As explained by altadefinizione, In Damian Chazelle’s 2014 drama, Whiplash talks about an ambitious and passionate music student by the name of Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) who wanted to rise from the top and become one of the greats. He was discovered by Terence Fletcher; an instructor is known for his terrifying methods and the leader of the jazz ensemble. As Andrew became part of Fletcher’s band, his desire for perfection turned into an obsession and with his notorious teacher continually pushing him to the limits of his ability and the edge of his sanity. That said, the movie begs the question of how much you are willing to sacrifice to pursue greatness and how much you’d push someone to something of that magnitude.
Latcho Drom (1993)
Latcho Drom, meaning a safe journey, is a documentary film written and directed by Tony Gatliff. It talks about the journey of Romani people from India to Spain. As the Romani people traveled to Spain through Egypt, the film gives the viewers a glimpse of the Gypsy culture through music and dance of the people they have come across during their travels. The narration of this beautiful film is in the music itself, with lyrics, rhythm, and dance that draws the viewers to their colorful and lively culture, and take their breath away.
Little Voice (1998)
This 1998 film by Mark Herman is a film filled with the perfect blend of drama, comedy, romance, and most importantly, music. It follows the story of a young girl (Little Voice) who does not talk much but expresses herself through singing and performing other people’s timeless songs like that of Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Billie Holiday. The film captures the thrilling desire of performing and finding one’s identity and voice by covering timeless songs. The talented Jane Horrocks who played the character of Little Voice certainly brought life to the film with her vocal mimicry whilst performing beside her splendid acting.
The Kids Are Alright (1979)
This 1979 documentary by Jeff Stein tells of a rather intriguing story of the English rock band The Who. It showcases the overview of the band’s career – from promotional footage, TV appearances, concerts, tours, and fan meets to their studio and daily lives. What’s intriguing in this film is that this rockumentary is created from the perspective of a fan with the cooperation of the band themselves. They even made at least a couple of exclusive concerts for the purpose of filming. This film indeed showcases the band’s influence on their music and what it took to create some of the greatest rock pieces at the time.
Bird is an inspiring film directed by actor Clint Eastwood who also happens to be a fan of jazz. This film is about the brilliant musical mind of Charlie Parker (Forest Whitaker) and his struggles of self-loathing, addiction, and racism. Despite meeting ends meet at a young age, viewers can’t help but express their respect and admiration towards Parker and what he has accomplished given the circumstances and what he had to fight against.