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Sound & Motion Pictures: impromptu dance scenes

When you hear certain songs you just can’t help yourself: you must dance! These are funny, contagious dance scenes that happen rather unexpectedly and it’s impossible not to related to the characters. Music from the late seventies and early eighties gets the lion share, these are some memorable dance tunes used in many films.

Love Actually – Jump (For My Love), The Pointer Sisters (1983)

British Prime Minister blows off some steam when a great song comes on the radio (and the deejay dedicates it to him)

Los Amantes Pasajeros – I’m So Exited, The Pointer Sisters (1982)

Three flight assistants entertain the worried business class passengers dancing and lip-synching with hilarious results.

In & Out – I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor (1978)

Real men don’t dance… or so the self-help audio book “How to be a man” wants us to believe. Kevin Kline will prove it wrong.

Risky Business –  Old Time Rock And Roll, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet (1978)

When the cat is away… iconic scene from the film that launched Tom Cruise’s career.

Full Monty – Hot Stuff, Donna Summer (1979)

Rehearsing their dancing routine while waiting in the unemployment line: priceless!

The Big Chill – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, The Temptations (1966)

Tidying up after dinner with your friends looks like fun.


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Sound & Motion Pictures: opening credits

I asked myself: self, what’s the best way to start a new series about great music and films? Well, to begin at the beginning… with amazing combinations of songs and opening credits. This is not meant to be a top ten, just ten of my favorite opening credits (the ones I manage to find on youtube, alas From Dusk Till Dawn title scene with the great sound of Dark Night is not there!). Some films use songs that were already famous, others made the song known to a bigger audience and, in a few cases, the combination is iconic, so much that it has been quoted, spoofed and imitated in later films, TV-shows and commercials.

1. Reservoir Dogs – Little Green Bag, George Baker Selection (1970)

After an opening scene that introduces the main characters and Tarantino’s trademark penchant for verbal incontinence and silly topics, we get this:

2. The Big Chill – Heard It Through the Grapevine, Marvin Gaye (1968)

Main characters introduction while the stirring voice of Marvin Gaye sets the mood:

3. Easy Rider – BornTo Be wild, Steppenwolf (1968)

Ultimate badasses… no more comments needed:

4. RocknRolla – I’m a Man, Black Strobe (2007)

Modern badass with the plus of Mark Strong’s heavily accented voice-over:

5. The Departed – I’m Shipping Up To Boston, Dropkicks Murphys (2005)

Celtic punk and American-Irish underworld… match made in heaven:

6. Watchmen – The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan (1964)

Visually stunning and an amazing prologue:

7. Shrek – All Star, Smash Mouth (1999)

Irreverent and energising:

8. Guardians of the Galaxy – Come and Get Your Love, Redbone (1974)

Lip-synching using an alien-rat as microphone… this will be remembered for a while:

9. Dirty Dancing – Be My Baby, The Ronettes (1963)

Just tidbits of what’s to come: music and dancing!

10. Juno – All I Want Is You, Barry Louis Polisar (1977)

Half fairy tale style, half everyday life, it sets the pace well:



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