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Films Featuring Musicians

by Plasquatch

Created 07/16/12

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NOTE: If I missed anyone, please let me know. I would like to make this list somewhat definitive. (I already noticed a couple I missed. I am no good at this. Please help.)

26 comments

  • By Drew Phillips
    July 19, 2012
    08:32 PM

    Also Z and Le cerle rouge. Yves Montand is a very celebrated singer
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  • By Collection
    July 26, 2012
    02:10 PM

    You had me stumped until I recalled Michel Legrand in Cléo from 5 to 7. Legrand plays Bob to Connie Marchand's Cléo a.k.a. "la Belle Putain." Indeed, you have succeeded in generating a very cool and comprehensive list. Cheers!
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    • By Collection
      July 26, 2012
      02:15 PM

      Just had an "Accidental Slip on an Oriental Rug." Correction: Cléo, "la Belle Putain," was played by Corinne Marchand not Connie.
  • By Quinn
    July 30, 2012
    11:54 AM

    Richard Rounseville (as Hoffmann) and Ann Ayars (as Antonia) sang their own parts in The Tales of Hoffmann.
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  • By endo
    August 28, 2012
    02:45 AM

    Fun list. Two more: Elevator to the Gallows has a great score from Miles Davis (he appears in the extras as well). The Music Room features some great Indian musicians of the time (1958).
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  • By Brown
    December 15, 2012
    04:27 PM

    Basil Dearden's All Night Long featuring Dave Brubeck, Johnny Dankworth, Tubby Hayes and Charles Mingus.
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  • By Eric Levy
    February 13, 2013
    11:42 AM

    Terrific list--very thorough. I can't think of any additions, but I can fill in a couple details: Frank Orrall of Poi Dog Pondering is also in the cast of SLACKER. And you can add Tom Waits as the DJ in MYSTERY TRAIN.
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    • By Eric Levy
      February 14, 2013
      06:01 AM

      Thought of a couple more: Jeff Daniels is a performing and recording musician as well as an actor, so he could be added for SOMETHING WILD. Robert Crumb is (or was) in the band the Cheap Suit Serenaders, so CRUMB could be added. And I just remembered that the Circle Jerks are in REPO MAN.
  • By Fairo
    July 23, 2013
    03:29 AM

    Les fantomes du chandelier. w/Aznavour Charles. (C.Chabrol)
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  • By Eric Levy
    March 01, 2014
    05:55 AM

    Thought of another one. Turns out Harry Dean Stanton is a musician as well as an actor. He sings a song on the PARIS, TEXAS soundtrack (though it doesn't appear in the film). And he sings three songs in COOL HAND LUKE. I don't think he's ever released an album, but there's a new documentary about him that apparently explores his music as well as his acting. For a complete list of his films on Criterion, you can check out my list. Also, since all of the actors wrote and sang their own songs in NASHVILLE, should that count?
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  • By Eric Levy
    March 01, 2014
    05:55 AM

    Thought of another one. Turns out Harry Dean Stanton is a musician as well as an actor. He sings a song on the PARIS, TEXAS soundtrack (though it doesn't appear in the film). And he sings three songs in COOL HAND LUKE. I don't think he's ever released an album, but there's a new documentary about him that apparently explores his music as well as his acting. For a complete list of his films on Criterion, you can check out my list. Also, since all of the actors wrote and sang their own songs in NASHVILLE, should that count?
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    • By Eric Levy
      March 01, 2014
      05:57 AM

      Oops. Sorry about that. Ignore my first post. (I'm still learning HTML--blush). The doc is called HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION. I don't think it's opened anywhere yet.
  • By Eric Levy
    March 04, 2014
    05:44 AM

    Thought of yet another one: Chicago harmonica player (and radio personality) Buzz Kilman is friends with Jonathan Demme and makes a cameo appearance in many of his films including THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.
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  • By Eric Levy
    March 18, 2014
    06:02 AM

    Now you can add A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. Apparently some old band is in it, though I've never heard of them.
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  • By BillyBreton
    March 19, 2014
    05:41 PM

    Don't forget Chris Isaac in Silence of the Lambs.
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  • By Eric Levy
    March 31, 2014
    04:19 AM

    Just remembered that Robert Mitchum recorded a few albums in the '50s which means THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER and FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE can be added if you like.
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  • By Eric Levy
    December 15, 2014
    05:33 AM

    Jason Schwartman does a voice in FANTASTIC MR. FOX too.
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  • By JohnnyC.
    December 20, 2014
    04:25 PM

    Also in A Hard Day's Night; Phil Collins is an extra in the theater.
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  • By Eric Levy
    February 09, 2015
    10:17 AM

    Just remembered Talking Heads percussionist Steve Scales is also in SOMETHING WILD.
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  • By Eric Levy
    February 18, 2015
    10:10 AM

    Hi again. Not sure if you're still updating this list, but if anyone is reading these comments, you can now add Bette Midler and Harry Dean Stanton for THE ROSE.
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  • By Eric Levy
    March 17, 2015
    09:35 AM

    And another: Tom Waits makes an appearance in THE FISHER KING.
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  • By Eric Levy
    June 13, 2015
    11:01 AM

    Nico has a supporting role in LA DOLCE VITA.
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  • By TruffautBergman
    June 13, 2015
    04:11 PM

    A Japanese actress named You from the film "Still Walking (2008)" was a singer in her early career; I hope that still counts.
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