Best Music Movies of 1974

1.

Phantom of the Paradise

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

In this rock opera hybrid of Phantom of the Opera and Faust, fledgling singer-songwriter Winslow Leach finds himself double-crossed by the nefarious music producer Swan, who steals both his music and the girl Leach wants to sing it, Phoenix, for the grand opening of his rock palace, The Paradise. After Swan sends Leach to prison for trespassing, Leach endures a freak accident which leaves him disfigured and plans his revenge on both Swan and The Paradise, becoming the Phantom of the Paradise.

Starring: William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham, George Memmoli, Archie Hahn, Jeffrey Comanor, Peter Elbling, Jennifer Ashley, Janit Baldwin ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1974-10-31
2.

That's Entertainment!

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart ..
Directed by: Jack Haley Jr.
Release date: 1974-06-21
Best Music Movies of 1974 : Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour ’74
3.

Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour ’74

3.8
8.6/10 IMDB

Irish Tour '74 is a film which captures the artist, his music, the period and the place with perfection. Filmed in January 1974 at Rory Gallaghers Irish Tour at Belfast Ulster Hall, Dublin Carlton Cinema and Cork City Hall. Directed by Tony Palmer

Starring: Rory Gallagher, Gerry McAvoy, Lou Martin, Rod de'Ath ..
Directed by: Tony Palmer
Release date: 1974-10-25
4.

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
Best Music Movies of 1974 : The Perry Como Christmas Show
5.

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
6.

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
7.

The Little Prince

3.4
6.5/10 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 : Glenn Gould: The Alchemist
8.

Glenn Gould: The Alchemist

3.1
7.4/10 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
9.

Mame

3.1
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 : Frank Sinatra: The Main Event
10.

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

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