Best Music Movies of 1974

1.

Mahler

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

The film begins on a train journey with Gustav Mahler (Robert Powell) and his wife Alma (Georgina Hale) confronting their failing marriage. The story is then recounted in a series of flashbacks (some of which are surrealistic and nightmarish), taking one through Mahler's childhood, his brother's suicide, his experience with anti-semitism, his conversion from Judaism to Catholicism, his marital problems, and the death of his young daughter. The film also contains a surreal fantasy sequence involving the anti-Semitic Cosima Wagner (Antonia Ellis), widow of Richard Wagner, whose objections to his taking control of the Court Opera were supposedly removed by his conversion to Catholicism. In the process, the film explores Mahler's music and its relationship to his life.

Starring: Robert Powell, Georgina Hale, Lee Montague, Miriam Karlin, Rosalie Crutchley, Richard Morant, Angela Down, Ronald Pickup, Peter Eyre, Dana Gillespie ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1974-04-04
2.

The Little Prince

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Based on the story by Antoine deSaint-Exupery, this magical musical fable begins as a pilot (Richard Kiley) makes a forced landing on the barren Sahara Desert. He is befriended by a "little" prince from the planet Asteroid B-612. In the days that follow, the pilot learns of the small boy's history and planet-hopping journeys in which he met a King, a businessman, an historian, and a general. It isn't until he comes to Earth that the Little Prince learns the secrets of the importance of life from a Fox (Gene Wilder), a Snake (Bob Fosse), and the pilot.

Starring: Richard Kiley, Steven Warner, Bob Fosse, Gene Wilder, Donna McKechnie, Joss Ackland, Clive Revill, Victor Spinetti, Graham Crowden ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1974-11-06
Best Music Movies of 1974 : The Perry Como Christmas Show
3.

The Perry Como Christmas Show

3.4
8.2/10 IMDB

The first of Perry Como's Christmas specials includes appearances by Rich Little and figure skater Peggy Fleming as well as performances by the Carpenters and by Perry Como himself. Also featured a reenactment of the Birth of Jesus Christ.

Starring: Perry Como, Karen Carpenter, Richard Carpenter, Peggy Fleming, Rich Little, Jack Benny ..
Directed by: Nick Vanoff
Release date: 1974-12-17
4.

A Poem Is a Naked Person

3.4
7.1/10 IMDB

Les Blank's first feature-length documentary captures music and other events at Leon Russell's Oklahoma recording studio during a three-year period (1972-1974).

Starring: Leon Russell, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Malissa Bates, David Briggs, Eric Andersen, Ambrose Campbell, Charlie McCoy ..
Directed by: Les Blank
Release date: 1974-01-01
5.

Mame

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

The film focuses on eccentric Mame Dennis, whose madcap life is disrupted when her deceased brother's son Patrick is entrusted to her care.

Starring: Lucille Ball, Bea Arthur, Robert Preston, Bruce Davison, Kirby Furlong, Jane Connell, Joyce Van Patten, Doria Cook-Nelson, Don Porter, Audrey Christie ..
Directed by: Gene Saks
Release date: 1974-03-07
Best Music Movies of 1974 : Glenn Gould: The Alchemist
6.

Glenn Gould: The Alchemist

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon visits piano virtuoso Glenn Gould more than ten years after his self-imposed exile from the stage, which results in a mixture of interview and performance.

Starring: Glenn Gould, Bruno Monsaingeon ..
Directed by: François Ribadeau
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1974 : Frank Sinatra: The Main Event
7.

Frank Sinatra: The Main Event

2.8
8.1/10 IMDB

Charged with the electricity of a heavyweight prizefight, The Main Event was filmed live at Madison Square Garden, a venue usually reserved for sporting events and rock 'n' roll concerts.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Howard Cosell ..
Directed by: Bill Carruthers
Release date: 1974-10-13
Best Music Movies of 1974 : Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire
8.

Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire

2.8
7.6/10 IMDB

"Bird on a Wire" follows Leonard Cohen on his 1972 European tour.

Starring: Leonard Cohen, Ron Cornelius, Bob Johnston, Udo Jürgens, Doris Kunstmann, Peter Marshal, David O'Connor, Esther Ofarim, Jennifer Warnes, Donna Washburn ..
Directed by: Tony Palmer
Release date: 1974-07-05
9.

Huckleberry Finn

2.7
5.6/10 IMDB

One of Mark Twain's best-loved stories becomes a screen musical in this family-friendly adaptation. Mischievous Huckleberry Finn (Jeff East) is a 15-year-old boy who has long had a difficult relationship with his often violent father. When Dad tried to kidnap him, Huck decides to run away from home, and heads out of town on a raft. Huck is soon joined by Jim (Paul Winfield), a runaway slave who is no more eager to see his master than Huck is to see his father. As the two friends make their way down the Mississippi, they're faced with a variety of challenges and adventures, including a run-in with a pair of shabby but dignified actors, The King (Harvey Korman) and The Duke (David Wayne). Produced in association with Reader's Digest magazine, which in 1973, scored a box-office hit with a musical version of Twain's Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn featured original songs by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, who also wrote the songs for a handful of Disney hits, including Mary Poppins.

Starring: Jeff East, Paul Winfield, Harvey Korman, David Wayne, Arthur O'Connell, Gary Merrill, Natalie Trundy, Lucille Benson, Kim O’Brien, Jean Fay ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1974-05-24
10.

Journey Back to Oz

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Revisit the enchanting Land of Oz as Dorothy and Toto return to find the Scarecrow as ruler of the Emerald City. Unfortunately for the new mayor, the wicked Mombi is conspiring to take over the city for herself. With the help of the Tin Woodsman, the Cowardly Lion and other familiar friends, the brave lass from Kansas sets out to save Oz. This animated musical film features an impressive voice cast, including Liza Minnelli and Ethel Merman.

Starring: Liza Minnelli, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Paul Lynde, Margaret Hamilton, Mickey Rooney, Herschel Bernardi, Paul Ford, Margaret Hamilton, Jack E. Leonard ..
Directed by: Hal Sutherland
Release date: 1974-12-05

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