Best Music Movies of 1983
Rebbe Mendel is a single father who teaches the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism, to the boys of his small Polish town. Behind closed doors, he also instructs his daughter, Yentl, despite the fact that girls are forbidden to study religious scripture. When Yentl's father dies, she still has a strong desire to learn about her faith -- so she disguises herself as a male, enrolls in a religious school, and unexpectedly finds love along the way.
Alchoholic former country singer Mac Sledge makes friends with a young widow and her son. The friendship enables him to find inspiration to resume his career.
Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant's PBS documentary tracks the rise and fall of subway graffiti in New York in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Diana Ross: Live in Central Park
On July 21,1983, the legendary Diana Ross took the stage in New York's Central Park before an audience of over 800,000. Soon after the entertainer began, pouring rain and heavy wind threatened to put an end to the show, but Diana pushed on for much of the set;urging the drenched crowd to remain calm and stay with her. Eventually the torrential storm put an end to the performance;but not before Diana promised her fans she would return the next day. True to her word;Diana performed the entire concert again on July 22nd for the people of New York.
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Hammersmith Odeon, London, July 3, 1973. British singer David Bowie performs his alter ego Ziggy Stardust for the very last time. A decadent show, a hallucinogenic collage of kitsch, pop irony and flamboyant excess: a musical symbiosis of feminine passion and masculine dominance that defines Bowie's art and the glam rock genre.
Philip Glass: Satyagraha
This luminous, visionary opera tells the story of how Mahatma Gandhi developed the philosophy of satyagraha, nonviolent active resistance, as a political revolutionary tool to fight oppression, connecting his lifework to three historical figures who advanced his philosophy: the celebrated Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, the great Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore and the heroic American civil rights leader Martin Luther King. The libretto is comprised of passages from “The Bhagavad-Gita,” India’s greatest philosophical epic, and perfectly complements Glass’ ravishing score, mysteriously transporting the audience with a serene power and an all-encompassing sense of peace.
It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenger yet - making it as a dancer on the Broadway stage.
Bad News Tour
A documentary crew films heavy metal band Bad News as they have trouble starting their van, pick up a schoolgirl groupie, and meet up with rock journalist Sally at a motorway service station where they argue about the cost of sausage and chips.
Eddie and the Cruisers
A television newswoman picks up the story of a 1960s rock band whose long-lost leader — Eddie Wilson — may still be alive, while searching for the missing tapes of the band's never-released album.
Though best known for his collage films, Lawrence Jordan here makes exquisite study of the different aspects of light lilting through the early morning fog of California winter. Painterly gradations of color and juxtapositions in scale are beautifully arranged to music by Antonio Vivaldi.
Siouxsie & The Banshees — Nocturne
Originally released in 1983 "Nocturne" was remastered in 2006 and released on DVD. This captures Siouxsie And The Banshees at the height of their "goth" period. It also features Cure frontman Robert Smith on guitar. If you liked the albums "Juju", "Hyaena", and "A Kiss In The Dreamhouse" you will love this. It was filmed at Royal Albert Hall.
In a mythical Japan, Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor, has been appointed Lord High Executioner and must find someone to execute before the arrival of the ruling Mikado. He lights upon Nanki-Poo, a strolling minstrel who loves the beautiful Yum-Yum. But Yum-Yum is also loved by Ko-Ko, and Nanki-Poo, seeing no hope for his love, considers suicide. Ko-Ko offers to solve both their problems by executing Nanki-Poo, and an agreement is reached whereby Ko-Ko will allow Nanki-Poo to marry Yum-Yum for one month, at the end of which Nanki-Poo will be executed, in time for the arrival of the Mikado. But what Ko-Ko doesn't know is that Nanki-Poo is the son of the Mikado and has run away to avoid a betrothal to an old harridan named Katisha. The arrival of the Mikado brings all the threads of the tale together. This is the Stratford Festival of Canada, directed by Brian Macdonald. This is a filmed version of a stage performance, and the sets are beautifully spare and economical.
Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams
This extraordinary video features in-concert performances from 1983, conceptual video clips and animation woven together in a fabulous "album" highlighting Eurythmics international smash hit "Sweet Dreams" and more. Songs: This is the House, Never Gonna Cry Again, Take Me To Your Heart, I've Got An Angel, Satellite Of Love, Love Is A Stranger [video], Who's That Girl, This City Never Sleeps, Jennifer, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) [video], I Could Give You a Mirror, Somebody Told Me, Wrap it Up, Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).
Mega-promoter Colin Beverly plans to sabotage the New Year's 1983 concert of small-time operator Max Wolfe. Wolfe's assistants Neil Allen and Willie Loman find romance while trying to save the drugs, violence, and rock and roll from Beverly's schemes.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live at the El Mocambo
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble burn it up at the El Mocambo, a small club, performing a small set list. During the concert Vaughan pulls off some Hendrix style guitar heroics. He does whammy bar tricks, bangs it on he floor, and makes noises with it. He also plays it behind his back.
The Pirates of Penzance
In spite of being apprenticed to a Pirate King as a child, Frederic has led a very sheltered life. So when he arrives in Cornwall with his boisterous shipmates, there are a few surprises in store for him!
U2: Live at Red Rocks - Under a Blood Red Sky
Recorded at the breathtakingly beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado in 1983, this concert features Irish rock sensation U2 and front man Bono in their early glory days. Including five previously unreleased songs and a director's commentary.
Fleetwood Mac in Concert - The Mirage Tour
Fleetwood Mac performs at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA, over two days, October 21 and 22, 1982. Hits from their classic Rumours album are performed, along with cuts from the 1975 Fleetwood Mac album, Tusk and Mirage.
UK/DK: A Film About Punks and Skinheads
Featuring interviews, live concert footage, and a feature on how punk was transformed from a trend to a way of life, UK/DK is a comprehensive look at the skinhead/punk movement. Some of the most notorious bands on the scene are featured, including The Exploited, The Vice Squad, The Adicts and many more.
Possibly in Michigan
A musical horror story about two young women who are stalked through a shopping mall by a cannibal. He follows them home, and here the victims become the aggressors.
Pink Floyd: The Final Cut
Pink Floyd released a 19-minute "video EP" in 1983 for The Final Cut, essentially four music videos in a continuous sequence, directed by Willie Christie, who was Roger Waters' brother-in-law. Scottish actor Alex McAvoy, who played the teacher in the film version of The Wall, had a prominent role in the video EP. Waters appears (though all but his mouth is silhouetted) as a patient singing the lyrics to a psychologist on the grounds of the Fletcher Memorial Home.
Say Amen, Somebody
Documentary on modern black gospel music, focusing on the pioneering Rev. Thomas Dorsey and Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith
Rocky Mountain Holiday with John Denver and the Muppets
Rocky Mountain Holiday is a one-hour musical variety special featuring John Denver and the Muppets, which aired on ABC on May 12, 1983. In the special, John and the Muppets go on a summer camping trip to the Rocky Mountains.
Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
As the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes, Big Bird decides to leave his Sesame Street friends behind in search of Snuffy. Once locked inside for the night, educational hilarity ensues as Big Bird and Snuffy team up to help a small Egyptian boy solve a riddle - as the rest of the cast searches for their big, yellow friend.
Pat Benatar : Live in New Haven
Rock-n-roll maven Pat Benatar performs live in concert on the 1983 "Get Nervous" world tour.
A Night with Lou Reed
A Lou Reed concert at the Bottom Line in New York City, 1983. Tracklist: Sweet Jane, I'm Waiting For The Man, Martial Law, Don't Talk To Me About Work, Women, Waves of Fear, Walk on the Wild Side, Turn Out the Lights, New Age, Kill Your Sons, Satellite of Love, White Light / White Heat, Rock And Roll.
Flamenco at 5:15
In this Oscar Winning documentary short film, students in their final year at the National Ballet School of Canada are seen learning the flamenco from Susana and Antonio Robledo, who come to the school every winter to conduct classes which are held after the day's regular schedule has ended.
Sprout Wings and Fly
Set in the North Carolina Appalachians, Sprout Wings and Fly honors the fiddle playing of 82-year-old Tommy Jarrell of Toast, NC. Tommy was quirky, gregarious and generous, and this film shows him at his best, in fine fiddling form.
Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story
TV movie based on the singer's life, under his mother's thumb, competing with the ghost of one of the most famous singers in C&W music history, and aspiring to rise above it all.
Up 'n' Coming
A rising young Country & Western singer gets a job as the opening act for a a veteran female country star. Soon the young girl is drawing much attention from the audiences and the record companies, and the older star doesn't like it one bit.
The Gold Diggers
An avant-garde examination of the relationship between women and money in society. Mixing musical, silent melodrama, and philosophical treatise into a post-punk, heady brew.
In this short film by Norman McLaren, dancers enact the Greek tragedy of Narcissus, the beautiful youth whose excessive self-love condemned him to a trapped existence. Skilfully merging film, dance and music, the film is a compendium of the techniques McLaren acquired over a lifetime of experimentation.
Shauna Grant's tragically short career was marked by several legendary films, most notably Suzie Superstar in which she plays a sexy rock singer at the top of the charts. Her overbearing manager played by John Leslie sparks an adventure filled with sex, betrayal, money, and love.
Janá?ek: Intimate Excursions
Janacek: Intimate Excursions is a short experimental documentary that attempts to find visual references in the correspondence of Leos Janacek, the Czechoslovak composer.
Short film on the dance phenomenon of "Electric Boogie", and about 4 boys, 2 black and 2 Puerto Rican, who dance it together in the streets of the South Bronx.
Wisconsin farm girl Elizabeth Carlson leaves family and her English teacher lover behind and escapes to New York. There she soon makes a career for herself as a fashion model. During a vernissage she's approached by a mysterious man whose motives are unclear...
Olivia Newton-John: In Concert
1982 concert taped for HBO: Songs Include : "Deeper Than The Night" "Let Me Be There" "Please Mister Please" "If You Love Me Let Me Know" "Jolene" "Sam" "Xanadu" "Magic" "Suddenly" "A Little More Love" "Silvery Rain" "Falling" "Heart Attack" "Make A Move On Me" "Hopelessly Devoted To You" "You're The One That I Want" "Physical" "I Honestly Love You"
Perry Como's Christmas in New York
Perry Como takes the Big Apple for Christmas.
Billy Joel: Live From Long Island
Taped at The Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, Long Island NY, on December 29, 1982. This 1983 VHS release from Fox/CBS includes the complete version of the concert originally taped for HBO.
When the Music's Over
Rare clips of performance and interviews by a multiple of stars, all prematurely lost.
A video of live performances by Chris & Cosy with visuals by John Lacey. Recorded during the CTI European tour of 1983. (throbbing-gristle.com)
Teatro Alla Scala 1983 production of three one-act operas from Puccini.
Sheena Easton: Act One
A variety special starring Sheena Easton.
Neil Young in Berlin
The Godfather of Grunge is captured live on his TRANS tour on this release filmed in Berlin in October 1982. The gravel-voiced, messy rock legend is as impassioned as ever, banging out 11 hits, including the classics "Hey Hey, My My," "Like a Hurricane," "Cinnamon Girl," and "Needle and the Damage Done" as well as such new songs as "Transformer Man" and "Computer Age."
Gil Scott-Heron, one of rap's earliest (and unfortunately unknown) pioneers, gets his full due in Black Wax, the 1982 documentary recently reissued on video. Interspliced between performance footage of Scott-Heron and his Midnight Band are vignettes of him walking around Washington D.C., spouting his views on then-President Reagan (dubbed "Ray-Gun") and generally dropping knowledge. The live performance features many of Scott-Heron's best-known hits, including "Johannesburg," "Winter in America," and "Angel Dust," among others. Warm, intelligent, and insightful throughout, Scott-Heron is clearly enjoying himself and the opportunity to espouse his views. A must for any fan of Scott-Heron's, and definitely worth a look for fans of the funkier jazz music of the mid to late 1970's.
The Magic of Herself the Elf
Herself must stop an evil king from upsetting the balance of nature in this animated adventure.
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style
A fascinating story of rock n roll told through the clothes of those who lived it! From Elvis to Bowie, ducktails to Mohawks, this is the definitive look at Rock n Roll fashion.
Rita Coolidge: All Time High
Music video for "All Time High" by Rita Coolidge, the theme song for the James Bond film Octopussy.
Thin Lizzy: Thunder and Lightning Tour
This is the long awaited 'Thunder And Lightning Tour'; the tour that was to prove Phil Lynott's and Thin Lizzy's last. The year is 1983, the venue Dublin and the stage is rockin'! To add to the already charged atmosphere of a concert in waiting, we have fast-forwarded in time to include nostalgic comment from Phil's band mates Brian Robertson and Eric Bell recalling their eventful times together, plus the indestructible footballing legend George Best and musician Brush Shiel, recalling their many memories of the rocker and friend. But all this is merely a prelude to what is a pulverising gig containing all conquering favourites such as 'Whiskey In The Jar' and 'Dancing In The Moonlight' and many more. The 'Thunder And Lightning Tour' is quite simply the greatest performance from a group who were at their electrifying best.
Elijah Moshinsky's production of Verdi's "Il trovatore", filmed live at the Australian Opera in 1983. Joan Sutherland stars as Leonora, with Kenneth Collins as Manrico, Jonathan Summers as Count di Luna, and Lauris Elms as Azucena. Richard Bonynge conducts the Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra.