan ); "The original proposal" Haynes' original film proposal to Bob Dylan ; Dylan chronology, filmography & bibliography ; "Filmmaker's notebook" ; still galleries. 135 min. DVD X2267
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A Mighty Wind (2000)
Directed by Christopher Guest. Cast: Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Dooley, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Don Lake, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey, Jane Lynch, Catherine O'Hara. In this mockumentary, three folk groups from the 60's -- Mitch and Mickey, the Folksmen, and the New Main Street Singers -- reunite for a memorial concert in New York City following the death of a legendary folk manager. 92 min. DVD 3175
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Nashville (1942)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Henry Gibson, Lily Tomlin, Ronee Blakley, Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Barbara Harris, Karen Black, Joan Tewkesbury. Drama/comedy that interweaves the lives of 24 characters during five days in Nashville, the country music capital of the world. 127 min. DVD 286; vhs 999:279
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Awards & Honors
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Director; Best Supporting Actress (Ronee Blakley)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film; Best Director; Best Supporting Actress (Ronee Blakley); Best Supporting Actor (Henry Gibson)
National Film Registry Selection

New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director; Best Supporting Actress (Lily Tomlin)

Tender Mercies (1983)
Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Allan Hubbard, Betty Buckley, Ellen Barkin. An alcoholic drifter comes into the life of a lonely widow and her young son in the barren flatlands of Texas. But when Mac is revealed to be a once-famous country singer, he must confront a painful past that includes his bitter superstar ex-wife. Special features: "Miracles & mercies" featurette - featuring interviews with stars Robert Duvall, Tess Harper and Allan Hubbard, director Bruce Beresford, and writer/co-producer Horton Foote; theatrical trailer. 127 min. DVD X3761
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Actor (Robert Duvall)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor

Denzin, Norman K. "Reading "Tender Mercies": Two Interpretations." The Sociological Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Spring, 1989), pp. 37-57 UC users only
Wood, Gerald C. "Loving Mac, Beth, and John: Grace in the Plays and Films of Horton Foote." Religion & the Arts, Sep2006, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p374-390, 17p UC users only

Foote, Horton. To kill a mockingbird ; Tender mercies ; and, The trip to Bountiful : three screenplays / by Horton New York : Grove Press, 1989. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3511.O344 A6 1989)

Tom Turkey and his Harmonica Humdingers (1940)
Directed by Hugh Harman. Animated short. MGM. Tom and three of his friends play harmonicas continuously, and vigorously so vigorously that they wreck the local general store. And despite the attempts of one bird to keep playing "Dixie" on the flute, no matter what else is being played. Included on DVD 9066

Walk the Line (2005)
Directed by James Mangold. Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Dallas Roberts, Dan John Miller, Larry Bagby, Shelby Lynne, Tyler Hilton, Waylon Payne, Shooter Jennings. Traces the life of country western singer Johnny Cash from his childhood to the middle of his musical career, with special attention to his relationship with singer June Carter. 136 min. DVD 5183
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy; Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress

Smith, Jr., Glenn D. "Love as Redemption: The American Dream Myth and the Celebrity Biopic." Journal of Communication Inquiry; Jul2009, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p222-238, 17p UC users only

Broadway/Musical Theater

De-Lovely (2004)
Directed by Irwin Winkler. Cast: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce, Kevin McNally, Sandra Nelson, Allan Corduner, Peter Polycarpou, Keith Allen, James Wilby. An original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter, filled with his unforgettable songs. Porter looks back on his life as if it were one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and actions onstage. Through elaborate production numbers and popular hits, Porter's elegant, excessive past comes to light - including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife, Linda Lee Porter, who was his inspiration. 125 min. DVD 3371
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The Jolson Story (1946)
Directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: Larry Parks, Evelyn Keyes, William Demarest, Bill Goodwin. A musical extravaganza biopic telling the story of the meteoric singing/performing career of Asa Yoelson, a talented cantor's son determined to make it big in the "biz". After changing his name to Al Jolson, he captivated audiences everywhere with his minstrel and jazz performances. 130 min. DVD 9907
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Chopra-Gant, Mike. "The Myth of Classlessness." In: Hollywood genres and postwar America : masculinity, family and nation in popular movies and film noir London ; New York : I.B. Tauris Pub. ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. pp: 48-59. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M46 C43 2006)
McClelland, Doug. Blackface to Blacklist: Al Jolson, Larry Parks, and the Jolson Story. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1987. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.J5583 M331 1987)
Rogin, Michael. ""Democracy and burnt cork": the end of blackface, the beginning of civil rights." Representations; Spring 1994, Issue 46, p1-34, 34p
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Lillian Russell (1940)
Directed by Irving Cummings. Cast: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Henry Fonda, Edward Arnold, Warren William, Leo Carrillo, Helen Westley, Dorothy Peterson, Ernest Truex. A biography of American actress and singer Lillian Russell, from her discovery in 1890 by band leader Tony Pastor until her retirement in 1912, when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore. 127 min. DVD X684
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Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Directed by Charles Vidor. Cast: Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Keith, Tom Tully. Jazz age singing sensation Ruth Etting had it all, but it took more than talent to make it big. Her rise to fame at the hands of her Chicago gangster boyfriend turned her life off stage into a world of fear and abuse. Special features: 3 vintage shorts, the first two with Ruth Etting: A modern Cinderella ; Roseland ; A salute to the theatres; theatrical trailer. 122 min. DVD 8876
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Lullaby of Broadway (1950)
Directed by David Butler. Cast: Doris Day, Gene Nelson, S.Z. Sakall, Billy De Wolfe, Gladys George, Florence Bates, Anne Triola, Hanley Syafford, Page Cavanaugh Trio, Carlo and Constance de Matiazzi. A singer arrives in New York to visit her mother, unaware that she is a burnt-out cabaret singer with a love for whiskey. When she arrives at her house, which actually belongs to Adolph Hubbell, a kind-hearted Broadway producer he takes a shine to Melinda and agrees to star her in his next show. Melinda also finds romance with a handsome hoofer who's in the show. All is going well for Melinda except that she wants to see her mother who keeps putting off their reunion. 92 min. DVD 8884
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Night and Day (1946)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, Monty Woolley, Ginny Simms, Jane Wyman. A musical film presenting a fictionalized biography of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s. The film's attempted biography matches many public myths surrounding Cole at the time. Special features: Vintage shorts Desi Arnaz and his orchestra and musical movieland; Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in the classic Looney Tunes cartoon The Big Snooze; Cole Porter musicals trailer gallery. 128 min. DVD 8216
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Custen, George F. "Night and day. Cole Porter, Warner Bros., and the re-creation of a life." Cineaste Vol XIX nr 2-3 (1992); p 42-44

Rat Pack (TV, 1998)
Directed by Rob Cohen. Cast: Joe Mantegna, Ray Liotta, Don Cheadle, Angus MacFadyen, William Petersen, Barbara Niven. A made for television biopic of the exploits of the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop) the entertainers who set the style and the pace for 1950s America. The film focuses on their ties to organized crime, to the Kennedy clan, and on their often turbulent personal lives. 120 min. DVD X3025
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Second Chorus (1941)
Directed by H.C. Potter. Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, Artie Shaw and his orchestra, Charles Butterworth. When pretty college band manager Ellen is lured away by the glamour of famous bandleader Artie Shaw, trumpet players Danny and Hank scheme to get her back in a wily game of romantic cat-and-mouse. 84 min. DVD 9141
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Three Little Words (1950)
Directed by Richard Thorpe. Cast: Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Vera-Ellen, Arlene Dahl, Keenan Wynn, Gale Robbins, Gloria de Haven. A musical biopic telling the story of the lives of the successful Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. 102 min. DVD 5683
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Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
Directed by Richard Whorf. Cast: Robert Walker, Van Johnson, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, June Allyson, Kathryn Grayson, Van Heflin, Dinah Shore, Lucille Bremer, Lena Horne, Angela Lansbury, Tony Martin, Virginia O'Brien, Cyd Charisse. A musical biopic based on the life of American Broadway pioneer Jerome Kern, Featuring renditions of the famous songs from his musical plays by contemporary stage artists, including a condensed production of his most famous: Showboat. 130 min. DVD 5682
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Topsy-turvy (UK, 1999)
Directed by Mike Leigh. Cast: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Ron Cook, Wendy Nottingham, Kevin McKidd, Shirley Henderson, Dorothy Atkinson, Martin Savage, Eleanor David. Tensions abound and the music swells in the story about the famous musical team of Gilbert and Sullivan. The two men who were extremely different in size and stature were even more different in temperament and style. Yet, they still managed to create memorable theater. This is the story of the making of one of their most famous collaborations, The Mikado. 161 min. DVD 5476
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Awards

National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film; Best Director
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Best Actor of the Year (Jim Broadbent)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director
Venice Film Festival - Best Actor

Words and Music (1948)
Directed by Norman Taurog. Cast: June Allyson, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, Mickey Rooney, Ann Sothern, Tom Drake, Cyd Charisse, Betty Garrett, Janet Leigh, Marshall Thompson, Mel Torme, Vera-Ellen. The story of the brilliant but glitchy Lorenz Hart who is disappointed in love by singer Peggy McNeil. He never gets over it and falls apart. Richard Rogers and his wife Dorothy look on in dismay. Special features: Commentary by historian Richard Barrios; new featurette; extensive audio outtakes; vintage short and classic cartoon "Lover;" "You're nearer" outtakes; theatrical trailer. 121 min. DVD 8299
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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf. A rousing musical depicting the life of George M. Cohan, famed playwright, entertainer and composer of patriotic songs. 127 min. DVD 2038
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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor
National Film Registry Selection

Hall, Stefan. "Now Playing: the Patriotic Movie Musical, Starring the United States of America!" Phi Kappa Phi Forum; Summer2009, Vol. 89 Issue 2, p25-25 UC users only
Replogle-Wong, Holley. "Coming-Of-Age in Wartime: American Propaganda and Patriotic Nationalism in Yankee Doodle Dandy." Echo: A music-centered journal; Vol. 8; Issue 1; fall 2006(online)

Opera

Aria (1987)
Ten directors: Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam, Nicholas Roeg, Ken Russell, Charles Sturridge, Julien Temple. Cast: Bridget Fonda, Elizabeth Hurley, Theresa Russell, John Hurt, Buck Henry, Beverly D'Angelo, Anita Morris. Ten of the world's best-known filmmakers contributed to this compilation film, each fashioning a short film inspired by an aria from a famous opera. The approaches vary broadly, from the playful abstraction of Jean-Luc Godard's segment, which illustrated Armide with exercising body-builders, to the more literal approach of Franc Roddam, who transports Tristan and Isolde's story to modern-day Las Vegas. A particular stand-out is Julian Temple's take on Rigoletto, which recasts Verdi as the accompaniment to a contemporary Southern California sex farce. Arias sung in Italian, French and German. 88 min. DVD 3310
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Callas Forever (2002)
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Cast: Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons, Joan Plowright, Jay Rodan, Gabriel Garko, Justino Diaz, Manuel de Blas. Beautifully recreates the magic, passion and artistry of the opera diva Maria Callas, known as "the voice of the century". Gives a loving tribute to what could have possibly happened at the end of Callas's life, whose death came at the age of 53. Callas was a temperamental diva. She captured all the fiery intensity of legend on and off the stage. Her tempestuous relationship with her former manager is what finally persuades her to re-launch her career, despite her fading powers. 108 min. DVD 4089
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Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)
Directed by Bruce Humberstone. Cast: Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke, Charlotte Henry, Thomas Beck, Margaret Irving. Charlie Chan investigates two murders on the opening night of an opera. The prime suspect is the husband of the star of the opera, himself a talented singer who recently escaped from the insane asylum where he had suffered from amnesia for years. 68 min. DVD 6776
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Diva (France, 1981)
Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix. Cast: Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, Frederic Andrei, Richard Bohringer, Thuy An Luu, Roland Bertin, Gerard Darmon. Cynthia Hawkins is the operatic superstar whose refusal to make a recording frustrates her adoring public. A young fan named Jules makes a secret tape and is stalked by thugs who plan to blackmail the diva. Jules also accidently acquires a tape which tells of a top mobster's role in an international sex and drug ring and now two hired killers are out to get the tape. 123 min. DVD 697; vhs 999:2953
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Allmer, Patricia. "'Window Shopping?'-Aesthetics of the Spectacular and Cinéma du Look." Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies, 2004 Feb
Dagle, Joan. "Effacing race: The discourse on gender in Diva." Post Script, Winter91, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p26-35, 10p
Garrity, Henry A. "Pop-Culture Love in Diva: Objects as Icon, Index, and Syntagma." In: Sex and love in motion pictures : proceedings of the Second Annual Film Conference of Kent State University. [Kent, Ohio] : Romance Languages Dept., Kent State University, c1984. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S45 F551 1984)
Hagen, W. M. "Performance Space in Diva." Literature Film Quarterly, 1988, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p155, 5p UC users only
Higbee, Will. "Diva." In: The cinema of France / edited by Phil Powrie. London ; New York : Wallflower, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.F7 C56 2006)
Jameson, Fredric. "On Diva." Social Text, vol. 6, pp. 114-19, 1982 Fall UC users only
Levin, David J. "Is there a text in this libido? Diva and the rhetoric of contemporary opera criticism." In: Between opera and cinema / edited by Jeongwon Joe and Rose Theresa. New York : Routledge, 2002. (Music ML2100 .B47 2002)
Powrie, Phil. "Diva's Deluxe Disasters." Nottingham French Studies, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 109-20, 1993 Spring
Powrie, Phil. "Diva: A new psychoanalytical approach." Studies in French Cinema, 2002, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p41, 9p UC users only
White, Mimi. "They All Sing...: Voice, Body, and Representation in Diva." Literature and Psychology, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 33-43, 1988

Farewell My Concubine (Pa-wang pieh chi). (China / Hong Kong, 1993)
Directed by Chen Kaige. Story that spans more than 50 years in the lives of two gay male actors at the Peking Opera and of the woman who comes between them. Also an absorbing drama of the period in Chinese history from the warlord era through the Cultural Revolution. 157 min. DVD 191
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Awards

Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Long-Haired Hare (1949)
Directed by Chuck Jones. Animated short. Bugs Bunny is sitting outside his rabbit hole, strumming a tune on his banjo ("Rainy Night In Rio"). Meanwhile, a few feet away is the great opera singer Giovanni Jones, rehearsing for tonight's concert. Unable to concentrate because of the rabbit's folk music singing, Jones goes to the bunny and breaks his banjo. Later, the rabbit plays a lovely tune using a harp. Jones smashes that, too. When the opera baritone interrupts Bugs' tuba solo and ties the rabbit's ears to a tree branch, Bugs allows as to how "of course, you realize this means war!" While Jones wins an early victory against Bugs, it is Bugs who ends up with the upper hand in his performance that night. DVD 2073

The Mad Maestro (1939)
Animated short. Directed by Hugh Harman. The maestro is conducting his orchestra of assorted animals. Some of them aren't particularly good at following his direction. Included on DVD 8479

Magical Maestro(1952)
Directed by Tex Avery. Animated short. A magician is spurned by an opera singer, and takes a spectacular revenge by replacing the conductor and turning the hapless tenor into one thing after another. And watch out for the hair that gets caught in the projector gate! Video Disc 152

A Night at the Opera (1935)
Directed by Sam Wood. Cast: Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Kitty Carlisle. A Marx Brothers comic masterpiece in which Groucho's hilarious business schemes bring Milan's finest opera stars to New York, with some unexpected stowaways on board - Harpo and Chico. The three of them create a near riot on the ship, a scandal in New York and an evening of insanity in the concert hall. Special DVD features: Commentary by Leonard Maltin; all new documentary "Remarks on Marx," Groucho Marx on the Hy Gardner Show (1961 broadcast) 2 vintage shorts: Sunday Night at the Trocadero and Robert Benchley's academy award winning How To Sleep; theatrical trailer. 87 min. DVD 2662; vhs 999:1106
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Marx Brothers bibliography
Sammond, Nicholas; Mukerji, Chandra "'What You Are . . .I Wouldn’t Eat': Ethnicity, Whiteness, and Performing 'the Jew' in Hollywood's Golden Age." In: Classic Hollywood, classic whiteness / Daniel Bernardi, editor. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2001. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M56 C59 2001)

Peking Opera Blues (Tao ma tan) (Hong Kong, 1986)
Director, Tsui Hark. Set against the elegant backdrop of Chinese opera in China's warlord period in 1913, the film focuses on three young women who become entangled with revolutionary guerillas. 102 min. DVD 868
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Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Directed by Rupert Julian. Cast: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe. A horror/melodrama about a hideous-looking man who lives in the catacombs below the Paris Opera House and his unrequited love affair with an opera starlet whom he tutors. DVD includes restored version of 1929. 79 min. DVD 3914; vhs 999:802
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Phantom of the Opera (1943)
Directed by Arthur Lubin. Cast: Claude Rains, Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster, Edgar Barrier, Leo Carrillo. A melodrama about a strange man who lives in the catacombs below the Paris Opera House and his love affair with an opera starlet whom he tutors. Based on the book entitled Le Fantome de l'Opera, by Gaston Leroux. 93 min. DVD 521
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The Phantom of the Opera (UK, 1962)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Cast: Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Thorley Walters. A madman called the Phantom terrorizes an opera house. When a singer named Christine is contacted by the specter, her producer tracks him to his underground lair and finds he is a brilliant but disfigured composer demanding revenge. Christine is the Phantom's only weakness and he pays the ultimate price to keep his love for her. 85 min. DVD 4450
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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes(Germany / UK / France, 2005)
Directed by and Stephen Quay Timothy Quay. Cast: Amira Casar, Gottfried John, Assumpta Serna, Cesar Saracho, Ljubisa Gruicic, Marc Bischoff, Henning Peker, Gilles Gavois, Volker Zack, Thomas Schmieder, Regine Zimmermann, Emil Petrov. On the eve of her wedding, the beautiful opera singer Malvina is mysteriously "killed" and abducted by the malevolent Dr. Droz. Felisberto, an innocent piano tuner, is summoned to Droz's secluded villa to service his strange musical automata. Little by little Felisberto learns of the doctor's plans to stage a "diabolic opera" and of Malvina's fate. He secretly conspires to rescue her, only to become trapped himself in the web of Droz's perverse universe. Special features: "The making of 'The piano tuner of Earthquakes':" a 50-minute featurette including an extensive interview with the Quay Brothers and behind-the-scenes footage; Locarno Film Festival press conference with the Quay Brothers, producers Keith Griffiths and Alexander Ris, and star Amira Casar; print interview with the Quays by Jonathan Marlow, from GreenCine; original theatrical trailer. 95 min. DVD X251
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Rabbit of Saville (1950)
Directed by Chuck Jones. Animated short. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra is tuning up for "The Barber of Seville" when the perennial rabbit hunt lands Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny on stage. Bugs takes over the opera at Elmer's expense. The raised curtain gives Bugs the chance to shave Elmer within an inch of his life to the opera's famous overture. Razor flying, Bugs hacks away at Fudd's face (which looks as if it "might have gone through a machine") covered with a frothy milkshake of shaving cream. DVD X4715; DVD 2073; also included on DVD 3564; vhs Video/C MM161

The Soloist (2009)
Directed by Joe Wright. Cast: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey, Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander, Lisagay Hamilton. Tells the true story of journalist Steve Lopez who discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives. 116 min.DVD X1902
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Atkinson, Michael. "The Soloist." Sight & Sound, Oct2009, Vol. 19 Issue 10, p76-76, 1p; UC users only
Denby, David. "The Soloist." New Yorker, 6/1/2009, Vol. 85 Issue 16, p19-19
Gournay, Sam; Gournay, Kevin. "Uncomfortable truths." Mental Health Practice, Dec2009, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p15-15, 1p UC users only

That Midnight Kiss (1949)
Directed by Norman Taurog. Cast: Kathryn Grayson, Jose Iturbi, Ethel Barrymore, Keenan Wynn, J. Carrol Naish, Jules Munshin, Thomas Gomez, Marjorie Reynolds, Mario Lanza. Anspiring opera singer Prudence Budell would like to have a tenor who looks the part of the tenor role. When Johnny Donnetti, a singing truck driver is discovered, she gets her wish. A happy ending is not far away when romance blossoms between Prudence and Johnny. Special features: "One love of mine" outtake; "Pete Smith speciality" short 'Sports oddities;' classic cartoon "Senor Droopy;" theatrical trailer. 98 min. DVD 8294
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The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
Directed by Norman Taurog. Cast: Kathryn Grayson, Mario Lanza, David Niven, J. Carrol Naish, James Mitchell, Richard Hageman, Clinton Sundberg. Snooty opera singer, Suzette Micheline, meets rough-and-tumble fisherman, Pepe Duvalle, in the Louisiana bayous and this fisherman can sing. Her agent lures him away to New Orleans to teach him to sing opera, but comes to regret this rash decision when the singers fall in love. Special features: New documentary profile "Mario Lanza: singing to the Gods;" vintage "Fitzpatrick traveltalk" shorts 'Modern New Orleans' and 'Old New Orleans;' theatrical trailer. 97 min. DVD 8294
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Tonight or Never (1931)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Swanson, Warburton Gamble, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Boris Karloff, Alison Skipworth. An opera prima donna while on holiday in Venice with her elderly fiance, becomes intrigued with Fletcher, one of her admirers. One evening he manages to corner the heroine in her apartment, whereupon she becomes convinced that he's merely a gigolo interestd in her money. But Fletcher is in reality a representative of the Metropolitan Opera, determined to sign her to a contract. 80 min. DVD X3213; vhs 999:2632
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What's Opera, Doc?(1957)
Directed by Chuck Jones. Animated short. One of Chuck Jones' all-time greatest masterpieces and among the finest of all animated shorts of all time, "What's Opera, Doc?" lampooned classic opera by using its elements to set up the latest chapter in Elmer Fudd's hapless pursuit of Bugs Bunny. 7 min. DVD 3136; DVD 3137; also included on DVD 3564
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Goldmark, Daniel. "'What's Opera Doc?' and Cartoon Music." In: Tunes for 'toons : music and the Hollywood cartoon Berkeley : University of California Press, c2005. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Moffitt; Music ML2075 .G65 2005)

Woman, Demon, Human (Jem gui qing) (China, 1987)
Directed by Shuqin Huang. Qui Yun is a famous "Kunqu" Chinese opera actress who specializes in male roles, and attains her greatest success as Zhong Kui in "Zhong Kui Marries Off His Sister." Her career successes do not bring her happiness in her personal life. More and more she comes to rely on the character of Zhong Kui to keep her going. 115 min. DVD 2797
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Classical Music

Mitchell, Charles P. The great composers portrayed on film, 1913 through 2002 Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2004. (MUSI: PN1995.9.C553 M58 2004; Table of contents)
Tibbetts, John C. Composers in the movies : studies in musical biography New Haven : Yale University Press, c2005. Location(s)(MAIN: PN1995.9.C553 T53 2005; Table of contents )

All the Mornings of the World (Tous les matins du monde) (France, 1991)
Directed by Alain Corneau. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Anne Brochet, Guillaume Depardieu, Carole Richert, Michel Bouquet. In this seductive tale of music and passion set in 17th century France, the lives of a reclusive composer and his two beautiful daughters are forever changed by a flamboyant young student. 110 min. DVD X2872; DVD X2141
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Awards
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Amadeus (1990)
Directed by Milos Forman. Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones. Adapted from Shaffer's play, the film presents the life of Antonio Salieri, a mediocre 18th century Viennese composer obsessed with and jealous of the musical genius of the age: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mad with envy, he plots to destroy Mozart by any means. 137 min. DVD 250 ; and Director's Cut, 2001, on DVD 1462
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Director
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director

Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten)(Sweden, 1978)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Helvar Bjork. An international concert pianist visits her grown daughter after a seven-year absence. Aching with the memory of her mother's neglect, the introverted daughter explodes into a rage and the reunion turns into a shattering confrontation. 92 min. DVD 147
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Baton Bunny (1959)
Directed by Chuck Jones and Abe Levitow. Warner Brothers. Animated short. Bugs conducts the Warner Brothers Symphony in Suppe's "Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna" while reacting to a bothersome fly. DVD 4263

The Beat That My Heart Skipped (De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté) (France, 2005)
Directed by Jacques Audiard. Cast: Romain Duris, Niels Arestrup, Linh-Dan Pham, Aure Atika, Emmanuelle Devos, Jonathan Zaccai, Gilles Cohen. In this remake of Fingers, Tom, a ne'er-do-well, works with two scheming real estate men who have little or no morals. He decides to return to the piano and become a concert pianist, like his mother. His piano teacher is a Chinese piano virtuoso who has recently come to live in France. She doesn't speak a lick of French so music becomes the only language they have in common. Before long, Jacques' bid to be a better person means that he begins to yearn for true love. But, when he finally has the chance of winning his best friend's wife, his passion only succeeds in scaring her. And then, one day, his dubious past comes to light... 107 min. DVD X608
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Broken Strings (1940)
Directed by Bernard B. Ray. Cast: Clarence Muse, Sybil Lewis, William Washington, Tommiwitta Moore, Stymie Beard, Pete Webster, Edward Thompson, Buck Woods, Jess Lee Brooks, Earl Morris. An all African American melodrama concerning a classical violinist who injures his fingers. His son tries to earn the needed cash to restore his father's paralyzed hand by following in his father's footsteps as a violinist but to his father's displeasure, he prefers swing to classical music. 60 min. DVD X5323
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La clase (Venezuela, 2007)
Directed by José Antonio Varela. Cast: Carolina Riveros, Laureano Olivares, Dario Soto, Zair Montes, Guillermo Londoño. Tita is a promising young violinist who lives in the Caraqueño neighborhood (Venezuela). Being part of a symphonic band is her life but this life, her family, and the neighborhood she lives in are not compatible. Can she escape to a new life? 90 min. DVD X6967
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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (France, 2009)
Directed by Jan Kounen. Cast: Anna Mouglalis, Mads Mikkelsen.By the 1920s, Coco Chanel has established herself in the world of fashion. After a disastrous reaction to an early production of his Rite of Spring ballet, Igor Stravinsky has become a penniless refugee living in exile. When the two are introduced, the attraction is immediate and together they embark on a passionate affair, which results in a period of great artistic achievement for both artists. Based on the novel by Chris Greenhalgh.110 min. DVD X4665
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Deception (1946)
Directed by Jacques Audiard. Cast: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains. World War II has separated pianist Christine Radcliffe from her great love, cellist Karel Novak. Thinking Karel has been killed in action, she is unexpectedly reunited with him. Now, Christine desperately strives to hide her wartime dalliance as the mistress of a wealthy, sadistic composer. She'll lie to keep her shameful past a secret. Based on a play by Louis Verneuil. Special features: Commentary by film historian Foster Hirsch; "Warner night at the movies 1946" short subjects gallery; vintage newsreel; "Facing your danger" a 'Sports Parade' short; "Movieland magic" special short; "Mouse menace" classic cartoon; trailers. 112 min. DVD DVD X339
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Escape Me Never (1947)
Directed by Peter Godfrey. Cast: Errol Flynn, Ida Lupino, Eleanor Parker, Gig Young. Melodrama about two musician brothers and the women they love. Features a beautiful ballet sequence and music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. 107 min. DVD 1713
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Fantasia (Walt Disney Pictures, 1940)
Directed by James Algar Samuel Armstrong, et al. This extraordinary blend of magnificent music and classic Disney animation is an exhilarating sight and sound experience that has emerged as a milestone in the history of motion pictures. Featuring a host of unforgettable images, including Mickey Mouse as The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Fantasia has captivated generations of moviegoers all over the world. Restored version of the original full-length film released in 1940.

Contents: Toccata and fugue in D minor / J. S. Bach. -- The nutcracker Suite / P. I. Tchaikovsky. -- The sorcerer's apprentice / P. Dukas. -- Rite of spring / I. Stravinsky. -- The Pastoral symphony (The sixth) / L. Beethoven -- Dance of the hours / A. Ponchielli. -- Night on Bald Mountain / M. Moussorgsky. -- Ave Maria / F. Schubert.

DVD 396 (Remastered, restored version; 125 min.) DVD includes special features: Audio commentaries by Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine and more; rare archival interviews with Walt Disney spanning 3 decades; "The making of Fantasia" featurette.
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Awards & Honors
Academy Awards, USA - Honorary Award
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Special Award
National Film Registry Selection

Fantasia 2000 (Walt Disney Pictures, 2000)
Directed by Pixote Hunt, et al. Fulfilling Walt Disney's original vision of fusing sight and sound in a full-length motion picture, this updated version begins where its predecessor, Fantasia, left off, with seven completely new segments and the return of the popular "Sorcerer's apprentice." Breathtaking animated images coupled with classical music favorites, provide dazzling moments in one of the greatest Disney films ever. Special features include: Audio commentary by Roy E. Disney, James Levin and Don Ernst; audio commentary by segment directors and art directors; animated short "Melody;" animated short "Toot, whistle, plunk and boom;" showcase program feeaturing clips from Fantasia 2000.

Contents: Symphony no. 5 / Beethoven -- Pines of Rome / Respighi -- Rhapsody in blue / Gershwin -- Piano concerto no. 2 / Shostakovich -- Carnival of the animals finale / Saint-Saens -- The sorcerer's apprentice / Dukas -- Pomp and circumstance marches 1-4 / Elgar -- Firebird suite (1919 version) / Stravinsky. 74 min. DVD 397

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Fantasia Legacy (2000)
Slip down the corridors of the 60-year history of the magical, magnificent Fantasia and its sequel Fantasia 2000. Hear Walt Disney talk about the tricks of the trade and the story of the animation process, highlighted with extensive scenes from both features. Experience "The Fantasia that never was," segments that were never produced. Enjoy interviews with film historians and filmmakers of Fantasia 2000, witness production progression demonstrations and view the alternate versions of segments and deleted animation from these remarkable films. Welcome to the Fantasia Legacy!.

Special features (Fantasia): In-depth exploration of segments, including storyboards, concept art and character designs; special effects of Fantasia, still frame galleries: The art of Fantasia; publicity material (trailers/posters); pencil tests of unused animation; segments from "tricks of our trade," "The plausible impossible" and "The story of the animated drawing;" biographies of filmmakers; historical context of each musical piece; "The Fantasia that never was;" reconstructed full animation and story reels (with music) of abandoned ideas; still frame art; original theatrical trailer.

Special features (Fantasia 2000): Behind-the-scenes look at each segment including CGI, animation tests, storyboards, concept art, and character designs; interviews with the filmmakers; production progression deomonstrations; deleted animation; alternateversions; abandoned concepts; publicity material (trailers/posters); historical context for each musical piece; original theatrical trailer. 161 min. DVD 398

Farinelli, il Castrato (Belgium / France / Italy / USA, 1994)
Directed by Gérard Corbiau. Cast: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Jeroen Krabbé. The true story of a world famous castrato in the 18th century. With charisma, talent, drive and success, Farinelli had everything: money, talent, fame, women, and the voice of an angel. He becomes obsessed with earning the respect of his brother's rival, the composer Handel. 110 min. DVD X1393
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Awards
Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Final Chord (Schlußakkor) (Germany, 1936)
Directed by Detlef Sierck (Douglas Sirk). Cast: Willy Birgel, Lil Dagover, Maria Von Tasnady, Theodor Loos, Maria Koppenhofer. A young mother leaves her child behind in Germany to join her husband in America. When he dies she returns to Germany and obtains employment as a nanny in the household where her son has been adopted by a kindly orchestra conductor. 100 min. vhs 999:3629
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Schulte-Sasse, Linda. "Douglas Sirk's Schlußakkord and the question of aesthetic resistance." The Germanic Review, Wntr 1998 v73 n1 p2(30)
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Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Directed by Bob Rafelson. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Lois Smith, Billy Green Bush, William Challee. "Bobby Eroica Dupea (Jack Nicholson) comes from a well-bred family of musicians, and once showed great promise as a concert pianist. By nature a restless, angry individual, Bobby left his family and his music when he could no longer endure the dull, cloistered routine of daily practice. He took to the road, wanting to "see the world," and hopefully find something or someone to quell his inner turmoil. He has settled in a small town as an oil rigger, where his life consists of going to work, arguing with his dimwitted but loving girlfriend Rayette (Karen Black), and bowling every night with his friend Elton (Billy "Green" Bush). Not surprisingly, this routine begins to disgust Bobby and, fed up, he decides to travel to Puget Sound, Washington to pay his family a visit. Leaving Rayette at a nearby motel, Bobby goes home and is reunited with his family." [IMDB] Special features on DVD X5297: New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography László Kovács; audio commentary featuring director Bob Rafelson and interior designer Toby Rafelson; "Soul searching in "Five easy pieces", a 2009 video piece with Bob Rafelson; "BBStory" a 2009 documentary about the BBS era, with Rafelson, actors Jack Nicholson, Karen Black and Ellen Burstyn and directors Peter Bogdanovich and Henry Jaglom, among others; audio excerpts from a 1976 AFI interview with Refalson. 91 min. DVD X5297; DVD 913; vhs 999:997
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection
Golden Globes, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Karen Black)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Karen Black)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Lois Smith)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director; Best Supporting Actress (Karen Black)

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Nystrom, Derek. "Hard Hats and Movie Brats: Auteurism and the Class Politics of the New Hollywood." Cinema Journal, 43, Number 3, Spring 2004, pp. 18-41 (Article) UC users only
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Four Minutes (Vier Minuten) (Germany, 2006)
Directed by Chris Kraus. Cast: Monica Bleibtreu, Hannah Herzsprung, Sven Pippig, Richy Müller, Jasmin Tabatabai, Vadim Glowna, Stefan Kurt, Nadja Uhl. Jenny has been locked up in a women's prison for killing someone, and she would do it again. Buried beneath her impenetrable facade, however, Jenny has an invaluable musical talent. When 80 year-old piano teacher Traude Krueger discovers the girl's terrible secret, her raging brutality and her dreams, she makes it her mission to retransform Jenny into the musical wunderkind she once was. 112 min. DVD X3956
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The Great Waltz (1938)
Directed by Julien Duvivier. Cast: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravet, Miliza Korjus, Hugh Herbert, Lionel Atwill. Musical biography loosely based on the life of composer Johann Strauss which captures his spirit and inventiveness. 102 min. vhs 999:3851
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A Heart in Winter (Un coeur en hiver) (France, 1992)
Directed by Claude Sautet. Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Béart, André Dussollier. Camille, a concert violinist, becomes intrigued by her lover's business partner, Stephane. She interprets his distance as a sign of intellectual seduction. The love triangle that develops reveals the complexity and imperfection of the three characters. Special features: Claude Sautet interview; French TV appearances by Claude Sautet and André Dussollier; excerpt from the documentary "Claude Sautet ou la magie invisible"; original French theatrical trailer. 101 min. DVD X3760
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Humoresque (1947)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carrol Naish. A glamorous but alcoholic socialite, trapped in a marriage to an older man, finds herself falling in love with a young violinist (Garfield) from the Lower East Side whose performance she is underwriting. Lester Friedman, in his "Hollywood's Image of the Jew" (NY: Ungar, 1982), p. 36) calls the film the "quintessential ghetto film." 126 min. DVD 4049; vhs 999:1228
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Interlude (1957)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: June Allyson, Rossano Brazzi, Marianne Cook, Françoise Rosay, Keith Andes, Frances Bergen, Jane Wyatt. A young woman travels to Munich seeking adventure and romance. She meets a symphony conductor and begins a relationship with him. However, she soon discovers that he has a family, and to complicate her situation, she meets a former suitor, a doctor, who works in a Munich hospital. 86 min. DVD X3231
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Intermezzo (1936)
Directed by Gustaf Molander. Cast: Gösta Ekman, Inga Tidblad, Ingrid Bergman. A young aspiring pianist falls in love with a famous concert violinist, the father of one of her pupils. He leaves his family and goes with her on an extended concert tour through Europe, but a near-fatal accident involving his daughter leads him to reassess his family obligations. 91 min. DVD 1179
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The King Dances (Le Roi danse) (France / Germany / Belgium, 2000)
Directed by Gerard Corbiau. Cast: Benoît Magimel (Louis XIV), Boris Terral (Lully), Tcheky Karyo (Molière), Colette Emmanuelle (queen mother [Anne of Austria]), Cecile Bois (Madeleine), Claire Keim (Julie), Johan Leysen (Cambert), Idwig Stephane (Conti), Emil Tarding (the young Louis XIV); others. Historical drama about Louis XIV of France, centering on his passion for dance and music. The shy heir to the throne has his destiny altered when musician Jean-Baptiste Lully and the famed playwright Moliere enter his life. Recognizing the young king's talent for dance they compose and stage ballets that glorify Louis' image. The film includes many recreations of dance, drama, and opera of the era. 114 min. DVD 4502
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The Mad Maestro(1939)
Directed by Hugh Harman. Animated short. The maestro is conducting his orchestra of assorted animals. Some of them aren't very adept at following his direction.DVD 8479 (supplementary feature)
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The Orchestra(1990)
Presents a series of visually stunning vignettes by Polish-American filmmaker Zbig Rybcznski of classical music compositions by Chopin, Ravel, Schubert, Albinoni, Rossini, and Mozart presented as music videos. 57 min. DVD 2244

Orchestra Rehearsal (Prova d'orchestra) (Italy / West Germany, 1979)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Balduin Baas, Clara Colosimo, Elisabeth Labi, Ronaldo Bonacchi. A controversial yet comical film, it depicts the turmoil of Italian society through events that take place during a rehearsal gathering set in a 13th century chapel, as musicians rebel against their conductor. 72 min. DVD 5984; vhs 999:2576
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The Pianist (France / Germany / UK / Poland, 2002)
Directed by Roman Polanski. Cast: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner, Jessica Kate Meyer. Based on the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew and a brilliant pianist who watched as his family was shipped off to Nazi labor camps. Tells of his heroic and inspirational journey of survival with the unlikely help of a sympathetic German officer, as he lived for years in the ruins of Warsaw, hiding from the Nazis. 149 min. DVD 1632
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
César Awards, France - Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Picture

La Pianiste (Germany / Poland / France / Austria, 2001)
Director, Michael Haneke. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoit Magimel. The story of Erika, a middle-aged classical piano instructor who is trapped between her rigid passion for music and her suffocating home life. She escapes her life with nightly voyeuristic wanderings and self-inflicted masochistic experiments. 125 min. DVD 1684
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Awards (Benoît Magimel)
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Jury; Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert); Best Actor
César Awards, France - Best Supporting Actress (Annie Girardot)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert)

Playing for Time (TV, 1980)
Directed by Daniel Mann. Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, Shirley Knight, Marisa Berenson, Maud Adams. Fania Fenelon is a Jewish cabaret singer in Paris during the Nazi invasion. Fania and thousands of other Jewish and political prisoners are sent to the Auschwitz death camp. She and a group of other classical musicians are spared from death in exchange for performing music for their captors. They are also ordered to play for the thousands being herded to the gas chambers, as a 'humane' means of easing the condemned into the next world. Based on true events. Based on the book by Fania Fenelon. 150 min. DVD X4662
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Rhapsody Rabbit (2001)
Director, Friz Freleng. Animated short. Bugs Bunny is a concert pianist. On his big night he sits to deliver Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody but must overcome a cougher in the audience, distractions in his sheet music, hunger pangs and a troublesome musical mouse living somewhere within in his grand piano. DVD 3137
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Shine (Australia, 1996)
Directed by Scott Hicks. Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Noah Taylor, Lynn Redgrave, John Gielgud. A dramatization of the true story of gifted Australian piano prodigy, David Helfgott who experiences a nervous breakdown and is hospitalized, but later returns to the concert hall. 105 min. DVD 2397
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor

A Song to Remember (1944)
Directed by Charles Vidor. Cast: Paul Muni, Merle Oberon, Cornel Wilde, Nina Foch, George Coulouris, Howard Coulouris, Stephen Bekassy. Dramatized biography of Frederic Chopin from the time of his leaving Poland until his death. Emphasizes his romance with George Sand and his love of Poland which caused him to pursue a concert tour which hastened his death from tuberculosis. 112 min. vhs 999:3830
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Taking Sides (France / UK / Germany / Austria, 2001)
Directed by István Szabó. Cast: Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgard, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birgit Minichmayr, Ulrich Tukur, Hans Zischler, Armin Rohde, Augush Zirner, Thomas Thieme. After Hitler took over power in 1933, many Jewish artists were forced to leave Germany. Based on true events this is the story of Wilhelm Furtwangler who choose to stay. Though never a member of the party, he was a receipient of honors associated with party membership. However, the conductor often used his position and contacts to save hundreds of Jewish musicians from concentration camps. When U.S. Major Steve Arnold is tasked with the pre-trial investigations, his aim is to prove that the conductor's genius contributed to the Nazi propaganda, while Furtwangler insisted he stayed to bring comfort to the German people with his music. Based upon the play by Ronald Harwood. 105 min. DVD 2571
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To Joy (Till glädje)(Sweden,1949)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Maj-Britt Nilsson, Stig Olin, Birger Malmsten, John Ekman, Margit Carlquist, Victor Sjostrom. An orchestra violinist's dreams of becoming a celebrated soloist and fears of his own mediocrity get in the way of his marriage to the patient, caring Marta. Played out to the music of Beethoven, this film is a heartbreaking tale of one man's inability to overcome the demons standing in the way of his happiness. 99 min. DVD 7566
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Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
Directed by Preston Sturges. Cast: Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallee, Barbara Lawrence. A famous conductor, blessed with both a brilliant career and a beautiful young wife, believes that she's having an affair with his handsome young secretary. The conductor fantasizes three insane scenes of revenge while conducting a concert and then tries to enact them in the brilliant conclusion. Special features: Audio commentary featuring Sturges Scholars James Harvey, Brian Henderson, and Diane Jacobs; video introduction by director Terry Jones; interview with Sandy Sturges; gallery featuring rare production correspondence and stills; essay by novelist Jonathan Lethem. 105 min. DVD 4263
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Waltzes from Vienna (aka Strauss' Great Waltz) (UK, 1934)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Jessie Matthews, Edmund Gwenn, Fay Compton. The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger. The crux of the film is the intense rivalry between the two Strausses, which is somehow resolved by the inaugural performance of Joseph Junior's "The Blue Danube." 78 min. DVD X6409
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Brassed Off!(UK /USA, 1996)
Director Mark Herman. Cast: Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor, Jim Carter, Sue Johnston, Stephen Moore, Ken Colley, Grimethorpe Colliery Band. A story about two old friends and ex-lovers whose surprise reunion turns their lives and the lives of everyone else in town hilariously upside down! 101 min. DVD 5841
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Les Choristes (The Chorus) (France / Switzerland / Germany, 2004)
Directed by Christophe Barratier with Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Marie Bunel and Jean-Baptiste Maunier. Cast: Gerard Jugnot, Francois Berleand, Kad Merad, Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Marie Bunel, Paul Charieras. Unemployed music teacher Clement Mathieu becomes the supervisor at a French boarding school for the rehabilitation of minors. Dismayed by the repressive administration, he works to positively transform the students' lives through music. 97 min. DVD 3914
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Crossover Dreams (1985)
Directed by León Ichaso. Cast: Ruben Rubén, Shawn Elliot, Elizabeth Peña, Tom Signorelli, Frank Robles. A bittersweet comedy about a Salsa singer who strives to cross-over into the pop music mainstream. He shafts everyone he meets on his way to the top but when his latest record flops, his career starts going downhill. 85 min. DVD X6382; vhs 999:2575
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Willis, Sharon. "Race on the Road: Crossover Dreams." In: The road movie book / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark. London ; New York : Routledge, 1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.R63 R63 1997)

Dananir (Dananeer) (Egypt, 1955)
Directed by Ahmed Badrakhan. Set during the time of the Arabian Nights around the singer Dananeer who has a divine voice who's taken from the simple Bedouin desert life to the decadence and intrigues of the palaces. The songs performed in this film are regarded by critics as one of the highlights in her singing career. DVD. 90 min. DVD 4778
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Deep in My Heart (1954)
Directed by Stanley Donen. Cast: Jose Ferrer, Merle Oberon, Helen Traubel, Doe Avedon, Tamara Toumanova, Paul Stewart, Isobel Elsom, William Olvis, James Mitchell, Walter Pidgeon, Paul Henreid, Rosemary Clooney, Gene & Fred Kelly, Jane Powell, Vic Damone, Ann Miller, Cyd Charisse, Howard Keel, Tony Martin. While Broadway swings to the jazzy beat of ragtime, Sigmund Romberg continues to play the beautiful waltzes of his native Austria at the Cafe Vienna. Persuaded by the cafe owner to compose in the new style, he creates a hit song, which leads to great musical success, but the woman he loves is reluctant to return his feelings. Dance numbers: Leg of mutton dance, performed by Ferrer and Traubel -- Sunrise in Paris, performed by Toumanova -- Mr. & Mrs., from Midnight girl, performed by Ferrer and Clooney -- I love to go swimmin' with women, from Dancing around, performed by Gene & Fred Kelly -- It, from Artists & models, performed by Ann Miller -- Dance, from The desert song, performed by Charisse and Mitchell. 132 min. DVD 9895; vhs 999:3869
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Drumline (2002)
Directed by Charles Stone III. Cast: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, J. Anthony Brown, GQ, Leonard Roberts, Orlando Jones. Halftime is party time for the gifted street drummer who snares the top spot in his university's marching band. However, he initially flounders in his new world, before realizing that it takes more than talent to reach the top. 118 min. DVD 2572
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Édith et Marcel (France, 1983)
Directed by Claude Lelouch. Cast: Evelyne Bouix, Marcel Cerdan jr., Jaques Villeret, Francis Huster. Summary This tragic musical drama chronicles the star-crossed love between beloved French singer Edith Piaf and World Middleweight boxing champion Marcel Cerdan who died in a plane crash. The tumultuous affair is paralleled by the love affair of a French POW and his young pen pal who get engaged after writing to each other for four years and having never met. Their romances are framed by the sad, torchy songs of Piaf. 156 min. DVD X2052
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The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Directed by Steve Kloves. Cast: Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Xander Berkeley, Albert Hall. The Baker brothers have played every hotel and cocktail lounge they could book in the last 15 years. When they book Susie Diamond, a hard-talking beauty with a terrific voice, the trio become an instant success. 108 min. DVD 6817
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Fado: Historía d'uma Cantadeira (Mouraria) (Portugal, 1947)
Directed by Perdigâo Queiroga. Cast: Amalia Rodrigues, Virgilio Teixeira, Raul de Carvalho, Eugenio Salvador, Joe Victor, Antonio Silva, Vasco Santana, Tony D'Algy. Story about a young fado singer, Ana Maria, who despite her success and fame remains true to her first love Julio, a humble guitar player. 110 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5235
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Fanfare (Netherlands, 1958)
Directed by Bert Haanstra. Cast: Hans Kaart, Bernard Droog, Ineke Brinkman, Wim Van den Heuvel, Andrea Domburg, Albert Mol, Henk van Buuren, Herbert Joeks, Johan Valk, Ton Lutz, Riek Schagen, Sara Heyblom, Dio Huysmans. After a fight the brass band in a small village splits up into two separate bands. They both want to win a contest and will do anything to prevent the other band from winning it. 83 min. DVD X2165
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Faubourg 36 (Paris 36)(France / Germany / Czech Republic, 2008)
Directed by Christophe Barratier. Cast: Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder. When Pigoil's adulterous wife leaves with his beloved son, he gambles everything to get him back. As the previous manager of the now closed Chansonia Theatre, he makes a deal with the new owner to give him one month to turn the theater around and make a profit. Special features: Deleted scenes ; commentary with director Christophe Barratier and actress Nora Arnezeder ; Nora Arnezeder: the young revelaton's beautiful adventure ; The film locations: Thomas Lautner's Making of ; Paris 36: interview with the actors. 120 min. DVD X2299
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For Rent (Se Arrienda) (Chile, 2005)
Directed by Alberto Fuguet. Cast: Luciano Cruz Coke, Felipe Braun, Francisca Lewin, Jaime Vadell, Ignacia Allamand, Diego Casanueva. The musician Gastón Fernández once had a shining future. Fifteen years later, after composing music for a failed motion picture he is discouraged and is forced to choose between continuing to wait for his artistic future to emerge while living in poverty, or resign himself to working for his father, in a job he hates. 110 min. DVD X7008
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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (Gainsbourg: vie héroïque)(France, 2010)
Directed by Joann Sfar. Cast: Anna Mouglalis, Eric Elmosnino, Laetitia Casta, Lucy Gordon. Best selling comic book artist Joann Sfar delivers an inventive biography of famed French singer Serge Gainsbourg. Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, his transition from painter to jazz musician to pop superstar and his many relationships including Juliette Greco, Brigitte Bardot, and Jane Birkin while employing a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack that acts like a time capsule to '60s Paris. Bonus features: Joann Sfar (drawings): a documentary by Mathieu Amalric ; original storyboards and character sketches by Joann Star ; making of Gainsbourg ; theatrical trailer. 122 min. DVD X7266
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The Glenn Miller Story (1953)
Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: James Stewart, June Allyson, Henry Morgan, Frances Langford, Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa. This tribute to Glenn Miller charts his rise from obscurity and poverty to fame and wealth in the early 1940s. 113 min. DVD X3477
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The Harmonists (Germany / Austria, 1997)
Directed by Joseph Vilsmaier. Cast: Ben Becker, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Noethen, Max Tidof, Kai Wiesinger, Meret Becker. In this dramatization of a true story, Harry and his friends form "The Harmonists," a singing group in pre-war Germany. Changes in the nation's political tide force them to make decisions that will test their loyalty. When three of the six are disclosed as Jews, the group faces banning. 115 min. DVD 1862
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June Moon (TV, 1949)
Directed by Walter Hart. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Eva Marie Saint, Edward Andrews, Glenda Farrell, Jean Carson, Joshua Shelley, Philip Sterling. One of the most enduring jazz age satires, stemming out of Ring Lardner's own disillusionment with song publishers rejecting his sardonic lyrics in favor of mindless ditties. It tells the story of brash, aspiring songwriter Fred M. Stevens, bound for New York City and success. Adapted by Gerald Goode from the 1929 play by Ring W. Lardner, Jr. and George S. Kaufman. Originally broadcast on the television series Studio One on June 22, 1949. 60 min. DVD X596
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Leningrad Cowboys Go America (Finland, 1989)
Directed Aki Kaurismaki. Cast: MKatinka Farago, Matti Pellonpaa, Kari Vaananen, The Leningrad Cowboys. The Leningrad Cowboys, a group of Finnish musicians, and their manager, travel to America seeking fame and fortune. As they cross the country, trying to get to a wedding in Mexico, they are followed by the village idiot, who wishes to join the band. 80 min. DVD 4755
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Life on a String (Bian zou bian chang)(China / Germany / UK, 1991)
Directed by Chen Kaige. Cast: Liu Zhongyuan, Huang Lei, Xu Qing. Story of a saintly blind man who as a boy was promised the restoration of his sight if he devoted his life to music. He and a young blind disciple travel the countryside seeking enlightenment and inspiring people with their singing and banjo playing. 107 min. DVD 4946
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Make Mine Music (Walt Disney Pictures, 1946)
Directors, Bob Cormack Clyde Geronimi, et al. A collection of nine Walt Disney musical animated shorts set to a 1940s soundtrack. Includes three bonus cartoons (The band concert, Farmyard symphony, Music land) following the feature. Contents: Blue bayou / Ken Darby Chorus -- All the cats join in / Benny Goodman and his orchestra -- Without you / Andy Russell -- Casey at the bat / Jerry Colonna -- Two silhouettes / Dinah Shore -- Peter and the wolf / Sterling Holloway -- After you've gone / The Benny Goodman Quartet -- Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet / Andrews Sisters -- The whale who wanted to sing at the Met / Nelson Eddy. 67 min. DVD 2888
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The Man I Love (1947)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: Ida Lupino, Robert Alda, Andrea King, Martha Vickers, Bruce (Herman Brix) Bennett, Alan Hale, Dolores Moran, John Ridgely, Don McGuire, Warren Douglas, Craig. A nightclub singer who falls for a no-good mobster and a moody piano genius becomes dangerously involved with her brother's descent into crime. This film inspired Scorsese's film titled New York, New York. From the novel Night shift by Maritta Wolf. 90 min. DVD X4501; vhs 999:2869
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Mga munting, tinig(Philippines, 2002)
Director: Gil M. Portes. Cast: Alessandra de Rossi, Dexter Doria, Gina Alajar, Amy Austria, Bryan Homecillo, Pierro rodriguez, Irma Adlawan. Based on the teaching experience of the filmmakers niece during the 1980s, tells the story of an idealistic young woman who takes a teaching position at a small rural school in the Philippine province of Malawig. With a corrupt government and scarce economic opportunities, the townsfolk struggle to survive. While many of the adults choose to join the guerilla military force, the children are made to work on family farms rather than receive an education. Against many of the parents' wishes, Melinda enters her class in a singing competition. Their songs awaken in everyone a small flame of hope and willingness to fight against darkness, poverty, death, and despair. 109 min. DVD 7113
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Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Directed by Stephen Herek. Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, W.H. Macy, Alicia Witt, Jean Louisa Kelly, Olympia Dukakis. The story of a serious musician who reluctantly enters the teaching profession to remain afloat financially and discovers that his true passion is teaching. 143 min. DVD X6364
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Music Man (1962)
Directed by Morton Da Costa. Cast: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold, Paul Ford. Silver-tongued con artist Harold Hill hoodwinks the stubborn townsfolk of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy's band, but his game ultimately--and romantically--backfires. 115 min. DVD 473; vhs 999:826
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Awards
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical
National Film Registry Selection

Notturno (Austria, 1988)
Directed by Fritz Lehner . Presents 2 versions of the film directed by Fritz Lehner of the last days of the composer Franz Schubert. Udo Samel plays Franz Schubert in these film biographies that present a grim look at the darker side of the legendary composer. Schubert is released from a hospital-asylum after being treated for a sexually transmitted disease. After visiting his strict father, he goes to live with his wealthy friend Schober. Franz is followed by Kajetan, the crippled beggar he befriended during his hospital stay. In German without subtitles. Version 1: Notturno: love has lied (100 min.) -- Version 2: Notturno: Winterjourney (131 min.) DVD 7767

100% Arabica (Cent pour cent Arabica; One hundred percent Arabica) (France / Belgium / Switzerland, 1997)
Director, Mahmoud Zemmouri. Cast: Khaled, Cheb Mami, Mouss, Najim Laouriga, Fard Fedjer, Youssef Diawara, Patrice Thibaud, Mohamed Camara. The rising popularity of a local band threatens orthodox religious groups in a mixed Arab and African housing project outside Paris. Attendance at the mosque falls and drastic measures are taken to keep the balance of power in the hands of the religious leaders. No one can stop the infectious popularity of the music, however, and when all the musicians finally sing together, everyone is united. 85 min. DVD 6001
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The Outsider (Szabadgyalog) (Hungary, 1981)
Directed by Bela Tarr. Cast: Szabo Andras, Fodor Jolan, Donko Imre, Balla Istvan, Janossy Ferenc, Naton Laszlo, Vass Imre. Nicknamed "Beethoven," Andras is a violinist who has been kicked out of music school in Debrecen and now makes his living as a disc jockey. A woman gives birth to his illegitimate child and he loses his job at a mental hospital. He marries another woman but their lack of income provokes a crisis in the relationship. One option that the couple has is to move into a flat and live with her parents. Will he, his wife asks, be a permanent outsider despite his talents? Eventually, she gets fed up with Andras and sleeps with his brother. 122 min. DVD 4141
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The Overture (Hom rong)(Thailand, 2004)
Directed by Ittisoontorn Vichailak. Based on the life of Luang Pradit Pairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) the most revered traditional Thai music master who lived during the reigns of Kings Rama V to VIII. The movie traces the life of Sorn, who picked up the ra-nad ek (Thai xylophone) mallets as a small child and played all his life. The backdrop to Sorn's life tale is the story of Thailand's classical music from its golden age during the reign of King Rama V to near extinction after the end of the absolute monarchy when the government banned it as uncivilised in the 1930s. The film shifts back and forth from the time when Sorn was a young man, playing in a xylophone duel with the intense Kun In, to the 1940s, when Thailand was under Japanese occupation and Sorn's playing would provide some inspiration to the oppressed citizenry of the time. 104 min. DVD 5989
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Pachito Rex: I'm Leaving But Not for Good (Pachito Rex - Me voy pero no del todo) (Mexico, 2001)
Directed by Fabián Hofman. Cast: Jorge Zárate, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Fernando Torre Lapham, Damián Alcázar, Lisa Owen. Several stories surround the assassination attempt of controversial singer, Francisco Ruiz, the favorite candidate to win the election in a Latin American country. The stories of the alleged assassin, the police officer in charge of investigating the disappearance of the body 5 years after the attempt, and the architect hired to design a mausoleum for Ruiz eventual come together, offering a vision about idols, democracy and the repercussion of unusual events that occur in our everyday life. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 87 min. DVD X4037
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Pastorale (Pastorali)(Soviet Union, 1975)
Directed by Otar Iosseliani. Cast: Nestor Pipia, Rezo Tcharkhalachvili, Lia Tokhadze-Djougueli, Marina Kartsivadze, Tamara Gabarachvili, Nana Iosseliani, Leri Zardiachvili. Guy Agladze resides in a large city and plays in an orchestra. Guy has a number of friends and acquaintances. His days are hectic and busy. He has to manage too much and he is always late. His time, his energy, his talents evaporate in the hassle of the day and among the little things to be done. Guy dies in an accident without having managed to note down the music that his soul was playing in the rare moments of his solitude. 91 min. DVD 4448
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Rembetiko (Greece, 1983)
Directed by Costas Ferris. Cast: Sotiria Leonardou, Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Michalis Maniatis, Themis Bazaka, Nikos Dimitratos, Giorgos Zorbas, Konstantinos Tzoumas, Vicky Vanita. A dramatizaton of the turbulent 40 years in popular singer Marika Ninou's life. Born in Smyrna, Turkey in 1917, she was deported to Greece when she was 7-years-old. Her parents begin a career as musician and singer in a nightclub. Ninou watches her father murder her mother, runs away from home, has a baby, and comes back to the nightclub to sing. 110 min. DVD X2632
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Selena (1997)
Directed by Gregory Nava.. Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Constance Marie, Jacob Vargas, Lupe Ontiveros, Jackie Guerra, Rebecca Lee Meza. Tells the story of Latin Queen Selena Quintanilla-Perez, who was the most popular Latin Singer at the time of her tragic death at the age of only 23 years in 1995. Her life story takes off as Jennifer Lopez accurately portrays Selena through her unforgettable concerts, her family struggles, and her secret marriage to her guitarist Chris Perez. Special features: Disc 1: Original theatrical version, The making of Selena 10 years later, 9 additional scenes ; disc 2: Extended director's cut film version, Selena: Queen of Tejano featurette. DVD X401
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Smash-up: The Story of a Woman(1947)
Directed by Stuart Heisler. Original story, Dorothy Parker, Frank Cavett. Cast: Susan Hayward, Eddie Albert, Lee Bowman, Marsha Hunt, Carl Esmond, Carleton Young, Charles D. Brown, Janet Murdoch. "Angie Evans, fast-rising nightclub singer, interrupts her career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway. When Ken lucks into a career as chart-topping radio crooner, Angie is forced into idle luxury which proves her downfall. Her potential alcoholism burgeons and Ken remains clueless concerning his responsibility for her problems." [IMDB] 104 min. DVD X3766
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Song o' My Heart (2004)
Directed by Frank Borzage. Cast: John McCormack, Alice Joyce, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Garrick, Tommy Clifford. A film made as a showcase for the voice of Irish tenor, John McCormack. A fictional Irish singer leaves behind success in New York to return to Ireland to care for the children of his recently deceased childhood sweetheart. Full sound version (87 min.) -- Music and effects version (90 min.) DVD X722
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Sopyonje (South Korea, 1993)
Directed by Kwon-taek Im. The specifically Korean tradition that is reclaimed in Sopyonje is the type of folk-song known as pansori, described as a musical sublimation of southwest Korea's collective grief and suffering - in other words, a kind of blues. The film's three central characters are itinerant pansori singers in the 1950s, a time when many aspects of Korean culture came under siege from Japanese and western influences. A man named Dong-ho is roaming the rural hinterlands, ostensibly to find rare herbal medicines for his sick son back in Seoul, but actually in search of Song-hwa, the woman he grew up with. Orphans, they were both apprenticed to the pansori master Yu-bong who pressured them to sacrifice everything for the art. Dong-ho rebelled and ran away, but Song-hwa stayed, lost her sight, and outlived Yu-bong. Rumor has it that she is still travelling and still singing pansori... 113 min. DVD 6516
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That Midnight Kiss (1949)
Directed by Norman Taurog. Cast: Kathryn Grayson, Jose Iturbi, Ethel Barrymore, Keenan Wynn, J. Carrol Naish, Jules Munshin, Thomas Gomez, Marjorie Reynolds, Mario Lanza. Anspiring opera singer Prudence Budell would like to have a tenor who looks the part of the tenor role. When Johnny Donnetti, a singing truck driver is discovered, she gets her wish. A happy ending is not far away when romance blossoms between Prudence and Johnny. 98 min. DVD 8294
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That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas, Burgess Meredith, Eve Arden, Alan Mowbray, Olive Blakeney. A comedy in which a seemingly happy couple realize they aren't so happy when an egotistical, eccentric musician enters the scene. 85 min. DVD 4659
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There Once was a Singing Blackbird (Iko shashvi mgalobeli)(Soviet Union, 1970)
Directed by Otar Iosseliani. Guy Agladze resides in a large city and plays in an orchestra. Guy has a number of friends and acquaintances. His days are hectic and busy. He has to manage too much and he is always late. His time, his energy, his talents evaporate in the hassle of the day and among the little things to be done. Guy dies in an accident without having managed to note down the music that his soul was playing in the rare moments of his solitude. 78 min. DVD 4448
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Together (He ni zai yi qi)(China / South Korea, 2002)
Directed by Chen Kaige. Cast: Liu Peiqi, Chen Hong, Wang Zhiwen, Chen Kaige, Tang Yun. When a shy small-town boy heads to Beijing for violin lessons, he discovers a new world filled with first loves, lasting friendships ... and a secret that will change his life forever. 119 min. DVD 4868
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Torch Song (1953)
Directed by Charles Walters. Cast: Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding, Gig Young, Marjorie Rambeau. Tells the story of a hard as nails Broadway musical star who chews up people for lunch. Romance enters her life in the form of her new piano accompanist, blinded war-veteran Tye Graham. The fact that Graham refuses to kowtow to the temperamental Jenny's demands, coupled with the adversarial behavior of Graham's seeing-eye dog, makes the pianist all the more attractive to the lonely songstress. Based on a story by I. A. R. Wylie. Special features: "Tough Baby: Torch Song"; classic cartoon, "TV of Tomorrow"; vintage Crawford, Jimmy Fund Public Service Announcement trailer; audio only bonus, Crawford recording sessions; theatrical trailer. 89 min. DVD X1006
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Toyland Broadcast (1934)
Animated short. Directed By Rudolf Ising. "Station ABC broadcasts the Toyland Revue. All the toys in the nursery have come to life to entertain the listeners. A toy soldier is now a radio broadcaster. Baby dolls sing "Mississippi Moon." They are joined by a crooning Bing Crosby-like jack-in-the-box. A Kate Smith-like doll interrupts to sing a brief rendition of "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain." A roly-poly toy, which looks like Paul Whiteman, cranks a Sambo Jazz Band music box. A bead man dances on a xylophone. A floppy-eared stuffed toy dog, which looks like Rudy Vallee, plays the saxophone. A duck pull toy rolls across the piano. Two French dolls perform the Apache Dance on the piano. Rubinov and his anthropomorphic violin play "Trees" as a calico dog performs the vocals. The jazz band provides an explosive finish." [IMDB] Included on DVD X1006

La Vie en Rose (La Môme) (France / UK / Czech Republic, 2007)
Directed by Olivier Dahan. Cast: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gerard Depardieu, Clotilde Courau, Jean-Pierre Martins, Catherine Allegret, Marc Barbe. Raised in a brothel, then wrested from the only life she knew by her father, so they could join the circus, Edith Piaf spent her teen years on the streets. She is finally "rescued" by a crime figure who gives her career a start and, ultimately, by her international success and final illness. Always frail, sickly, malnourished, and wildly temperamental, she was often on drugs or alcohol and was always in search of true love. Middleweight boxer, Marcel Cerdan, captures her heart and gives her something to live for, besides her music--at least for a while. Special features: "Stepping into character:" an exclusive behind the scenes look at Marion Cotillard's transformation into Edith Piaf's character, including an interview with the director and award-winning Marion Cotillard; Edith Piaf documentary. 141 min. vhs DVD 8800
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La Vie est Belle (Life is Rosy) (Zaire, 1987)
Directors: Mweze Ngangura and Benoit Lamy. Tells of the rags to riches story of a poor rural musician who realizes that to succeed in today's music world he must go to the city and break into radio and television. In French with English subtitles. 83 min. DVD X1974; vhs 999:504

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The Violin (El Violin) (Mexico, 2006)
Directed by Francisco Vargas. Cast: Don Angel Tavira, Dagoberto Gama, Gerardo Taracena, Mario Garibaldi, Fermin Martinez, Silverio Palacios, Justo Martinez. In rural Mexico, during the peasant revolts of the 1970s, Plutarco, his son Genaro and grandson Lucio lead double lives. On the one hand, they are simple country musicians, and on the other they actively support the peasant guerrilla movement against the oppressor government. When the army occupies the village, the rebels are forced to flee and leave their ammunition behind. Making the most of the fact that he looks like an inoffensive violinist, Plutarco has a plan: to recover the munitions hidden in his cornfield. His music enraptures the captain, but he still has to get his hands on the ammunition. Un bisou pour le monde: In this short film a primary school teacher shows her pupils some daily newspapers. As one of the students wants to look at the copy of Le Monde more carefully, he tears it into pieces. The teacher makes him tape the pieces back together, but the student's choices for where the pieces should go has a surprising effect on "the world." 98 min. DVD 9839
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Yidl Mitn Fidl (Yidl With a Fiddle) (Poland / USA, 1935)
Directed by Joseph Green and Jan Nowina-Przybylski. Provides a warm rendering of Eastern European Jewish life, made all the more fun and wonderful by Molly Picon's unequaled ability to amuse and entertain. In Yiddish with subtitles. 92 min. DVD 1535; vhs 999:456
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Movie Appearances and Cameos By Musicians

The following list includes appearances or starring roles by musicians and singers in films and television programs that are largely non-musical in nature. Titles listed are those held in the MRC collection only. For a complete listing of individual credits, SEE The Internet Movie Database

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Pop Musicians and Bands

50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005) DVD 5676

Edie Adams - Tales of the City (TV, 1993)DVD X22; The Apartment (1960) DVD 1758

Aerosmith - Simpsons (TV, episode: Flaming Moe's) DVD 1844

Aaliyah - Romeo Must Die (2000) DVD 6141

Christina Aguilara - Burlesque (2010) DVD X5370

Paul Anka - Simpsons (TV, episode: Treehouse of Horror VI) DVD 4864; The Longest Day (1962) DVD 1220

Marc Anthony - Bringing Out The Dead (1999) DVD 604

Charles Aznavour - Ararat (2002) DVD 1821; Der Zauberberg (The Magic Mountain) (1982)DVD 7427; The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) (1979) DVD 554; vhs 999:623; Shoot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le pianiste) (1960) DVD 69; vhs 999:455

The B-52s - Simpsons (TV, episode: E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)) DVD X420

Josephine Baker - Fausse alerte (1945)vhs 999:3496; Princesse Tam Tam (1935) DVD 5569; vhs 999:3718; Zouzou (1934) DVD 4106; vhs 999:415; La sirène des tropiques (1927) DVD 4050; La revue des revues (1927) DVD 9107

Bauhaus - The Hunger (1983) DVD X3019

The Beastie Boys - Tougher Than Leather (1988) vhs 999:3175

Harry Belafonte - Bobby (2006) DVD 7463; Swing Vote (1999) DVD X854; Kansas City (1996)DVD X2140; vhs 999:2090; The Angel Levine (1970) vhs 999:2625; Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) DVD 2229

Tony Bennett - Simpsons (TV, episode: Dancin' Homer) DVD 1259

Bjork - Dancer in the Dark (200) DVD 1087

Fortunio Bonanova (Josep Lluís Moll) - An Affair to Remember (1957) DVD 1650; Kiss Me Deadly (1955) DVD 1077; vhs 999:146; Nancy Goes to Rio (1950) DVD 9892; Whirlpool (1950) DVD 4410; Going My Way (1944) DVD 679; Double Indemnity (1944) DVD 26; Five Graves to Cairo (1943) vhs 999:2705;

Blink 182 - American Pie (1999) DVD 2259

Sony Bono - Hairspray (1988) DVD 1575

Pat Boone - The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) DVD 6151; Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)DVD 4632

David Bowie - The Prestige (2006) DVD X3184; Basquiat (1996) DVD 5506; vhs 999:2138; The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) DVD 375; Absolute Beginners (1986) DVD X1850; The Hunger (1983) DVD X3019; Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) DVD X4796; The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) DVD 4449

Jon Brion - Boogie Nights (1997) DVD X1036

James Brown - Simpsons (TV, episodes: Old Money DVD 1259, Bart's Inner Child DVD 4290 ); Rocky IV (1985) DVD X1098; The Blues Brothers (1980) DVD 1563; Ski Party (1956) DVD 8377

Jimmy Buffet - Repo Man (1984) DVD 1129

David Byrne - True Stories (1986) 999:1081

Maria Callas - Medea (1997) DVD 5618; vhs 1062

Glen Campbell - True Grit (1969) DVD 8319

Mariah Carey - Precious (2009) DVD X2729; Civil Brand (2002) DVD X3358

Hoagy Carmichael - Young Man with a Horn (1950) DVD 8888; vhs 999:1751; The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) DVD 2865; vhs 999:114; To Have and Have Not (1944) DVD 9192

Diahann Carroll - Claudine (1974) DVD 3709

Johnny Cash - Simpsons (TV, episodes: El viaje Misterioso De Nuestro Jomer) DVD 6035

Nick Cave - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) DVD 9280; Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) (1987) (with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds) DVD 1726; vhs 999:342

Ray Charles - The Blues Brothers (1980) DVD 1563

Cher - Burlesque (2010) DVD X5370; Moonstruck (1987) DVD X367; vhs 999:1605; The Witches of Eastwick (1987) DVD X490; Silkwood (1983) DVD 8913

Circle Jerks - Repo Man DVD 1129

The Clash - King of Comedy (1983) DVD 3300; vhs 999:2678

Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come (1972) DVD 383; vhs 999:814

Rosemary Clooney - White Christmas (1954) DVD 6757; Deep in My Heart (1954) DVD 9895; vhs 999:3869

Harry Connick, Jr. - Independence Day (1996); Copycat (1995) DVD 1012

Jarvis Cocker (Radiohead) - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)DVD 5287

Coldplay - Shaun of the Dead DVD 7578

Nat "King" Cole - Cat Ballou (1965) DVD X857; Pin Up Girl (1944) (uncredited: canteen pianist) DVD 5406; Citizen Kane (1941) (uncredited: pianist in 'El Rancho') DVD 852; vhs 999:85

Common (Lonnie Rashid Lynn) - American Gangster (2007) DVD 9554

Alice Cooper - Wayne's World (1992) DVD 6237; Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) DVD 480

Elvis Costello - Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) DVD X845; No Surrender (UK, 1985) DVD X6537

Bing Crosby - Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) DVD 7900; High Society (1956) DVD 5716; The Country Girl (1954) DVD 5133; White Christmas (1954) DVD 6757; The Emperor Waltz (1948) DVD X3076; Road to Utopia (1946) DVD 7606; Going My Way (1944) DVD 679; Road to Morocco (1942) DVD X1028l vhs 999:2039; Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) DVD; X3453; Road to Zanzibar (1941) DVD X1031; Road to Singapore (1940) DVD X1030; Rhythm on the Range (1936) vhs 999:3857

David Crosby - Simpsons (TV, episodes: Marge in Chains DVD 2882; Homer's Barbershop Quartet DVD 4290)

Cyprus Hill - Simpsons (TV, episode: Homerpalooza) DVD 4864

Billy Ray Cyrus - Mulholland Drive (2001) DVD 1349

Da Brat - Precious (2009) DVD X2729; Civil Brand (2002) DVD X3358

Roger Daltrey - The Beggar's Opera (1983) (TV) vhs Video/C 1755; Comedy of Errors (1983) DVD 587; Tommy (1975) DVD 5708

Bobby Darin - State Fair (1945) DVD 813

Ray Davies - Absolute Beginners (1986) DVD X1850

Sammy Davis Jr. - Diamonds Are Forever (1971) (uncredited) DVD 6724; Sweet Charity (1968) DVD 5724; vhs 999:2030; Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) DVD 7900; Ocean's 11 (1960) DVD 7899

Otis Day and The Knights - Animal House (1978) DVD 1874

Fats Domino - The Girl Can't Help It (1956) DVD 4124

Doris Day - The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) DVD 1036; Storm Warning (1951) DVD X201; Young Man with a Horn (1950) DVD 8888 SEE ALSO:Musicals

Bob Dylan - Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) DVD 5017; vhs 999:917

Dr. Dre - The Wash (2570) DVD 911

Eminem - 8 Mile (2002) DVD 1582

Marianne Faithful - Marie Antoinette (2006) DVD 7450; Paris, je t'aime (2006) DVD 8839; Lucifer Rising (1972) (uncredited) DVD 8527; Hamlet (1969)vhs 1819

Wilhelmenia Fernandez - Diva (1981) DVD 697; vhs 999:2953

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - Psycho (1998) DVD X421; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) DVD 508; The Big Lebowski (1998) DVD 2062; My Own Private Idaho (1991) DVD 8065; Back to the Future Part III (1990) DVD 4291; Back to the Future Part II (1989)DVD 4291; Less Than Zero (1987) DVD 4066

Peter Frampton - Simpsons (TV, episode: Homerpalooza) DVD 4864

Aretha Franklin - The Blues Brothers (1980) DVD 1563

Art Garfunkel - Carnal Knowledge (1971); Catch 22 (1970) DVD 8661; vhs 999:1305; Bad timing (1960) DVD 6662

Judy Garland - Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) DVD 3162; vhs 999:1040; The Clock (1945) vhs 999:3662; SEE ALSO:Musicals

Gogol Bordello (band) Everything Is Illuminated (2005) DVD 5327

Robert Goulet - Simpsons (TV, episode: $pringfield) DVD 4290; Scrooged! (1988) DVD 4540; vhs 999:1526;

Macy Gray - For Colored Girls (2010) DVD X5304

Guns N' Roses - The Dead Pool (1988) DVD 9855

Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant (1969) DVD 512

Buddy Guy - In the Electric Mist (Dans la brume électrique) (USA / France, 2009) DVD X2492

M.C. Hammer - Last Action Hero DVD X863

George Harrison - Simpsons (TV, episode: Homer's Barbershop Quartet) DVD 4290

Deborah Harry - The Fluffer (2001) DVD 3760; Hairspray (1988) DVD 1575; Videodrome (1983) DVD 3042; vhs 999:829

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Mystery Train (1989) DVD 420

Levon Helm - In the Electric Mist (Dans la brume électrique) (USA / France, 2009) DVD X2492; The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) DVD 8428; The Right Stuff (1983) DVD 6119; Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) DVD 2865

Taral Hicks - Belly (1998) DVD X6390

John Lee Hooker - The Blues Brothers (1980) DVD 1563

Lena Horne - Stormy Weather (1943) DVD 4795; vhs 999:355; Cabin in the Sky (1943) DVD 5684; vhs 999:357; The Duke Is Tops (1938) DVD x29; vhs 999:1168 SEE ALSO Musicals

Jennifer Hudson - Secret Life of Bees (2008) DVD X1107; Sex and the City (2008) DVD X217; Dreamgirls (2006) DVD 7816;

Ice Cube - Barbershop (2002) DVD 1521; All About the Benjamins (2002) DVD 5698; Ghosts of Mars (2001) DVD X3100; Three Kings (1999) DVD 573; The Players Club (1998) DVD 4496; Friday (1995) DVD 8974; Higher Learning (1995) DVD 3678; Boyz N The Hood (1991) DVD 182

Ice-T - Leprechaun in the Hood (1999) DVD X2284; Johnny Mnemonic (1995) DVD 9089; New Jack City (1991) DVD X880

Billy Idol - The Doors (1991) DVD 770

Chris Isaak - Little Buddha (1993) DVD 2691; The Silence of the Lambs (1991) DVD 5475; vhs 999:1998; Married to the Mob (1988) DVD 1691

Janet Jackson - Poetic Justice (1993) DVD 7394; vhs 999:2814

Michael Jackson - Poetic Justice (1993) DVD 7394; vhs 999:2814; Simpsons (TV, episode: Stark Raving Dad) DVD 1844

Mick Jagger - Bent (1997) DVD 1719; Freejack (1992) DVD 7520; Performance (1970) DVD 7354; vhs 999:3010

Jewel (Kilcher) - Ride with the Devil (1999) DVD 1157

David Johansen (NY Dolls, Buster Poindexter) - Freejack (1992) DVD 7520; Scrooged! (1988) DVD 4540; vhs 999:1526

Elton John - Simpsons (TV, episodes: I'm with Cupid) DVD 8297; Tommy (1975) DVD 5708; vhs 999:1483

Al Jolson - Wonder Bar (1934) DVD X1963; Hallelujah I'm a Bum (1933) DVD 1766; vhs 999:2050; The Jazz Singer (1927) DVD 8594; vhs 999:790

Nassir "Nas" Jones - Belly (1998) DVD X6390

Tom Jones - Simpsons (TV, episode: Marge Gets a Job) DVD 2882; Mars Attacks! (1996) DVD 1013

Chaka Khan - Blues Brothers (1980) DVD 1563

Laine Kazan - My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) DVD 1564; What's Cooking? (2000) DVD 1622; Permanent Midnight (1998) (uncredited) DVD 9086

Alicia Keys - The Secret Life of Bees (2008) DVD X1107

Kid Rock - Simpsons (TV, episode: Kill the Alligator and Run) DVD X420

Beyoncé Knowles - Cadillac Records (2008) DVD X1451; Dreamgirls (2006) DVD 7816; Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) DVD X846; Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001) DVD 1291

Lennie Kravitz - Precious (2009) DVD X2729; Civil Brand (2002) DVD X3358

Kris Kristofferson - Planet of the Apes (2001) DVD 943; Blade (1998) vhs 999:2119; Lone Star (1996) DVD 2519; vhs 999:1660; Heaven's Gate (1980) DVD 4683; Semi-Tough (1977) DVD 2279; Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) DVD 2857; Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) DVD 5017

Lady Gaga - Simpsons (TV, episodes: I'm with Cupid) DVD 8297

Queen Latifah - The Secret Life of Bees (2008) DVD X1107; Hairspray (2007) DVD 8672; Stranger Than Fiction (2006) DVD 9053; Chicago (2002) DVD 1850

Cyndi Lauper - Simpsons (TV, episode: Wild Barts Can Be Broken) DVD 8297

Steve Lawrence - Blues Brothers (1980) DVD 1563

John Lennon - How I Won the War (1967) vhs 999:2919

Oscar Levant - The Band Wagon (1953)DVD 3558; vhs 999:213; An American in Paris (1951)DVD 1432; vhs 999:26; The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) DVD 4256; Humoresque (1946) DVD 4049; vhs 999:1228 999:919

Jerry Lee Lewis - High School Confidential (1958) DVD X889

Huey Lewis - Short Cuts (1993) DVD 3629; Back to the Future DVD 4292

Little Richard - Don't Knock the Rock (1957) DVD 7289; The Girl Can't Help It (1956) DVD 4124

LL Cool J - Deliver Us from Eva (2003) DVD 9876; Any Given Sunday (1999) DVD 768

Jennifer Lopez - Maid in Manhattan (2002) DVD 2885; Selena (1997) DVD X401; My Family (Mi Familia) (1995) DVD 7685; vhs 999:1448

Trini Lopez - The Dirty Dozen (1967) DVD 5651; vhs 999:783

Courtney Love - Basquiat (1996) DVD 5506; vhs 999:2138; The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) DVD 607; Sid and Nancy (1986) DVD X4363; vhs 999:2772

Lyle Lovett - Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) DVD X829; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) DVD 508; Short Cuts (1993) DVD 3629; vhs 999:1372; The Player (1992) DVD 5519; vhs 999:2083

Lovin' Spoonful - What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) vhs 999:933

Ludacris (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) Hustle & Flow (2005) DVD 4985; Crash (2004) DVD 4298

John Lurie - Wild at Heart (1990) DVD X67; The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) DVD 375; vhs 999:1634; Down by Law (1986)Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)DVD 7562; Paris, Texas (1984) DVD 3374; vhs 999:257

Meat Loaf - Fight Club (1999) DVD 219; The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) DVD 5692; vhs 999:1002

Courtney Love - The People vs. Larry Flynt (1997) DVD 607; Basquiat (1996)DVD 5506; Sid and Nancy (1986) DVD X4363

Madonna - Die Another Day (2002) DVD 3532; Evita (1996) DVD 2675; Girl 6 (1996) DVD 5251; vhs 999:3013; A League of Their Own (1992) DVD 2265; Shadows and Fog (1992) DVD 733; Dick Tracy (1990) DVD X1906, vhs 999:1144; Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) DVD 7562

Aimee Mann - The Big Lebowski (1998) DVD 2062

Marilyn Manson - Party Monster (1997) DVD 5114; Lost Highway (1996) DVD 3916; vhs 999:2226

Dean Martin - Airport (1970) DVD 4630; Marriage on the Rocks (1965) DVD X1495; Kiss me, stupid (1964) DVD 1762; 4 for Texas (1963) DVD 7901; Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) DVD 7900; Ocean's 11 (1960) DVD 7899; Bells Are Ringing (1960) DVD 3648; Rio Bravo (1959) DVD 4270; vhs 999:515; Some Came Running (1958) DVD X1494; vhs 999:3716

Paul McCartney - Simpsons (TV, episode: Lisa the Vegetarian) DVD 4864

Maureen McGovern - Airplane! (1980) DVD 4976

Ethel Merman - Airplane! (1980) DVD 4976

Bette Midler - The Women (2008) DVD X877; Get Shorty (1995) (uncredited) DVD 8973; vhs 999:1557; Scenes from a Mall (1991) DVD 2715; Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) DVD 6065; Simpsons (TV, episode: Whacking Day DVD 2882; Krusty Gets Cancelled) DVD 2882

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Clueless (1995) DVD 979; vhs 999:1403

Zoot Money - Absolute Beginners (1986) DVD X1850

Yves Montand - Manon des sources (1986) DVD 516; vhs 999:384; Jean de Florette (1986) DVD 514; vhs 999:383; État de siège (State of Seige) (1972) vhs 999:3237; Tout va bien (1972) DVD 3549; vhs 999:2176; On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) DVD 3587; My Geisha (1962) DVD 6811; vhs 999:1352; Le cercle rouge (1970) DVD 2201; Z (1969) DVD 5533; vhs 999:548; Grand Prix (1966) vhs 999:3604; La guerre est finie (1966) DVD 5935; vhs 999:2013; Le salaire de la peur (Wages of Fear) (1953) DVD 431; vhs 999:683

The Moody Blues - Simpsons (TV, episode: Viva Ned Flanders) DVD 8297

Alanis Morissette - Dogma (1999) DVD 741

Mos Def - Be Kind Rewind (2008) DVD X3751; Cadillac Records (2008) DVD X1451; The Italian Job (2003) DVD X3795; Civil Brand (2002)DVD X3358; Monster's Ball (2001); Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001) DVD 1291; Bamboozled (2000) DVD 739

Rick(y) Nelson - The Shootist (1976) (uncredited) DVD 8321; vhs 999:915; Rio Bravo (1959) DVD 4270; vhs 999:515

Willie Nelson - Wag The Dog (1998) DVD X1821; vhs 999:1995

Wayne Newton - Ocean's Eleven (2001) DVD 5771; Licence to Kill (1989) DVD 6790

Will Oldham - Julien Donkey-Boy (1999) (uncredited) DVD 2577; Matewan (1987) DVD 3720; vhs 999:508

Dolly Parton - Simpsons (TV, episode: Sunday, Cruddy Sunday) DVD 8297; Nine to Five (1980)

Jan Peerce - Goodbye, Columbus (1997) DVD 8370; vhs 999:2403

Tom Petty- The Postman (1997) DVD 6102

Iggy Pop - Dead Man (1995) DVD 963; Tank Girl (1995) DVD 920; Sid and Nancy (1986) vhs 999:2772

Oingo Boingo - Forbidden Zone (1982) DVD X954

Bijou Phillips - Dark Streets (2008) DVD X1731

The Plimsouls - Valley Girl (1983) DVD 1811

Elvis Presley - SEE Musicals

RZA (Robert Fitzgerald Diggs) (Wu-Tang Clan) - American Gangster (2007) DVD 9554

The Ramones - Simpsons (TV, episodes: Old Money DVD 1259; Rosebud DVD 4290 ) Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) DVD 912

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Simpsons (TV, episode: Krusty gets Kancelled) DVD 2882

R.E.M. - Simpsons (TV, episode: Homer the Moe) DVD X4539

Paul Robeson - Native Land (1942) (voice) DVD 7283; vhs 7026; Jericho (1937) DVD 7282; King Solomon's Mines (1937) DVD 9661; vhs 999:3868; Big Fella (1937) DVD 167; Song of Freedom (1936) DVD 167; vhs 999:1226; Show Boat (1936) vhs 999:3206; Sanders of the River (1935) DVD 7282; The Emperor Jones (1933) Borderline (1930)DVD 7280; vhs 999:200; Body and Soul (1925) DVD 7281; vhs 999:534

Henry Rollins - Lost Highway (1997) DVD 3916; vhs 999:2226; Johnny Mnemonic (1995) DVD 9089; vhs 999:1518

Linda Ronstadt - Simpsons (TV, episode: Mr. Plow) DVD 2882

Diana Ross - Lady Sings the Blues (1972) DVD 4819

Run DMC - Tougher Than Leather (1988) vhs 999:3175

Sade - Absolute Beginners (1986) DVD X1850

Tupac Shakur - Gridlock'd (1997) DVD X2998; Above the Rim (1994) DVD 5715 ; Poetic Justice (1993) DVD 7394; vhs 999:2814; Juice (1992) vhs 999:2422

Paul Simon - Annie Hall (1977) DVD 56; vhs 999:263

Earl "DMX" Simmons - Belly (1998) DVD X6390

Frank Sinatra - None But the Brave (1965) DVD X1496; Marriage on the Rocks (1965) DVD X1495; Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) DVD 7900; 4 for Texas (1963) DVD 7901; Ocean's 11 (1960) DVD 7899; Never So Few (1959) DVD 5088; Some Came Running (1958) DVD X1494; vhs 999:3716; Suddenly (1954) DVD 3906; vhs 999:2866; From Here to Eternity (1953)DVD 1918; vhs 999:988; The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) DVD 4148; vhs 999:428; The Manchurian Candidate (1962) DVD 1078; vhs 999:406

The Smashing Pumpkins - Simpsons (TV, episode: Homerpalooza) DVD 4864

Clifford "Method Man" Smith - Belly (1998) DVD X6390

Will Smith - Hancock (2008) DVD X5324; I Am Legend (2007) DVD 9599; The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) DVD 7355; I, Robot (2004) DVD 4721; Ali (2001); Men in Black (1997) DVD 7361; vhs 999:3055; Independence Day (1996) DVD 1012; Six Degrees of Separation (1993) vhs 999:1485

Snoop Dogg - Baby Boy (2001) DVD 911; The Wash (2570) DVD 911; Tha Eastsidaz (2000) DVD X4876; vhs 999:2811; Bones (1988) DVD X2280;

Sonic Youth - Simpsons (TV, episode: Homerpalooza) DVD 4864

Britney Spears - Simpsons (TV, episode: The Mansion Family) DVD X420

Bruce Springsteen High Fidelity (2000) DVD 5790

Ringo Starr - Simpsons (TV, episodes: Old Money; Brush with Greatness) DVD 1259

Gwen Stefani - The Aviator (2004) DVD 3996

Sting - Simpsons (TV, episode: Radio Bart) DVD 1844; The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988); The Bride (1985) Dune (1984) DVD 8111; Quadrophenia (1979) DVD 1594

Barbra Streisand - Nuts (1987) DVD X2512; Yentl (1983)DVD X4255; vhs 999:2451; The Way We Were (1973) DVD 4570; SEE ALSO:Musicals

Joe Strummer - Mystery Train (1989) DVD 420; King of Comedy (1982) DVD 3300; vhs 999:2678

T.I. (Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.) - American Gangster (2007) DVD 9554

James Taylor - Simpsons (TV, episode: Deep Space Homer) DVD 4290; Two Lane Blacktop (1971) DVD 9327; vhs 999:2344

T.I. - American Gangster (2007) DVD 9554

Justin Timberlake - The Social Network (2010) DVD X5104

Tina Turner - Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985) vhs 999:3153; Tommy (1975) DVD 5708; vhs 999:1483

Tyrin Turner - Belly (1998) DVD X6390

Shania Twain - I [Heart] Huckabees (2004) DVD 6612

Twisted Sister - Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985) DVD 9938

Steven Tyler - Cradle Will Rock (1999)DVD 281

U2 - Simpsons (TV, episode: Trash of the Titans) DVD 6797

Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter (2010) DVD X5642; The Departed (2006) DVD 7296; I Heart Huckabees (2004) DVD 6612; Planet of the Apes (2001) DVD 943; Three Kings (1999) DVD 573; Boogie Nights (1997)DVD X1036; The Basketball Diaries (1995) DVD 5979

Tom Waits - The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) DVD X3375; Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)DVD 2984; Short Cuts (1993) DVD 3629; Dracula (1992) DVD 8525; At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991) vhs 999:1367; The Fisher King (1991) (uncredited) DVD 989; Mystery Train (1989) DVD 420; Down by Law (1986) DVD 2760; vhs 999:1915; The Cotton Club (1984) DVD 788; vhs 999:2852; The Outsiders (1983) DVD 8737

Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins - Belly (1998) DVD X6390

Barry White - Simpsons (TV, episode: Whacking Day DVD 2882; Krusty Gets Cancelled) DVD 2882

Jack White (The White Stripes) - Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) DVD X829; Cold Mountain (2003) DVD 2777

The Who - Simpsons (TV, episodes: A Tale of Two Springfields) DVD X2162

Hank Williams, Jr. - Simpsons (TV, episode: Screaming Yellow Honkers) DVD 8297

"Weird Al" Yankovic - The Naked Gun 2˝: The Smell of Fear (1991) DVD X856; vhs 999:2742; The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) DVD X856; vhs 999:2741

Yardbirds - Blowup (1966) DVD 2213; vhs 999:75

Yo Lo Tengo - I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) DVD 8552; vhs 999:1600

Dwight Yoakam - The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) DVD 8428; Sling Blade (1996) DVD 2325

ZZ Top - Back to the Future III (1990) DVD 4292; vhs 999:968

Jazz Musicians and Bands

Ernestine Anderson - Murder at the Vanities (1934) DVD X1621

Louis Armstrong - The Five Pennies (1959) vhs 999:3842; High Society (1956) DVD 5716; The Glenn Miller Story (1953) DVD X3477; vhs 999:846; Young Man with a Horn (1950)(uncredited) DVD 8888; New Orleans (1947) DVD 1094; Cabin in the Sky (1943) DVD 5684; I'll be glad when you're dead you rascal you (Betty Boop cartoon) (1932) DVD 6706; vhs 999:754

Terence Blanchard - Malcolm X (1992) DVD 148; vhs 999:769

Dave Brubeck - All Night Long (1962) DVD 9829

Don Byron - Kansas City (1995) DVD X2140; vhs 999:2090

Cab Calloway - The Cincinnati Kid (1965) DVD 5089; Hi De Ho (1947) vhs 999:426; Stormy Weather (1943) DVD 4795; vhs 999:355' The Old Man of the Mountain (Betty Boop cartoon, 1933) DVD 6706; vhs 999:754

Benny Carter - The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) (uncredited) DVD 6825

Ron Carter - - Kansas City (1995) DVD X2140; vhs 999:2090; 'Round Midnight (1986) DVD 605

The Chico Hamilton Quintet - Sweet Smell of Success (1957) DVD 1883; vhs 999:2262

Conte Candoli - Mulholland Dr. (2001) DVD 1349

Nat "King" Cole - Cat Ballou (1965) DVD X857; Pin Up Girl (1944) (uncredited: canteen pianist) DVD 5406; Citizen Kane (1941) (uncredited: pianist in 'El Rancho') DVD 852; vhs 999:85

Harry Connick, Jr. - Independence Day (1996) DVD 1012; Copycat (1995) DVD 5072

Count Basie and his Orchestra - Blazing Saddles (1974) DVD 891

"Big Sid" Catlett - Boy! What a Girl! (1947)vhs 999:1147

John (Johnny) Dankworth - All Night Long (1962) DVD 9829

Miles Davis - Scrooged! (1988) DVD 4540; vhs 999:1526; Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968) (uncredited) DVD 9097

Duke Ellington - Anatomy of a Murder (1959) (uncredited) DVD X915; vhs 999:1034; Murder at the Vanities (1934) DVD X1621; Check and Double Check (1930) vhs 999:793

Art Farmer - The Subterraneans (1960) DVD 2552; I Want to Live! (1958) DVD 1309

Benny Goodman Orchestra - Hollywood Hotel (1937) DVD X178

Dexter Gordon - 'Round Midnight (1986) DVD 605

Herbie Hancock - 'Round Midnight (1986) DVD 605

Billy Higgins - Eve's Bayou (1997) DVD X1041; vhs 999:2086

Billie Holiday - New Orleans (1947) DVD 1094

Lena Horne - Stormy Weather (1943) DVD 4795; vhs 999:355; Cabin in the Sky (1943) DVD 5684; The Duke Is Tops (1938) DVD x29; vhs 999:1168 SEE ALSO Musicals

Bobby Hutcherson - 'Round Midnight (1986) DVD 605

Louis Jordan - Beware (1946) DVD X4193

Gene Krupa - The Glenn Miller Story (1953) DVD X3477; Boy! What a Girl! (1947)vhs 999:1147; Ball of Fire (1941) vhs 999:3279

Abbey Lincoln - Mo' Better Blues (1990) DVD 581; vhs 999:2089; Nothin' But a Man (1964) DVD X1484; vhs 999:1080

Carmen McRae - The Subterraneans (1960) DVD 2552

Kevin Mahagony - Kansas City (1995) DVD X2140; vhs 999:2090

Shelly Manne - The Subterraneans (1960) DVD 2552; The Five Pennies (1959) vhs 999:3842; I Want to Live! (1958) DVD 1309

Branford Marsalis - Eve's Bayou (1997) DVD X1041; vhs 999:2086

Christian McBride - Kansas City (1995) DVD X2140; vhs 999:2090

John McLaughlin - 'Round Midnight (1986) DVD 605

Carmen McRae - The Subterraneans (1960) DVD 2552

Charles Mingus - All Night Long (1962) DVD 9829

Eddy Mitchell - 'Round Midnight (1986) DVD 605

Red Mitchell - The Subterraneans (1960) DVD 2552; I Want to Live! (1958) DVD 1309

Gerry Mulligan - The Subterraneans (1960) DVD 2552; Bells Are Ringing (1960) DVD 3648

David "Fathead" Newman - Kansas City (1995) DVD X2140; vhs 999:2090

Nicholas Payton - Kansas City (1995) DVD X2140; vhs 999:2090

André Previn - The Subterraneans (1960) DVD 2552

Joshua Redman - Kansas City (1995) DVD X2140; vhs 999:2090

Shorty Rogers - The Glass Wall (1953) DVD 3629; vhs 999:1372

Annie Ross - Short Cuts (1993) DVD X2720

David Sandborn - Scrooged! (1988) DVD 4540; vhs 999:1526

Bud Shank - The Subterraneans (1960) DVD 2552; I Want to Live! (1958) DVD 1309

Wayne Shorter - 'Round Midnight (1986) DVD 605

Slam Stewart - Boy! What a Girl! (1947)vhs 999:1147

Jack Teagarden - The Glass Wall (1953) DVD 3629; vhs 999:1372

Fats Waller - Stormy Weather (1943) DVD 4795; vhs 999:355

Ethel Waters - The Member of the Wedding (1952) vhs 999:380; Pinky (1949) DVD 5064; vhs 999:1043; Cabin in the Sky (1943) DVD 5684

Tony Williams - 'Round Midnight (1986) DVD 605
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