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Sound & Motion Pictures: unexpected singing scenes

Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised by an unexpected singing scene in films that are not about singing at all. Usually it ends up being a feel-good moment, on occasions it turns out to be a remarkable bit of the film. Here’s my favorite ones:

1. Almost Famous – Tiny Dancer, cast + Elton John

Although the whole film is about music, the ensemble singing along with Elton John’s song on their way home is uplifting.

2. Ten Things I Hate About You – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Heath Ledger + Frankie Valli

Best way to apologise and win back the girl, it’s a tie with John Cusack holding a boombox under his girl’s window.

3. My Best Friend’s Wedding – I Say A Little Prayer, cast + Dionne Warwick

Effective way to tell a story and charm the audience with a classic song, plus Rupert Everett is at his best.

4. Young Frankenstein – Puttin’ On The Ritz, Gene Wilder + Irving Berlin

How would you present your recently-raised-from-the-dead creature to the wide world? With a vaudeville number, of course!

5. Muriel’s Wedding – Waterloo, Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths + Abba

Show the mean girls that you don’t care and sing some Abba!

6. The Fisher King – Lydia The Tattooed Lady, Robin Williams + Harold Arlen and Yip Armburg

A foolproof method to captivate a quirky girl’s attention is to sing a Groucho Marx’s song.

7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Space Oddity, Kristen Wiig + David Bowie

The confidence boost that an introverted needs: Kristen Wiig singing a Bowie’s song.

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The Madness of King George

Director: Nicholas Hytner, Main Cast: Nigel HawthorneHelen MirrenIan HolmRupert GravesRupert EverettJulian Wadham

For my regular dose of period drama I’ve watched this film again and it does not disappoint! Witty dialogues, lavish sets and costumes, engaging plot and brilliant actors, what more can one ask? The film tells the story of the first episode of “mental illness” of George III of England (suspected later by historians to be due to porphyria, a blood disorder). While the king slowly loses his marbles, we see how mister Pitt (the PM) and his political allies struggle to maintain a hold onto power and the Prince of Wales conspires with the leader of the opposition to promote a bill that nominates him Regent. The Queen has been forbidden to see her husband but manages to recommend a “specialist” in mental disorders to Mr. Pitt to help the King. Who finally recovers after months of “therapy” and retake is rightful place as the head of the state. Interesting parable about the perception of where the power is and where really lies.  Captivating–8/10

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