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

    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

    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

    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