CH. 02

Music & Cinema


The notion that sound relates to hearing while images are addressed to the eyes seems rather consensual, however the result of these relations turns out to be much more complex. The phenomenon of this intersection gained a different popularity after 1894, when William Kennedy Dickson (1860-1935) recorded the first sound experience reproduced in film. The music chosen for that inauguration belonged to an opera by Robert Planquette (1848-1903) and was entitled Song Of The Cabin Boy. In 1927, Alan Crosland (1894-1936) directed the film; The Jazz Singer and included, for the first time, a soundtrack synchronized with the movie’s images, debuting the era of sound film. Since then we have seen a constant renewal of experiences that cross sound with image or, more specifically, music with cinema. Composers such as Nino Rota (1911-1979), John Barry (1933-2011), Ennio Morricone (1928) or Burt Bacharach (1928) will always be remembered as ones who stood out as soundtrack composers of more or less well known films. This chapter of Clube da Esquina rounds up different approaches of music that intersects cinema, cinema that intersects music, or how music is thought in relation to cinema. The program is, therefore, a comeback to the term Audio-Vision. Thank you Michel Chion (1947).


  • Jeanne Moreau
    Un Entretien Avec Jeanne Moreau (8.50)
    Claude Coppens joue Erik Satie
  • Merry Clayton & Bernard Krause
    Performance (1.47)
    For the film Performance (1970)
    directed by Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg
  • Glenn Branca
    Augustus (1.36)
    For the film The Belly Of An Architect (1987)
    directed by Peter Greenaway
  • Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra
    Some Velvet Morning (3.45)
    In the film Morvern Callar (2002)
    directed by Lynne Ramsay
  • Rolling Stones
    Cocksucker Blues (3.32)
    In the film Cocksuckers Blues (1972)
    directed by Robert Frank
  • The Kinks
    Nothin’ In The World Can Stop Me
    Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl …
    In the film The American Friend (1977)
    directed by Wim Wenders
  • John Fahey
    Dance Of Death (7.39)
    In the film Zabriskie Point (1970)
    directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Johnny Mandel
    Suicide Is Painless (2.55)
    In the film MASH (1970)
    directed by Robert Altman
  • Elliott Smith
    Angeles (2.56)
    In the film Paranoid Park (2007)
    directed by Gus Van Sant
  • The Roots
    Act Won (Things Fall Apart) (0.54)
    Sample dialogue from the film
    Mo’ Better Blues (1990)
    directed by Spike Lee 
  • Tekitha
    Walking Through The Darkness (5.17)
    In the film Ghost Dog (1999)
    directed by Jim Jarmuch
  • Ronee Blakley
    Lightning Over Water (5.06)
    For the film Lightning Over Water (1980)
    directed by Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders
  • Kate Bush
    Hounds Of Love (3.03)
    Sample dialogue from the film
    Curse Of The Demons (1967)
    directed by Jacques Tourneur
  • Tom Tom Club
    Genius Of Love (5.34)
    In the film Shame (2011)
    directed by Steve McQueen
  • Liquid Liquid
    Cavern (5.21)
    In the film Downtown 81 (1981)
    directed by Edo Bertoglio
  • John Carpenter
    Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Title) (3.31)
    For the film Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)
    directed by John Carpenter
  • Para One
    Girlhood (2.25)
    For the film Girlhood (2014)
    directed by Céline Sciamma
  • Golpe De Estado
    Blade Runner.SNG (5.41)
    Sample dialogue from the film
    Blade Runner (1982)
    directed by Ridley Scott
  • DJ Shadow
    Stem (Cops And Robbers Mix) (3.46)
    Sample dialogue from the film Heat (1995)
    directed by Michael Mann
  • Henri Mancini
    Lujon (2.38)
    In the film Two Lovers (2009)
    directed by James Gray
  • Meredith Monk
    Do You Be (4.03)
    In the film Nouvelle Vague (1990)
    directed by Jean-Luc Godard
  • Gontiti
    Morning (Asa) (2.52)
    For the film Still Walking (2008)
    directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse
    Safeway Cart (6.32)
    In the film Beau travail (1999)
    directed by Claire Denis
  • Can
    Vitamin C (3.31)
    In the film Inherent Vice (2014)
    directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Frank Zappa
    Dirty Love (2.57)
    In the film The Ice Storm (1997)
    directed by Ang Lee
  • Harry Nilsson
    Coconut (3.48)
    In the film Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    directed by Quentin Tarantino
  • Jevetta Steele
    Calling You (5.20)
    In the film Bagdad Cafe (1987)
    directed by Percy Adlon
  • Miles Davis
    Au Bar Du Petit Bac (2.50)
    For the film Ascenseur Pour L’échafaud (1958)
    directed by Louis Malle
  • David Byrne
    The Great Western Road (4.43)
    For the film Young Adam (2003)
    directed by David Mackenzie
  • Stewart Copeland
    Motorboy’s Fate (2.06)
    For the film Rumble Fish (1983)
    directed by Francis Ford Copolla
  • Derek Jarman
    Ages & Aeons Quit the Room (1.47)
    For the film Blue (1993)
    directed by Derek Jarman
  • Mark Knopfler
    Stargazer (1.31)
    For the film Local Hero (1983)
    directed by Bill Forsyth