Best Music Movies of 1982


Pink Floyd: The Wall

8.0/10 IMDB

A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.

Starring: Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson, Eleanor David, Bob Geldof, Alex McAvoy, Jenny Wright, Kevin McKeon, Bob Hoskins, David Bingham, Ellis Dale ..
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1982-07-14


8.2/10 IMDB

Takes us to locations all around the US and shows us the heavy toll that modern technology is having on humans and the earth. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and the exceptional music by Philip Glass.

Starring: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel, Marilyn Chambers, Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel ..
Directed by: Godfrey Reggio
Release date: 1982-10-04

The Secret of NIMH

7.5/10 IMDB

A widowed field mouse must move her family -- including an ailing son -- to escape a farmer's plow. Aided by a crow and a pack of superintelligent, escaped lab rats, the brave mother struggles to transplant her home to firmer ground.

Starring: Derek Jacobi, Elizabeth Hartman, Arthur Malet, Dom DeLuise, Hermione Baddeley, Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Jodi Hicks, Ian Fried, John Carradine ..
Directed by: Don Bluth
Release date: 1982-06-17


7.6/10 IMDB

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

Starring: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras, John Rhys-Davies, Graham Stark, Malcolm Jamieson, Peter Arne, Sherloque Tanney ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1982-04-25
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

8.4/10 IMDB

In 1846, Anthony Hope sails into London with the mysterious Sweeney Todd, a once-naive barber whose life and marriage was uprooted by a corrupt justice system. Todd confides in Nellie Lovett, the owner of a local meat pie shop, and the two become partners, as Todd swears revenge on those that have wronged him and decides to take up his old profession.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, George Hearn, Edmund Lyndeck, Cris Groenendaal, Calvin Remsberg, Angela Lansbury, George Hearn, Cris Groenendaal, Sara Woods, Edmund Lyndeck ..
Directed by: Terry Hughes, Hal Prince
Release date: 1982-09-12
Best Music Movies of 1982 : The Compleat Beatles

The Compleat Beatles

8.2/10 IMDB

Now, for the first time, you can re-live the Beatles legends with this stunning 2-hour musical “Rockumentary”. It’s all there from the wild exuberance of the early Cavern Club days through eight incredible years, to the grim finality of “Let It Be”. See John, Paul, George and Ringo in performance, on tour, in films, recording with George Martin and in rare footage never before seen. Narrated by Malcom McDowell.

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, George Martin, Allan Williams, Gerry Marsden, Marianne Faithfull, Billy Preston ..
Directed by: Patrick Montgomery
Release date: 1982-10-01

Honkytonk Man

6.6/10 IMDB

During the Great Depression, a young boy leaves his family's Oklahoma farm to travel with his country musician uncle who is trying out for the Grand Ole Opry.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood, John McIntire, Alexa Kenin, Verna Bloom, Matt Clark, Barry Corbin, Jerry Hardin, Tim Thomerson, Macon McCalman ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1982-12-15
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Ain't Misbehavin'

Ain't Misbehavin'

8.4/10 IMDB

Ain't Misbehavin' is the televised version of the 1978 Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation celebrating the music, life and times of Thomas "Fats" Waller — featuring 29 songs written or inspired by him. The telecast won Emmy Awards for Nell Carter and André De Shields.

Starring: Nell Carter, André De Shields, Ken Page, Charlayne Woodard, Luther Henderson, Armelia McQueen ..
Directed by: O. Tamburri, Don Mischer
Release date: 1982-06-21

One from the Heart

6.5/10 IMDB

Hank and Frannie don't seem to be able to live together anymore. After a five-year relationship, lustful and dreamy Frannie leaves down-to-earth Hank on the anniversary of their relationship. Each one of them meets their dream mate, but as bright as they may seem, they are but a stage of lights and colors. Will true love prevail over a seemingly glamorous passion?

Starring: Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest, Raul Julia, Lainie Kazan, Harry Dean Stanton, Italia Coppola, Carmine Coppola, Nastassja Kinski, Tom Waits, Luana Anders ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1982-02-11
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Jean-Michel Jarre: The Concerts In China

Jean-Michel Jarre: The Concerts In China

8.9/10 IMDB

The Concerts in China was a concert tour by Jean Michel Jarre, notable for marking the opening of post-Mao Zedong China to live Western music, in 1981. Five concerts were held in the two biggest cities, for an estimated audience of 120,000 spectators, on October 21 and 22 in Beijing, and on October 26 through 28 in Shanghai.

Starring: Jean-Michel Jarre ..
Directed by: Andrew Piddington
Release date: 1982-01-01

We Will Rock You

8.6/10 IMDB

Freddie and co perform a blistering set of hits, including We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody, in front of an 18,000 strong crowd at Montreal's Forum, in this stunning concert film.

Starring: Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, Brian May ..
Directed by: Saul Swimmer
Release date: 1982-05-03
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Rush - Exit... Stage Left

Rush - Exit... Stage Left

8.8/10 IMDB

Exit...Stage Left was filmed in Montreal Canada during Rush's 1981 World Tour that encompassed Canada, the United States and Europe and reached a total audience in excess of one million people. The footage incorporated the output of five separate 16mm cameras, both hand-held and stationary, which operated in front of the stage behind a barricade, and in various strategic onstage locations. During the performance at the Montreal forum, the audio was recorded by Le Mobile, with Terry Brown and Guy Charbonneau at the controls. The audio was then digitally mixed at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec, where Moving Pictures, Permanent Waves, and Signals were recorded and mixed. The result, the Exit...Stage Left movie (a different performance than that found on the live Exit...Stage Left album), represents one hour of highlights from Rush's two hour stage show, visualizing material from their albums Moving Pictures, Permanent Waves, Hemispheres, and A Farewell to Kings.

Starring: Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart ..
Release date: 1982-01-01

Grease 2

4.5/10 IMDB

It's 1961, two years after the original Grease gang graduated, and there's a new crop of seniors and new members of the coolest cliques on campus, the Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Michael Carrington is the new kid in school - but he's been branded a brainiac. Can he fix up an old motorcycle, don a leather jacket, avoid a rumble with the leader of the T-Birds, and win the heart of Pink Lady Stephanie?

Starring: Maxwell Caulfield, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lorna Luft, Maureen Teefy, Pamela Adlon, Alison Price, Matt Lattanzi, Adrian Zmed, Peter Frechette, Christopher McDonald ..
Directed by: Patricia Birch
Release date: 1982-06-11
Best Music Movies of 1982 : The Slog Movie

The Slog Movie

8.0/10 IMDB

A raw and unparalleled DIY documentary about the West Coast Punk scene made by a group of young fans/filmmakers about the bands they loved.

Starring: Henry Rollins, Lee Ving ..
Directed by: David Markey
Release date: 1982-09-01
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Smithereens


6.7/10 IMDB

A narcissistic runaway engages in a number of parasitic relationships amongst members of New York's waning punk scene.

Starring: Susan Berman, Richard Hell, Brad Rijn, Nada Despotovich, Roger Jett, Kitty Summerall, Joni Ruth White, D.J. O'Neill, Pamela Speed, Edie Schecter ..
Directed by: Susan Seidelman
Release date: 1982-11-19

Wild Style

7.1/10 IMDB

Legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones plays the part of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. The actual story of the movie concerns the tension between Zoro's passion for his art and his personal life, particularly his strained relationship with fellow artist Rose.

Starring: Grandmaster Flash, Patti Astor, Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, Andrew Witten, Busy Bee, Grandmaster Flash, Rammellzee, Kara Vallow ..
Directed by: Charlie Ahearn
Release date: 1982-08-01
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park

Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park

8.3/10 IMDB

The Concert in Central Park is a live album by Simon & Garfunkel. On September 19, 1981 the folk-rock duo reunited for a free concert on the Great Lawn of New York's Central Park attended by more than 500,000 people. They released a live album from the concert the following March (Warner Brothers LP 2BSK 3654; CD 3654). It was arranged by Paul Simon and Dave Grusin, and produced by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Phil Ramone and Roy Halee. The concert was also shot on videotape, televised by HBO in 1982, and subsequently released on various home video formats. The VHS and DVD contain two songs that were omitted from the live album: "The Late Great Johnny Ace" and "Late in the Evening (Reprise)". "Johnny Ace" was disrupted by a fan rushing the stage who came very close to attacking Paul. This incident was both frightening and coincidental, as the song is an elegy upon the murder of John Lennon just one year earlier.

Starring: Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, David Brown, Pete Carr, John Eckert, Steve Gadd, John Gatchell, Anthony Jackson, Ed Koch, David Matthews ..
Directed by: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Release date: 1982-02-21

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

6.7/10 IMDB

Corrine Burns retreats far into plans for her band, The Fabulous Stains, after her mother's death.

Starring: Diane Lane, Ray Winstone, Peter Donat, David Clennon, John Lehne, Cynthia Sikes, Laura Dern, Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Barry Ford ..
Directed by: Lou Adler
Release date: 1982-10-01
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Frank Sinatra - Concert for the Americas

Frank Sinatra - Concert for the Americas

8.7/10 IMDB

Concert For The Americas This 1st-ever U.S. release of this spectacular 1982 concert proves that even at age 66, Francis Albert Sinatra was still the undisputed Chairman Of The Board. This 90-minute performance features a memorable rendition of "Send In The Clowns" with guitarist Tony Mottola.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich ..
Directed by: Walter C. Miller
Release date: 1982-08-20
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Olivia Newton-John: Let's Get Physical

Olivia Newton-John: Let's Get Physical

8.0/10 IMDB

A collection of Olivia's videos mainly from her 1981 album Physical. Brian Grant directed these innovative musical videos, this was pre-MTV and won the 1982 Grammy for best video. Said to cost half a million dollars to produce, it was filmed in California (at Olivia's house), London and Hawaii. It boasted 35 per cent of the US viewing audience when it first aired. Tracklist 1 Intro 2 Rolling 3 Landslide 4 Magic 5 Physical 6 Carried Away 7 A Little More Love 8 Recovery 9 The Promise (The Dolphin Song) 10 Love Make Me Strong 11 Stranger's Touch 12 Make A Move On Me 13 Falling 14 Silvery Rain 15 Hopelessly Devoted

Starring: Olivia Newton-John, Matt Lattanzi, Donovan Scott ..
Directed by: Brian Grant
Release date: 1982-02-08
Best Music Movies of 1982 : The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show

The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show

7.3/10 IMDB

Taped in Toronto between August 9-24, 1982, Miss Piggy hosts her own variety show, with special guests John Ritter, George Hamilton and Tony Clifton (Andy Kaufman). Under the direction of Kermit the Frog, the Muppets work in the control room and, amidst chaos, manage to keep the show on the air. Throughout the show, a romantic triangle develops among Piggy, Ritter (who is smitten with the pig) and Hamilton (who is deeply uncomfortable with the star's romantic inclinations).

Starring: Frank Oz, Jim Henson, George Hamilton, John Ritter, Andy Kaufman, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Steve Whitmire, Karen Prell, Kathryn Mullen ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1982-09-17
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Treasure Island

Treasure Island

6.2/10 IMDB

Intrigue...comedy...adventure...unforgettable characters and exotic settings - the legendary story of Treasure Island comes to life in this colourful adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's masterpiece. Join these timeless travellers in this wonderful and immortal tale of treasure and treachery!

Starring: Christopher Cazenove, Frank Gorshin, Bernard Miles, Harold Innocent, John Judd, Norman Rossington ..
Directed by: Dave Heather
Release date: 1982-01-01


6.9/10 IMDB

A new-wave extravaganza in which a young woman wants to become the next big singer with the help of her friends and despite the wishes of her working class family.

Starring: Jo Kennedy, Ross O'Donovan, Margo Lee, Max Cullen, Melissa Jaffer, Pat Evison, John O'May, Dennis Miller, Norm Erskine, Phil Judd ..
Directed by: Gillian Armstrong
Release date: 1982-04-08

The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time

8.3/10 IMDB

Documentary about the blacklisted folk group, "The Weavers," and the events leading up to their triumphant return to Carnegie Hall.

Starring: Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, Pete Seeger ..
Directed by: Jim Brown
Release date: 1982-03-07
Best Music Movies of 1982 : The Who: Live at Shea Stadium 1982

The Who: Live at Shea Stadium 1982

7.6/10 IMDB

The Who’s 1982 tour, which was all in North America apart from two warm-up dates at the Birmingham NEC in England, was their last to feature Kenney Jones on drums and the band did not tour again until 1989. The tour promoted the recent IT’S HARD album, which had been released in June 1982, and the set list included a number of tracks from that album, some of which the band would only play live on this tour. This concert film features the show from the second of their two nights at New York’s Shea Stadium and was filmed on 13 October 1982.

Starring: Roger Daltrey, Kenney Jones, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle ..
Directed by: Chris Roberts
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Rough Cut and Ready Dubbed

Rough Cut and Ready Dubbed

7.7/10 IMDB

Documents the post-punk period between 1978 and 1981, featuring the looks, the poses, the rucks, the riots and the slaggings of bands and their fans. Includes footage of the Wasted Festival and some of the original bands 25 years on. Also has performances from exponents of Punk, Mod, Oi and Ska - all filmed in the same DIY ethic that spawned punk itself.

Release date: 1982-11-08

Big Meat Eater

5.3/10 IMDB

After killing the crooked mayor a homicidal janitor named Abdullah goes to work for a butcher who has invented a new language for the town's planned futuristic theme park. In the butcher shop is a septic tank where scraps of meat are dumped which has produced "balonium" a radioactive fuel source sought after by space aliens. The aliens revive the mayor, who's body is hanging in the meat locker of the butcher shop, in an attempt to gain access to the balonium.

Starring: Clarence 'Big' Miller, George Dawson, Andrew Gillies, Stephen Dimopoulos, Georgina Hegedos, Ida Carnevali ..
Directed by: Chris Windsor
Release date: 1982-04-30
Best Music Movies of 1982 : H.M.S. Pinafore

H.M.S. Pinafore

6.1/10 IMDB

The D'Oyly Carte production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Love blossoms between members of different social classes among a general lampooning of the British class system.

Starring: Peter Marshall, Frankie Howerd, Meryl Drower, Della Jones, Michael Bulman, Alan Watt, Gordon Sandison, Anne Mason, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ..
Directed by: Rodney Greenberg, Michael Geliot
Release date: 1982-06-01
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Pippin


7.3/10 IMDB

The musical uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince on his search for meaning and significance. In 1981, a stage production of Pippin was videotaped for Canadian television. The stage production was directed by Kathryn Doby, Bob Fosse's dance captain for the original Broadway production, and David Sheehan directed the video adaptation, with Roger O. Hirson in charge of the music. Ben Vereen returned for the role of Leading Player, while William Katt played the role of Pippin. However, this version was a truncated adaptation and several sections of the play were cut. An extended version running 135 minutes is also available.

Starring: Ben Vereen, William Katt, Martha Raye, Chita Rivera, Benjamin Rayson, Lesley denniston, Christopher Chadman, Leslie Denniston, Carmine Rizzo, Joanie P. Oneill ..
Directed by: David Sheehan, Kathryn Doby
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Earth, Wind & Fire in Concert

Earth, Wind & Fire in Concert

8.2/10 IMDB

Earth, Wind & Fire: In Concert was recorded at the Oakland Coliseum on December 30-31, 1981 for broadcast on HBO. This brilliant performance by the Grammy-winning flamboyant funk group captures the hard-driving rhythms, the soothing melodies, the scintillating horns and the special effects that have dazzled concertgoers around the world. Included are "Sing a Song," "Fantasy," "Shining Star," "Kalimba Tree," "Let Your Feelings Show," "In the Stone" and "Phoenix Intro."

Starring: Philip Bailey, Johnny Graham, Ralph Johnson, Al McKay, Maurice White, Verdine White, Andrew Woolfolk ..
Directed by: Michael Schultz
Release date: 1982-08-22
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Oi for England

Oi for England

7.4/10 IMDB

In the Moss Side, Manchester "race riots" of 1981 a struggling punk band are tempted by a sinister entrepreneur to perform at a major gig in support of British extreme Right political organizations.

Starring: Adam Kotz, Neil Pearson, Richard Platt, Ian Mercer, Gavin Richards, Lisa Lewis ..
Directed by: Tony Smith
Release date: 1982-04-17
Best Music Movies of 1982 : The Police: Around The World

The Police: Around The World

8.6/10 IMDB

During 1977-1981 The Police went on a truly global tour which took them through more than a dozen countries, including many that most Rock bands of the period would fail to reach. This film features highlights of the tour which include stops in Japan, Hong Kong, India, Egypt, Australia and Latin America. Recorded live during the tour are 16 songs featured in this film, However this is more than a video rock concert - including many humourous off-stage shots that show the band sampling some of the sights, customs and culture of the lands their fans call home

Starring: Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland ..
Directed by: Derek Burbidge
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Frank Zappa: The Dub Room Special!

Frank Zappa: The Dub Room Special!

8.2/10 IMDB

Produced by Frank Zappa in 1982, The Dub Room Special combines footage from a performance at the KCET studios in Los Angeles on August 27, 1974, a concert performed at The Palladium, NYC on October 31, 1981, some clay animation by Bruce Bickford, and several interviews. Previously only available through mail-order, it was made widely available on DVD on October 17, 2005.

Starring: Frank Zappa ..
Directed by: Dick Darley, Clark Santee, Frank Zappa
Release date: 1982-06-01
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Ballet Robotique

Ballet Robotique

7.2/10 IMDB

In Ballet Robotique, the graceful movements of giant assembly line robots are perfectly synchronized to classical music recorded by London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

Directed by: Bob Rogers
Release date: 1982-10-01
Best Music Movies of 1982 : The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat

The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat

6.6/10 IMDB

The Cat in the Hat is all set for a lovely picnic, but the evil Grinch changes his plans by inventing a contraption that captures noise and makes it sound ferocious. The Cat has to save the world from the clutches of the Grinch and the only way to do it is to reach Grinch's soft spot.

Starring: Mason Adams, Bob Holt, Frank Welker, Joe Eich ..
Directed by: Bill Perez
Release date: 1982-05-20
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Working


7.3/10 IMDB

This musical adaptation of the Studs Terkel book examines the average worker's viewpoint--showing that he or she is anything but average. Based on a series of interviews with real working people--construction workers, waitresses, firemen, secretaries, and cleaning women, Working is both an exploration of the individuals' occupations and a lament for lost hopes and dreams.

Starring: Studs Terkel, Barry Bostwick, Scatman Crothers, Barbara Browning, Vernee Watson-Johnson, Jay Garner, Billy Jayne, Barbara Barrie, Carole Schwartz, Bill Beyers ..
Directed by: Stephen Schwartz, Kirk Browning
Release date: 1982-04-13

Let's Spend the Night Together

6.5/10 IMDB

The Rolling Stones' record-breaking 1981 North American arena tour documented by director Hal Ashby. Featuring the biggest Rolling Stones songs from the first 20 years - in the words of Mick Jagger, "a feel of what it's like to be there", as 20 cameras take you onstage with the band in this groundbreaking, dynamic tour.

Starring: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood ..
Directed by: Hal Ashby
Release date: 1982-10-29

Art Pepper: Notes from a Jazz Survivor

7.1/10 IMDB

Saxophonist Art Pepper (1925-1982) lived the kind of jazz life only found in Hollywood movies. His prodigious talent led him to top gigs as a teenager, but drugs and attendant criminal activity knocked him out of commission for virtually all of the 1960s and early 1970s. This documentary, shot shortly after his searing memoir, {-Straight Life}, was published in 1979, shows Pepper in the full flower of a remarkable comeback. His third wife, Laurie, is featured prominently; they met in the drug treatment facility Synanon in 1969 and were married in 1974. She took over his business affairs and helped him write {-Straight Life}. Pepper tells his own story here, but the emphasis is on an evening's performance at a club in Malibu, with the musician in fine form, backed by a terrific trio. (Tom Wiener, Rovi)

Starring: Art Pepper, Laurie Pepper ..
Directed by: Don McGlynn
Release date: 1982-12-31

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball

6.6/10 IMDB

Following the success of the 1979 show and the financial benefits accruing to Amnesty from the spin-off movie, TV special and record albums – Cleese, Lewis and Walker planned the next show to be a more spectacular event. Cleese focused on broadening the comedic talent to be presented at the show. In addition to the Amnesty show stalwarts drawn from the Oxbridge/Monty Python/Beyond The Fringe orbit, he invited newcomers such as Rowan Atkinson’s colleagues from the BBC TV show Not the Nine O'Clock News including Pamela Stephenson and Griff Rhys Jones; comedian Victoria Wood and regional comic Jasper Carrott. Lewis secured a return appearance by Billy Connolly and a debut appearance by "alternative" comedian Alexei Sayle who Lewis had recently discovered and was managing. Building on the success of Pete Townshend's 1979 appearance Lewis recruited other rock musicians to perform at the 1981 show including Sting, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Donovan and Bob Geldof.

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Jeff Beck, Alan Bennett, Graham Chapman, Eric Clapton, John Cleese, Phil Collins, Billy Connolly, Peter Cook, Sheena Easton ..
Directed by: Julien Temple
Release date: 1982-03-01

The Pirate Movie

5.3/10 IMDB

A comedy/musical utilizing both new songs and parodies from the original (Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance), as well as references to popular films of the time, including Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In your typical boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy fights girl with swords plot, the story revolves around Mabel ...

Starring: Kristy McNichol, Christopher Atkins, Ted Hamilton, Bill Kerr, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Kate Ferguson, Rhonda Burchmore, Linda Nagle ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1982-08-06
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Land of Look Behind

Land of Look Behind

7.8/10 IMDB

There has never been a documentary like "Land of Look Behind". Relatively unknown due to poor distribution and New York Film Festival skullduggery, this breathtaking film presents a unique epic vision with quasi-dramatic elements and cinematographic wizardry. The non-reggae original soundtrack is outstanding, as is the reggae music of Bob Marley and Gregory Isaacs. The great documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog has called "Look Behind" the non-fiction film that has influenced him most over the last fifteen years. Indeed, this film's peers are the best of Herzog, Bunuel's "Land Without Bread", Flaherty's "Nanook" and Leacock-Pennebaker's "Louisiana Story". With thoughtful viewing, one will see this moving documentary actually end with a lovely little dream sequence. No American has come close to making a film this ingenious in the last thirty years.

Starring: Gregory Isaacs, Louis Lepke, Mutabaruka, Bob Marley, Bob Marley ..
Directed by: Alan Greenberg
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Angel


6.3/10 IMDB

Saxophonist Danny witnesses the murder of his band manager and a deaf-mute girl after a gig. Questioned by the police, he remembers only the orthopedic shoes of the killers’ leader. So begins his quest to avenge her.

Starring: Stephen Rea, Veronica Quilligan, Alan Devlin, Peter Caffrey, Honor Heffernan, Lise-Ann McLaughlin, Ian McElhinney, Derek Lord, Ray McAnally, Donal McCann ..
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Release date: 1982-09-18


6.8/10 IMDB

Baal is an amoral poetic genius who, after a life of debauchery, betrayal and violence, is about to cut his ties to the world and meet his doom. A high society party is where the end begins.

Starring: David Bowie, Robert Austin, Julian Wadham, Zoë Wanamaker, Tracey Childs, Jonathan Kent, Juliet Hammond-Hill, Tracey Childs, Russell Wootton, Polly James ..
Directed by: Alan Clarke
Release date: 1982-02-02
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Lynda Carter: Street Life

Lynda Carter: Street Life

9.3/10 IMDB

Lynda Carter stars in her fourth musical TV special with guests George Benson, Tony Orlando, and Frank Stallone.

Starring: Lynda Carter, George Benson, Tony Orlando, Frank Stallone ..
Release date: 1982-03-05
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Hansel & Gretel - The Met

Hansel & Gretel - The Met

9.0/10 IMDB

The Metropolitan Opera's performance of "Hansel and Gretel" features music by Engelbert Humperdinck and is conducted by Thomas Fulton. The Met's storybook production cheerfully evokes a magic world of woodland sprites and candy dreams and yet brings as well the entire apparatus of Wagnerian music and drama to bear on a German fairy tale. This production is sung in English, and features the Metropolitan Opera, Chorus, and Ballet.

Starring: Frederica von Stade, Judith Blegen, Jean Kraft, Michael Devlin, Diane Kesling, Betsy Norden, Rosalind Elias, Thomas Fulton, MET Orchestra ..
Directed by: Kirk Browning, Bruce Donnelly
Release date: 1982-12-01
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Bix: Ain't None of Them Play Like Him Yet

Bix: Ain't None of Them Play Like Him Yet

8.6/10 IMDB

Through interviews, archival footage, photos and classic tunes, learn about the remarkable career and troubled life of legendary jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, who influenced countless musicians before alcoholism lead to his premature death. Close friends and associates such as Hoagy Carmichael, Charlie David and Louis Armstrong share their memories of Bix's abilities, playing style and personality.

Starring: Louis Armstrong, Richard Basehart, Hoagy Carmichael, Doc Cheatham, Jack Fulton, Jack Fulton, Al Rinker, Artie Shaw ..
Directed by: Brigitte Berman
Release date: 1982-12-25

White Wing Dove - Stevie Nicks in Concert

8.7/10 IMDB

On December 13th, 1981, Stevie Nicks's "Live In Concert" Video was filmed at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California. This video was also presented on television as an HBO special. Only a portion of the tracks filmed live appeared on the 60 minute video. They are: 1. Gold Dust Woman 2. Gold And Braid 3. I Need to Know 4. Dreams 5. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around 6. Sara 7. Edge of Seventeen 8. Outside the Rain 9. Rhiannon

Starring: Stevie Nicks, Lori Perry ..
Directed by: Marty Callner
Release date: 1982-03-27
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Japan: Oil On Canvas

Japan: Oil On Canvas

8.5/10 IMDB

Successful British band Japan filmed live in concert at the Hammersmith Odeon, London on 16th November 1982.

Starring: David Sylvian, Masami Tsuchiya, Mick Karn, Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen ..
Directed by: Tony Lawson
Release date: 1982-12-31

Yes, Giorgio

3.8/10 IMDB

A famous opera singer, Giorgio Fini, loses his voice during an American tour. He goes to a female throat specialist, Pamela Taylor, whom he falls in love with.

Starring: Luciano Pavarotti, Kathryn Harrold, Eddie Albert, Paola Borboni, James Hong, Beulah Quo, Norman Steinberg, Rod Colbin, Kathryn Fuller, Joseph Mascolo ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1982-09-24
Best Music Movies of 1982 : Horowitz in London

Horowitz in London

8.4/10 IMDB

Vladimir Horowitz's piano recital in 1982 at Royal Festival Hall in London.

Starring: Vladimir Horowitz ..
Directed by: Kirk Browning
Release date: 1982-05-22

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