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
Best Music Movies of 1971 : Taking Off
2.

Taking Off

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

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, Paul Benedict, Audra Lindley, Vincent Schiavelli, Ike Turner, Tina Turner ..
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Release date: 1971-05-17
Best Music Movies of 1971 : Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs & Englishmen
3.

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
Best Music Movies of 1971 : Frank Sinatra: In Concert at Royal Festival Hall
4.

Frank Sinatra: In Concert at Royal Festival Hall

3.5
8.2/10 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
Best Music Movies of 1971 : 200 Motels
5.

200 Motels

3.1
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 : A Well Spent Life
6.

A Well Spent Life

3.0
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 of Beatrix Potter
7.

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
Best Music Movies of 1971 : Point of Terror
8.

Point of Terror

1.8
3.9/10 IMDB

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, Paula Mitchell, Al Dunlap, Ernest A. Charles ..
Directed by: Alex Nicol
Release date: 1971-10-01
Best Music Movies of 1971 : Stamping Ground
9.

Stamping Ground

1.8
7.7/10 IMDB

Documentary of a 1970 rock concert held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Starring: Marty Balin, Marc Bolan, Dr. John, David Gilmour, Bob Hite, Grace Slick, Al Stewart, Carlos Santana, Roger Chapman, Nick Mason ..
Directed by: George Sluizer, Hansjürgen Pohland
Release date: 1971-10-14
Best Music Movies of 1971 : Reggae
10.

Reggae

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

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 Ové
Release date: 1971-09-23

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