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Piano/ Music Movies? #1218681
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Hi, 3hearts it occured to me last night.
Why don't we share our favorite music-related-movie lists.
Let's put them in order you like better.

I am hoping to discover something I haven't seen yet.
As you can see from my list, my favorites are mostly about a pianist or a musician in general. Or even just a movie with a short moment of piano playing that you can't forget about.

Here goes my list. I hope you find something you want to watch this weekend.

#1. Shine (about a piano prodigy, based on real pianist, David Helfgott's life. Made Geoffrey Rush my favorite actor.)

#2. The Legend of 1900(a fiction about a piano prodigy that spent his whole life on a ship)

#3. Across The Universe (made of The Beatles cover songs only)

#4. Amadeus

#5. Vitus (about a child piano prodigy. Very good story)

#6. MR. HOLLAND´S OPUS

#7. The Piano (not my favorite, but the piano music is nice. Oh, and you don't want to watch this with your children. )

#8. Immortal Beloved (the movie was not very successful. it's about the later portion of Beethoven's life)

#9. Chopin-Desire for Love [the movie itself was a bomb, but you can see Chopin's(of course the actor's) piano playing]

#10. Corps Bride (Tim Burton's animated movie. There are couple of piano playing that I cannot forget about. I got the sheet music!)

#11. A room with a view (The girl plays Beethoven sonata in the rounge of that cozy hotel)

#12. I know I said "movies" but there is this Japanese comic/TV series called "Nodame Cantabile". I recently read the comic books and watched some YouTube videos (they have English subtitles). It's about Japanese young classical musicians. It was huge hit in Japan.






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Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: CoffeeLover] #1218701
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Shire has that wonderful Rach 3...But have only seen clips of the movie.

Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: Mark...] #1218750
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Great post.

I didn't see the Pianist on your list. That was an amazing movie.

I think I will check out the soundtrack to the Corpse Bride.
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Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: Mark...] #1218751
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Hi Mark-
You mean Shine, right? It is a great movie.
(Or, is there a movie called Shire that I don't know about?)
I've seen it many, many times, but I don't get tired of it.
I don't know if David's father character is based on fact, but he makes me so mad! The way he treats his children, especially how he ruined David's life! What a shame.

Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: Kymber] #1218755
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Hi, Kymber-

I have seen the Pianist just once, but forgot about it somehow. What's wrong with me! I should watch it again. I do remember the pianist playing amazing music in a half-destroyed building.

And there is another I forgot to mention. This goes between #2 and #3. "Once"

Thanks for your reply.

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Originally Posted by CoffeeLover
Hi Mark-
You mean Shine, right? It is a great movie.


yes..typo... crazy

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Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: CoffeeLover] #1218777
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Originally Posted by CoffeeLover
"Once"


OMG! I can't believe I forgot that one too. That has some really beautiful music in it.

In fact I wanted to buy that one.

Thanks for the reminder smile


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Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: Kymber] #1218781
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The Soloist was a very good movie too. Was just in the theater this Spring.


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Love the music from the movie "The Piano!"

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No surprise there huh. Love the movie too. Wish Holly Hunter would do another movie. Anna Pacquin was superb as well!


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Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: eweiss] #1218855
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Okay, these aren't all necessarily piano-focused, but among my favorite music-related movies (in no particular order) are:

The Last Waltz
Cadillac Records
The Committments
Ray
Amadeus

and, of course, the previously mentioned Shine and The Piano. I'm sure there are others...


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Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: Blues Babe] #1218861
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I enjoyed watching Cadillac Records, too.
I have to check out the Last Waltz and the Committments.
Thanks Blues Babe.

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CoffeeLover: The Last Waltz is Martin Scorcese's documentary about The Band and their farewell concert (San Francisco, 1976). The roster of performers (in addition to The Band) is staggering: Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Paul Butterfield, Dr. John, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Dylan, and Clapton, to name a few.

The Committments is a story about the trials and tribulations of an R&B band in Dublin whose favorite artist of all time is Wilson Pickett. Amen, brothers and sisters! grin


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BTW, Mr. Holland's Opus and The Pianist are faves of mine, too.


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Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: Blues Babe] #1218890
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Incredible list. Thanks for the reminder of some great movies - some of my favorites as well - and some forgotten that I may watch again. And some new to me too. Thanks again - some good movie watching ahead for the summer.

Dr. J - The More You Play The Better Your Day

PS - How about Billy Elliott? Great movie about a young dancer in Ireland but has lots of great music too.


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Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: Blues Babe] #1218891
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Blues Babe,
Sounds cool. My husband and I will surely enjoy those movies. He might have seen those, but I'll make him watch with me again.

Talking about Mr. Holland's Opus, I remember when the girl(the pretty one with very nice voice, sorry can't remember the name)sang "Someone who watch over me" on the stage at the audition for the school play. Wasn't that nice?

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Funny that you mentioned Billy Eliott. We just got it in the mail and going to watch it tonight!

I couldn't find information on "The More You Play The Better Your Day". What kind of movie is it?

Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: CoffeeLover] #1218897
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My favorite Coen Brothers movie is the hugely underrated The Man Who Wasn't There from 2001. Not only is there great music in the background (Archduke Trio, Beethoven sonatas 30, 25, pastorale, appassionata, etc.), but a very young Scarlet Johanson plays an amateur pianist working on the Pathetique.

In addition to all this, this black-and-white film noir tribute is haunting, strange, and mysterious. Recommended!


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Thanks! I will check it out.

Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: CoffeeLover] #1218912
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I am a big fan of Nodame Cantabile too. Glad to know there is another fan here. (They are making 2 more movies!)

There are a lot of soundtrack in piano I like. But Rachel Portman's work is my favorite at the moment. Her work from The Cider House Rules and The Lake House are on my current list. smile

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Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: Dr. J] #1218955
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Billy Elliott took place in WALES not in Ireland

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Hooray, Nodame Cantabile is in your list! The anime is what inspired me to take up piano smile (I've given up my dream of playing before). Actually, that's Nodame on my avatar grin


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Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: marimorimo] #1219011
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Speaking of anime; check out Piano No Mori. smile (translated as "Piano in the Forest" I think)

My siblings have been bugging me to watch Nodame Cantabile since I'm a huge classical music fan. Maybe its time to watch it no? laugh


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Originally Posted by Bluesman61
Billy Elliott took place in WALES not in Ireland


I'm pretty sure it was North East England... !

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How about this good musical thriller!
Being a lover of classical music and Hitchcock-like films, La Tourneuse de Pages (The Page Turner) had particular appeal.
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A film I enjoyed when first screened in 2006, and also several times later on DVD. A relatively simple script, convincingly presented by two excellent actresses, together with some fascinating detail which becomes more evident on the second and subsequent viewings.
A cool, gripping, elegant, thriller as the trailer announced.
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Originally Posted by LaValse
Originally Posted by Bluesman61
Billy Elliott took place in WALES not in Ireland


I'm pretty sure it was North East England... !


Correct. Billy Elliott was filmed in and around Easington colliery, County Durham in NE England.


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Dear Noah,
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Re: Piano/ Music Movies? [Re: Tweedpipe] #1219106
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Song without End - the story of Liszt with Dirk Bogarde
The Magic Bow - Paganini - with Stewart Granger
The Eddy Duchin Story - with Tyrone Power
The Benny Goodman Story - with Steve Allen
The fabulous Baker boys -Beau and Jeff Bridges
The fabulous Dorsey's
The Glen Miller Story - with Jimmy Stewart
Rapsody in Blue - with Robert Alda
Gene Krupa story - with Sal Mineo
The Lush Life - with Jeff Goldblume
Ray
Walk the Line
there was an old movie about Woody Guthrie staring Geo. Hamilton the name escapes me

There were also a few good made for TV movies whose names I can't remember. One staring Sybill Shepherd who has an autistic son with a monster talant for classical piano.

August Rush - very good about a young boy with a big talant

Just to name a few




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Thanks for your suggestions. I am searching for these movies to rent from Blockbuster online.

It seems that they don't have Song without End, but I searched for Liszt and found Liszt's Rhapsody.

The Magic Bow isn't there either. Blockbuster doesn't have everything, I know.

I just ordered most of your list. Thanks again.

I have seen August Rush! It is a must-see. The boy actor did good job on that electronic guitar, even though he was probably just pretending, wasn't he?

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Thanks!
La Tourneuse de Pages (The Page Turner) reminds me of a Japanese detective TV series called Furuhata Ninjyaburo.
I can just smell jealousy and desire for a murder. Can't wait to see it.

marimorimo-
Nodame made me go back to Bach and learn piano in hard way. Good luck! I strongly recommend Bach Invention to begin with, if you haven't yet.

sonny_soniel-
Darn it, Blockbuster doesn't have Piano no Mori either. Can't believe I haven't heard of it before. Thank you so much. My husband and I are getting tired of Blockbuster online anyway, especially about their changing rules without notice. I'll check with Netflix later. I know they have a better selection. The quality of the service was the reason we quit and went to Blockbusters 2 years ago. It seems to me that service everywhere is getting worse and worse.

landorrano-
Thanks for recommending "This is Spinal Tap". We just ordered it.

Thanks everyone!

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Oooh -- one more great film I just thought of: Tom Dowd and the Language of Music. Fascinating documentary about the legendary recording engineer/producer for artists as diverse as Aretha, Otis Redding, Dizzy Gillespie, Susan Tedeschi, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tito Puente, The Allman Brothers Band and Dusty Springfield, just to name a few! Tom won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 2002. Sadly, he passed away later that same year. The DVD is available thru Netflix.


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