Best Music Movies of 1970

1.

Gimme Shelter

4.2
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.

Let It Be

4.1
7.8/10 IMDB

Documentary film about The Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. The film features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original Beatles release. This film has not been commercially available since the 1980s.

Starring: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, George Martin, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Geoff Emerick, Mal Evans ..
Directed by: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Release date: 1970-05-13
3.

Elvis: That's the Way It Is

4.1
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
4.

Performance

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Young gangster Chas Devlin seeks refuge from the mob in a basement belonging to a reclusive, fading rock star Turner.

Starring: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michèle Breton, Ann Sidney, John Bindon, Johnny Shannon, Anthony Valentine, Kenneth Colley, Stanley Meadows ..
Directed by: Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell
Release date: 1970-08-03
5.

The Music Lovers

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Composer, conductor and teacher Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his homosexual tendencies by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a wonky, nymphomaniac girl whom he cannot satisfy.

Starring: Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson, Max Adrian, Kenneth Colley, Christopher Gable, Bruce Robinson, Izabella Telezynska, Maureen Pryor, Sabina Maydelle, Andrew Faulds ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1970-12-01
6.

Darling Lili

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

Set in Paris during World War I. Lili Smith/Schmidt is a German spy being requested to go under cover to help Germany during the war, to try and find out their plans. Her "uncle" wishes her to fulfill the operation, whereas one of his colleagues believed she is not capable of performing such an operation as she is British. She soon finds herself following Major William Larrabee's every move and spending all her time either with him or thinking of him. Her "uncle" realises she's in love with him but Lili is not facing that she is. Things and people are coming between her true fate, but what is it...

Starring: Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson, Jeremy Kemp, Lance Percival, Michael Witney, Gloria Paul, Jacques Marin ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1970-06-24
Best Music Movies of 1970 : Ice Cream
7.

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 : Company: Original Cast Album
8.

Company: Original Cast Album

2.9
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.

Starring: Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Elaine Stritch, Dean Jones, Pamela Myers ..
Directed by: D.A. Pennebaker
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1970 : Shinbone Alley
9.

Shinbone Alley

2.3
5.4/10 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 ..
Directed by: John Wilson
Release date: 1970-06-26
Best Music Movies of 1970 : Groupies
10.

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

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