Best Music Movies of 1971

1.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

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, Bruce Forsyth, Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart, Ian Weighill, Tessie O'Shea ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1971-10-07
2.

Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs & Englishmen

3.7
7.5/10 IMDB

"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, Carl Radle, Sandy Konikoff, Chuck Blackwell, Bobby Torres, Jim Horn ..
Directed by: Pierre Adidge
Release date: 1971-08-27
3.

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: 1971-02-12
4.

The Boy Friend

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

The assistant stage manager of a small-time theatrical company is forced to understudy for the leading lady at a matinée performance at which an illustrious Hollywood director is in the audience scouting for actors to be in his latest "all-talking, all-dancing, all-singing" extravaganza.

Starring: Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian, Bryan Pringle, Murray Melvin, Tommy Tune, Glenda Jackson, Moyra Fraser, Georgina Hale, Sally Bryant ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1971-12-16
Best Music Movies of 1971 : Frank Sinatra: In Concert at Royal Festival Hall
5.

Frank Sinatra: In Concert at Royal Festival Hall

3.5
8.3/10 IMDB

Frank Sinatra: In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall was an CBS musical television special starring Frank Sinatra broadcast on February 4, 1971, of a concert given by Sinatra at London's Royal Festival Hall on November 16, 1970. The special was directed by Bill Miller, and produced by Harold Davison. Sinatra was introduced on stage by Grace Kelly. Kelly had starred alongside Sinatra in the 1956 film High Society, the last film she made before her marriage to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Sinatra had been follicularly challenged for many years, hence all the hats in publicity stills, album covers etc. TV directors were forbidden to photograph him from the back because of this. However, at this concert, Sinatra had completed a very successful hair transplant and deliberately turned his back on the main audience a couple of times to acknowledge the audience sitting backstage, along with running his hand over the back of his head to draw attention to his new coiffure.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly ..
Directed by: Bill Miller
Release date: 1971-02-04
6.

200 Motels

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

"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
Best Music Movies of 1971 : The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special
7.

The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special

3.1
7.7/10 IMDB

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
8.

A Well Spent Life

2.9
7.5/10 IMDB

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
Best Music Movies of 1971 : Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince
9.

Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince

2.9
8.0/10 IMDB

A retelling of the classic fairy tale of The Frog Prince featuring Kermit the Frog, Kermit's nephew Robin, Sweetums, and a princess cursed to say everything wackbards...I mean backwards.

Starring: Gordon Thomson, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Carl Banas, Jerry Juhl, Trudy Young ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1971-05-12
Best Music Movies of 1971 : Tales of Beatrix Potter
10.

Tales of Beatrix Potter

2.6
6.9/10 IMDB

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, Garry Grant, Sally Ashby ..
Directed by: Reginald Mills
Release date: 1971-03-01

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