Music and film can be the most wonderful of pairs. Sometimes it may not make sense chronologically, but damn if there aren’t some films where the mismatched eras combine into something awesome. Here are some of my favorites.
C’mon, how could you not love Burt Bacharach’s deliciously 1960s musical accompaniment to one of the coolest westerns ever made? Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head may be what comes to mind for most, but it’s the South American getaway music that gets my cool sensors tingling.
4. The Sting
Yea yea, another George Roy Hill film. This time around he uses Scott Joplin’s turn of the century ragtime music to evoke the 1930s gangster era, and it does so gloriously.
It feels a little weird to include a musical on a list like this, because it’s just the nature of the genre to have anachronistic music. But screw it, I love Moulin Rouge. The whole film is just spectacular, but the first time we’re introduced to the Moulin Rouge still stands as one of the most engrossing film moments I’ve ever experienced.
The third film from indy marvel John Sayles may be a tad uneven and melodramatic, but damn if it doesn’t have one hell of a character introduction. The Sheik’s entrance to the beat of Bruce Springsteen’s It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City just oozes cool and speaks to the timeless voice of the boss himself. We couldn’t find a video clip online, so here’s a rockin’ live version from 1975.
I’m not sure there’s anyone else out there with the ability to combine such randomly awesome music with brilliant images the way Tarantino does. The first time I saw this scene I almost couldn’t believe my eyes and ears..David Bowie..Nazis..pure genius.