Best Music Movies of 1970

1.

Gimme Shelter

5.0
7.9/10 IMDB

The landmark documentary about the tragically ill-fated Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969. Only four months earlier, Woodstock defined the Love Generation; now it lay in ruins on a desolate racetrack six miles outside of San Francisco.

Starring: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, Marty Balin, Sonny Barger, Melvin Belli, Dick Carter, Jack Casady ..
Directed by: Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, David Maysles
Release date: 1970-12-06
2.

Elvis: That's the Way It Is

4.2
8.1/10 IMDB

This 1970 concert documentary captures Elvis Presley midway through a fateful transition, seeking to reclaim his musical primacy after a decade of self-imposed exile from concert stages. Sidelined by his big-screen career, eclipsed by rock's mid-'60s transformations, the King had begun his return two years earlier with the relatively lean attack of his fabled network television appearance, '68 Comeback Special. Now the Memphis legend was poised to reposition his performing profile by pursuing the top rungs of headliner status in Las Vegas, a career choice that seems even more ephemeral in hindsight than it already did at the time. Elvis: That's the Way It Is follows the show's genesis from rehearsal to stage, with the performance footage that provides its inevitable climax shot over six nights. The rehearsal footage, expanded for this special edition, offers further proof that Presley's band was simply superb...

Starring: Elvis Presley, James Burton, John Wilkinson, Jerry Scheff, Glen D. Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, Cary Grant ..
Directed by: Denis Sanders
Release date: 1970-11-11
Best Music Movies of 1970 : Original Cast Album: Company
3.

Original Cast Album: Company

3.3
8.1/10 IMDB

Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company" opened on Broadway in the Spring of 1970, and tradition dictates that the cast recording is done on the first Sunday after opening night. D.A. Pennebaker, the now-legendary documentarian, filmed the production of the original cast recording, the back and forth between Sondheim and the performers, and the dynamic of trying to record live performance. The film climaxes with Elaine Stritch's performance of "The Ladies Who Lunch". The show won 6 Tony Awards including "Best Musical" and ran for two years on Broadway. A plan to make a series of "Original Cast Album" films never materialized.

Starring: Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Elaine Stritch, Dean Jones, Pamela Myers, Beth Howland, Barbara Barrie, Charles Braswell, Susan Browning, George Coe ..
Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker
Release date: 1970-01-01
4.

Darling Lili

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

World War I. Lili Smith is a beloved British music hall singer, often providing inspiration for the British and French troops and general populace singing rallying patriotic songs. She is also half German and is an undercover German spy, using her feminine wiles to gather information from the high ranking and generally older military officers and diplomats she seduces.

Starring: Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson, Jeremy Kemp, Lance Percival, Michael Witney, Gloria Paul, Jacques Marin ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1970-06-18
Best Music Movies of 1970 : Ice Cream
5.

Ice Cream

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

A short film about a mysterious ceremony, based on an essay by William S. Burroughs.

Starring: Rosa Morata, Hiriam Abid ..
Directed by: Antoni Padrós
Release date: 1970-09-16
Best Music Movies of 1970 : Song of Norway
6.

Song of Norway

2.2
4.0/10 IMDB

Like the play from which it derived, the film tells of the early struggles of composer Edvard Grieg and his attempts to develop an authentic Norwegian national music. It stars Toralv Maurstad as Grieg and features an international cast including Florence Henderson, Christina Schollin, Robert Morley, Harry Secombe, Oskar Homolka, Edward G. Robinson and Frank Porretta (as Rikard Nordraak). Filmed in Super Panavision 70 by Davis Boulton and presented in single-camera Cinerama in some countries, it was an attempt to capitalise on the success of The Sound of Music.

Starring: Toralv Maurstad, Florence Henderson, Christina Schollin, Frank Porretta, Harry Secombe, Robert Morley, Edward G. Robinson, Elizabeth Larner, Oskar Homolka, Henry Gilbert ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1970-11-04
Best Music Movies of 1970 : Groupies
7.

Groupies

2.2
5.0/10 IMDB

This documentary on rock 'n' roll groupies, including the infamous Plaster Casters, features performances (musical) by such bands as Ten Years After, Terry Reid, Spooky Tooth, and Cat Mother.

Starring: Patty Cakes, Pamela Des Barres, Joe Cocker, Alvin Lee, Andrea Feldman, Cynthia Plaster Caster, Pete Shelley, Terry Reid, Goldie Glitters, Emmaretta Marks ..
Directed by: Ron Dorfman, Peter Nevard
Release date: 1970-11-08
Best Music Movies of 1970 : Shinbone Alley
8.

Shinbone Alley

2.2
5.6/10 IMDB

Join the fun and laugh along with the "misadventures" of Archy the cockroach, a poet in his former life now having to jump on his typewriter keys to peck out his poems. Archie adores the huge-eyed, blonde, hip-swaying Mehitabel the Cat, and along with a colorful cast of characters, they embark on an animated, musical treat the whole family will love!

Starring: Carol Channing, Eddie Bracken, Alan Reed, John Carradine, Hal Smith, Joan Gerber, Sal Delano, Ken Sansom, Byron Kane ..
Directed by: John Wilson
Release date: 1970-06-26
Best Music Movies of 1970 : Deep Purple: Concerto for Group and Orchestra
9.

Deep Purple: Concerto for Group and Orchestra

2.0
8.8/10 IMDB

1. Intro 2. First Movement: Moderato - Allegro 3. Second Movement: Andante 4. Third Movement: Vivace - Presto Recorded on September 24th, 1969 at London's Royal Albert Hall, Jon Lord's Concerto for Group and Orchestra really was a meeting of two different worlds.

Starring: Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Malcolm Arnold ..
Release date: 1970-04-04
Best Music Movies of 1970 : Creedence Clearwater Revival – Live at the Royal Albert Hall
10.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Live at the Royal Albert Hall

1.8
8.1/10 IMDB

Creedence Clearwater Revival Royal Albert Hall London, England April 14 1970 50 Minutes NTSC Mono 1 Born On The Bayou 2 Green River 3 Tombstone Shadow 4 Travelin' Band 5 Fortunate Son 6 Commotion 7 Midnight Special 8 Bad Moon Rising 9 Proud Mary 10 The Night Time is the Right Time 11 Good Golly Miss Molly 12 Keep On Chooglin' John Fogerty: Guitar and Vocals Tom Fogerty: Guitar Stu Cook: Bass Doug Clifford: Drums

Release date: 1970-04-13

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