April 25, 2011 by Marcin.Wilczek
We all know that music can make or break the mood of a film. A good soundtrack can create an even greater immersion of the audience into the film, while a bad one can completely spoil the reception of the motion picture. What about films about music? Can they, in any way, influence the way we perceive the art they portray? I believe they can. And here’s the how and why to that question:
The most immersive soundtrack
The Mission (soundtrack by Ennio Moricone)
Morricone has always had the opinion of being one of the best soundtrack composers in the movie business. He is responsible for the musical background to such classics as “The good, the bad and the ugly” or “The Untouchables”. Yet he outdid himself with the oboe music he composed for Roland Joffe’s epic masterpiece “The Mission”, where his music, supposed to play second violin to the beautiful scenery actually takes over its role.
The best biopic of a modern artist
I walk the line (Johnny Cash)
The art of the biopic is a rather hard piece of bread to win. After all, every musician successful enough to have a film made about his life has a great deal of fans and an equal number of enemies. A film about them is therefore open to scrutiny from both sides and rarely does it survive the onslaught of criticism from the lovers and haters of the artist in question. James Mangold’s movie manages not only to take arms against the sea of troubles but also successfully win the hearts of the movie going public. This is not only the work of the director – the artist in question, Johnny Cash, is also due a large amount of credit, as both his music and the tragic events in his life intertwine to deliver one major music/cinematic experience.
The best biopic of a classic artist
Amadeus (do I really have to name the artist here?)
Mozart was undoubtedly one of the greatest musicians ever to walk the face of the Earth. His compositional genius also places him in the pantheon of the greatest music writers of all time. But what was the man like outside of his music? Milos Forman attempts to answer this question by adapting a broadway tongue-in-cheek biography of the great composer and portraying him as the eighteenth century equivalent of a modern-day rock star. Does he succeed? Yes, but see for yourself:
(More elements will be added to this list in the coming week – in the meantime feel free to disagree in the comments)