Ed Hartman Music

Ed's Favorite Movie Music!

Ed Hartman's "Movies Musicians Should See"

2001 A Space Odyssey - Tremendous use of classical music.  Strauss Waltz, Also Sprach Zarathustra, etc.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - One of my favorite musicals.  Incredible score.  Very funny.

A Song Is Born - Danny Kaye.  Has a great history of jazz segment with  Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton.

Amadeus - Really interesting and musical quasi-biography of Mozart

Bird (about Charlie Parker) (1988), - Directed by Clint Eastwood

Blues Brothers, The - All time great.  Incredible music.

Black Orpheus, - A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Beautiful Brazilian music. (Samba/Bossa Nova)

Buena Vista Social Club - Cuban music history.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Outstanding use of music within the screenplay.

Crossover Dreams - Ruben Blades in an independent film about Salsa musicians. 

Drum-Line - Good movie, great drumming.

Fabulous Baker Boys - interesting story about Club musicians.  Great performances.

Exorcist, The - This is listed for the music only.  Get the CD or "Tubular Bells" CD by Mike Oldfield.  Odd-times (7/8)

Fabulous Baker Boys - interesting story about Club musicians.  Great performances.

Fantasia/Fantasia 2000  - Disney's artistic matching of animation with great classics.

Five Pennies, The  - Danny Kaye.  About jazz trumpeter Red Nichols.  With Louie Armstrong.  Drama about sacrifice.

Glenn Miller Story, The  - All-time great bio of Big Band musician.

Hard Day's Night - Great Beatles music.

Hair - Rather intense musical.  Great tunes.  60's style.

Help! - A bit weirder Beatles movie, still great music.

Koyaanisqatsi (also: Powaqqatsi, Naqoyqatsi) - Hypnotic, ultra-fast speed visual film with Phillip Glass minimalist music.

Last Waltz, The  - Great concert film about "The Band" that backed up Dylan, etc.

Immortal Beloved - About Beethoven.

Mighty Wind, A - Mockumentary about folk music. Gets better each time you see it.

Monterey Pop - Similar to Woodstock with  The Byrds, The Grateful Dead, etc.

Mr. Holland's Opus - Band directors unite.

Music Man, The - All time favorite musical.

Round Midnight - Directed by Martin Scorseze. The life of Dexter Gordon in Paris and New York City. Musicians include with Dexter Gordon (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (piano).

School of Rock- Very funny movie about a private school invaded by a rock musician (Jack Black).

Sound of Music- Musical features "My Favorite Things" (used in curriculum)

Stars and Stripes Forever - OK biography of bandmaster John Philip Sousa,

Strictly Ballroom - Australian movie about ballroom dancing with great music, dancing.

Tommy - Rather bizarre version of The Who's music.  Great music, though!

That's Entertainment- Fun compilation of movie musicals.

That Thing You Do! - Very entertaining movie about a Beatles era band.  (features a drumset beat from Ed's curriculum)  Directed by Tom Hanks.

This Is Spinal Tap - Very funny mockumentary of a rock band.  (R: A bit mature.)

West Side Story - Great musical.  3 against 2 rhythm ("America")

Whiplash - Academy award winning film about a drummer at a leading Music School.  Great music, a bit over the top, but fascinating study of teacher abuse, all from a drummer's perspective.  Must see drummer film. (Don't believe this is how you play drums, though!)

Woodstock - Classic documentary of great rock acts of the 60s including Hendrix, Santana, Cocker, etc.