Best Music Movies of 1971
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster (Eglantine Price). The children's initial fears disappear when they find out she is in fact a trainee witch.
Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1971-10-07
Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover/enjoy life.
Starring: Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Linnea Heacock, Georgia Engel, Kathy Bates
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Release date: 1971-05-17
Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs & Englishmen
"Joe Cocker - the Rotating Rocker - and his 42 member communal touring company Mad Dogs & Englishmen with the Master of Space and Time Leon Russell - see them perform in the pleasure palaces of America - it's a moving picture" says the classic film poster. See this spectacular rock 'n' roll tour documentary and get a dramatic visual record that captures the spirit of the hippie era with mind-blowing performances, crazy backstage footage, and spaced-out interviews. Supporting cast includes Claudia Lennear, Rita Coolidge, Sherman Jones reciting "Face on the Barroom Floor," and Canina the dog.
Starring: Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Chris Stainton, Jim Price, Jim Gordon
Directed by: Pierre Adidge
Release date: 1971-08-27
"Touring makes you crazy," Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this film came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a tale of life on the road. The band members' main concerns are the search for groupies and the desire to get paid.
Starring: The Mothers of Invention, Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel, Keith Moon, Frank Zappa
Directed by: Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa
Release date: 1971-11-10
A Well Spent Life
A tribute to the Texas songster, Mance Lipscomb, considered by many to be the greatest guitarist of all time.
Starring: Mance Lipscomb
Directed by: Les Blank, Skip Gerson
Release date: 1971-03-11
Tales of Beatrix Potter
The Royal Ballet Company brings Squirrel Nutkin, Tom Thumb, Hunca Munca, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Jeremy Fisher, Pigling Bland, and Pigwig to the screen doing pirouettes and pas de deux in this filmed ballet production directed by Reginald Mills. The film more properly belongs, however, to choreographer Frederick Ashmore, composer John Lanchbery, and costume designer Rostislav Douboujinsky. This literal adaptation concerns the shy Beatrix Potter and how, when all of the toy animals in her room come to life, she emerges from her shell and begins to enjoy life. Sequences include a rowdy dance with Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca destroying a collection of plaster food, a midnight pas de deux between Pigling Bland and Pigwig, and a corps de ballet of dancing mice.
Starring: Frederick Ashton, Alexander Grant, Julie Wood, Ann Howard, Bob Mead
Directed by: Reginald Mills
Release date: 1971-03-01
Point of Terror
A nightclub singer has nightmares about being involved in adultery and murder, only to wake up and find that they may not be nightmares.
Starring: Peter Carpenter, Dyanne Thorne, Lory Hansen, Leslie Simms, Joel Marston
Directed by: Alex Nicol
Release date: 1971-10-01
Documentary of a 1970 rock concert held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Starring: Marty Balin, Marc Bolan, Dr. John, David Gilmour, Bob Hite
Directed by: George Sluizer, Hansjürgen Pohland
Release date: 1971-10-14
BBC documentary focusing on a reggae concert held at Wembley Stadium in 1970 featuring the Pyramids, Pioneers, Black Faith, Millie, the Maytals, and Desmond Dekker. Includes interviews with DJ Mike Raven and producer Graham Goodall, who review the history and development of reggae.
Directed by: Horace OvÃ©
Release date: 1971-09-23
The Eight Immortals
Fantasy adventure depicting the famous Eight Immortals of Taoist mythology.
Starring: Kung Shun Chang, Kuo Chun Chen, Cheng Kang
Directed by: Chen Hung-min
Release date: 1971-01-01
The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special
This was the first of two one-hour musical specials which were part of CBS' 1968 multi-million-dollar contract with Doris Day's production company, a contract that Day insists to this day was negotiated by her husband and manager Martin Melcher without her knowledge. When Melcher died suddenly in April 1968, Day chose to go ahead and honour the contract, appearing in both specials as well as starring in her eponymous sitcom for five seasons, from 1968-1973.
Starring: Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Perry Como
Directed by: Bill Foster
Release date: 1971-03-14
Based on Roger McGough's PC Plod poems, a series of quick comic sketches performed by The Scaffold.
Starring: John Gorman, Mike McGear, Roger McGough
Directed by: Michael Cort
Release date: 1971-01-01
Neil Young In Concert 1971 BBC
Recorded at the old Sheperds Bush Empire Theatre by the BBC, Neil preformed his now classics for an intimate audience. With only his guitar in hand and a voice that matches no other, he swept away the audiences with the following songs: «Out on the Weekend», «Old Man», «Journey Thru the Past», «Heart of Gold», «Don't Let It Bring You Down» and «A Man Needs A Maid».
Starring: Neil Young
Release date: 1971-02-23
Naresh Kumar Saxena lives with his widowed mom and sister, Seema. He works as a freelance photographer and journalist. One day he meets with Mala Mehta and her dad, who is the Editor of a Newspaper. Mr. Mehta hires Naresh and assigns him to go to a remote island to investigate and expose some illegal activities there. Naresh goes there in the company of his friend, Shyam. Unfortunately, Naresh is caught by the island guards and lodged in a cell along with two others, one a scientist and Ram Singh, a hoodlum. The scientist confides in Naresh that he has invented an atomic ring that when inserted in someone's mouth will turn that person invisible, and subsequently passes away. Naresh puts the ring in his mouth, takes off his clothes, turns invisible and escapes.
Starring: Vinod Mehra, Rekha, Vinod Khanna, Helen, Madan Puri
Directed by: K. Ramanlal
Release date: 1971-05-19