Best Music Movies of 1972

1.

Cabaret

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

Inside the Kit Kat Club of 1931 Berlin, starry-eyed singer Sally Bowles and an impish emcee sound the clarion call to decadent fun, while outside a certain political party grows into a brutal force.

Starring: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper, Marisa Berenson, Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel, Helen Vita, Sigrid von Richthofen, Gerd Vespermann ..
Directed by: Bob Fosse
Release date: 1972-02-13
Best Music Movies of 1972 : Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii
2.

Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

4.5
8.7/10 IMDB

Stylish film of the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd in 1971 performing a concert with no audience, in the ancient Roman Amphitheatre in the ruins of Pompeii, Italy. Songs are interspersed with interviews, and footage of Pink Floyd in the studio working on their next album, the legendary Dark Side of the Moon.

Starring: Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason ..
Directed by: Adrian Maben
Release date: 1972-08-31
Best Music Movies of 1972 : The Concert for Bangladesh
3.

The Concert for Bangladesh

4.2
8.3/10 IMDB

A film about the first benefit rock concert when major musicians performed to raise relief funds for the poor of Bangladesh.

Starring: George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Klaus Voormann ..
Directed by: Saul Swimmer
Release date: 1972-03-23
4.

Elvis on Tour

4.0
7.6/10 IMDB

Concert footage and offstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

Starring: Elvis Presley, James Burton, John Wilkinson, Jerry Scheff, Glen D. Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, J.D. Sumner, Kathy Westmoreland ..
Directed by: Pierre Adidge, Robert Abel
Release date: 1972-01-01
5.

1776

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

The film focuses on the representatives of the Thirteen original colonies who participated in the Second Continental Congress. 1776 depicts the three months of deliberation (and, oftentimes, acrimonious debate) that led up to the signing of one of the most important documents in the History of the United States, the Declaration of Independence.

Starring: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Blythe Danner, Donald Madden, John Cullum, Roy Poole, David Ford, Ron Holgate, William Hansen ..
Directed by: Peter H. Hunt
Release date: 1972-11-09
6.

Lady Sings the Blues

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.

Starring: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan, Paul Hampton, Sid Melton, Virginia Capers, Yvonne Fair, Isabel Sanford, Ned Glass ..
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Release date: 1972-10-12
Best Music Movies of 1972 : Traffic: Live at Santa Monica
7.

Traffic: Live at Santa Monica

3.7
8.7/10 IMDB

Traffic left behind precious few concert videos in any form, so this show, from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, is an intrinsically valuable document of the band, even though it does feature a later lineup: Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, Rebop Kwakubaah, Roger Hawkins, and David Hood. Chronologically, the show comes roughly a year later than the Welcome to the Canteen album. There are some many wonderful shots of the band members from varied angles and all kinds of different lighting, even within the same song, courtesy of video producer Taylor Hackford (White Nights, Against All Odds) but, in fact, this wasn't the ideal version of the group to capture on stage: Winwood had suffered a serious illness the year before, the group was always in a state of flux as far as its line-up was concerned, and they were entering the period of decline that would coincide with the recording of Shootout at the Fantasy Factory.

Starring: Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Rebop Kwakabooah, Roger Hawkins, David Hood ..
Directed by: Allan Muir
Release date: 1972-01-01
8.

The Harder They Come

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Ivanhoe Martin arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, looking for work and, after some initial struggles, lands a recording contract as a reggae singer. He records his first song, "The Harder They Come," but after a bitter dispute with a manipulative producer named Hilton, soon finds himself resorting to petty crime in order to pay the bills. He deals marijuana, kills some abusive cops and earns local folk hero status. Meanwhile, his record is topping the charts.

Starring: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman, Basil Keane, Bob Charlton, Winston Stona, Lucia White, Volair Johnson, Beverly Anderson ..
Directed by: Perry Henzell
Release date: 1972-09-01
9.

Man of La Mancha

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

In the sixteenth century, Miguel de Cervantes, poet, playwright, and part-time actor, has been arrested, together with his manservant, by the Spanish Inquisition. They are accused of presenting an entertainment offensive to the Inquisition. Inside the huge dungeon into which they have been cast, the other prisoners gang up on Cervantes and his manservant, and begin a mock trial, with the intention of stealing or burning his possessions. Cervantes wishes to desperately save a manuscript he carries with him and stages, with costumes, makeup, and the participation of the other prisoners, an unusual defense--the story of Don Quixote.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco, Ian Richardson, Harry Andrews, John Castle, Brian Blessed, Julie Gregg, Rosalie Crutchley, Gino Conforti ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1972-12-20
Best Music Movies of 1972 : Liza Minnelli: Liza with a Z
10.

Liza Minnelli: Liza with a Z

3.3
8.5/10 IMDB

Liza Minnelli stars in a television concert directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. She performs such songs as the title number "Liza with a 'Z'" and "Son of a Preacher Man". The concert concludes with a medley of songs from the film Cabaret (1972). The special, Minnelli and Fosse all won Emmys. Bob Fosse also won the Oscar and Tony that year, in the only instance of any person ever winning all three in a one-month period.

Starring: Liza Minnelli, Ann Reinking, Gwen Verdon, Lorna Luft, Kay Thompson ..
Directed by: Bob Fosse
Release date: 1972-09-10

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