Songs and Scenes: Matches Made in Heaven

by robinhardwick

The Unwatchables


The following is an excerpt from an expanded piece based on my previous post about film scenes with memorable songs.

A song that contains great films is nice, but having the right great songs is what makes a film brilliant. Some films are known mostly by their soundtracks (Empire Records, New Jack City, City of Angels), which are often a collection of songs picked by the producer for mutual marketing purposes and are minimally heard in the film as playing in a car passing by or in the background of a bar/restaurant scene. The filmmaker who can pick a specific song out of a catalog of literally millions of existing songs to fit a scene is the brilliant film maker. When this match succeeds, the song will take on new meaning for the viewer and forever be associated with the scene.

There are plenty of well-known song/scene examples…

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