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Music Films

Since the days of silent film, music has provided the emotional content and commentary for the scene on the screen. The villain gets the low, sinister horns; the orchestral strings swell as the young lovers run to embrace each other, and when someone loses control or goes on a rampage, it's invariably driving hard rock that threatens to drown out the action. There's also the long tradition of the musical film, where a guy can suddenly jump up on a resturant table, start singing about his lady fair, dance down the street and have everyone who sees him join right in. But there's another kind of film. Films that are so intimately intertwined with their soundtracks, that rely so heavily upon them, that the music itself takes the main stage and the picture becomes almost secondary. Many of the soundtracks for the films in this collection have either had their own lives separate from the film such as The Wall, which was turned into a film after the album's initial success, or A Hard Day's Night which was recorded as a soundtrack to the film, though the songs only relate loosely to the storyline. And now, indie rockers Califone have scored the companion film to their latest album All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, which has played at Sundance and SXSW. The band also plans on performing the soundtrack live to accompany the film (that is, when they're not touring with Wilco). Check out these rising stars and other classic music films below!


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All My Friends Are Funeral Singers

$24.95 | 84 minutes

Zel is a fortune teller. She works out of her century-old house removing clients' aches and pains, advising gamblers, and channeling cranky spirits for a quick check in with their loved ones. Zel is very good at her chosen profession, but also receives some unique assistance. For as long as she can remember she has shared her home with…

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Pink Floyd - The Wall

$16.95 | 83 minutes

Loosely based on the life story of Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd's original front man (who was kicked out of the band for his bizarre and disturbing behavior only to go insane shortly thereafter), PINK FLOYD: THE WALL stars Bob Geldof as Pink, a mentally damaged man who has gone from a hopeful child artist to a burned-out rock star drifting…

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Across the Universe

$7.95 | 133 minutes

The Beatles' songs may have provided the soundtrack for the lives of those coming of age in the 1960s, but their extensive catalogue acts as the literal soundtrack in this romantic musical from visionary director Julie Taymor. Newcomer Jim Sturgess stars as Jude, a young man working on the docks in Liverpool. Eager to escape, he travels…

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I'm Not There

$11.95 | 135 minutes

Todd Haynes (VELVET GOLDMINE, FAR FROM HEAVEN) delivers this dazzling, experimental take on the life of popular music's most revered and enigmatic artist: Bob Dylan. In keeping with the impossible-to-pin-down nature of Dylan himself, Haynes chose to cast six different actors to portray several incarnations of the groundbreaking troubadour…

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Mamma Mia!

$10.95 | 109 minutes

After its run as a West End hit in London, MAMMA MIA became a Broadway smash when it opened in New York back in 2001. With a story framed around the music of the Swedish pop band Abba, crowds loved its raucous, dance party vibe. Now it comes to the silver screen, with some truly delightful performances from the likes of Meryl Streep and…

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The Blues Brothers

$11.95 | 281 minutes

In this classic comedy-musical, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi star as Jake and Elwood Blues, white rhythm-and-blues musicians who are on a mission from God: to raise $5,000 for the orphanage where they grew up before it is closed for failure to pay back taxes. In order to succeed, they must resurrect their band, the Blues Brothers, and…

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