World Music Day: Five Nostalgic and Wonderful Films Where Musicality Is Thematic Keynote
World Music Day: Five Nostalgic and Wonderful Films Where Musicality Is Thematic Keynote

World Music Day, on JUNE 21 every year, also known as Fête de la Musique, is a celebration of music that transcends borders and cultures, uniting people through the universal language of melodies and rhythms. As we celebrate this day, what better way to immerse ourselves in the spirit of music than by watching films where musicality takes center stage? Here are five outstanding movies that showcase the power and beauty of music:

1. Whiplash (2014)
Directed by Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash" is an intense drama that delves into the pursuit of musical greatness. The film follows a young drummer, Andrew Neiman (played by Miles Teller), who aspires to become one of the greats under the tutelage of a relentless and abusive jazz instructor, Terence Fletcher (played by J.K. Simmons). The movie explores themes of ambition, obsession, and the sacrifices one makes for their art, all set against the backdrop of the pulsating rhythms of jazz music.

2. La La Land (2016)
Another gem by Damien Chazelle, "La La Land" is a modern musical that captures the dreams and challenges of aspiring artists in Los Angeles. Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the film tells the story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, as they struggle to make their careers while navigating a budding romance. The film's music, composed by Justin Hurwitz, weaves seamlessly into the narrative, making it a beautiful homage to classic Hollywood musicals.

3. Amadeus (1984)
Directed by Milos Forman, "Amadeus" is a historical drama that explores the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as seen through the envious eyes of his rival, Antonio Salieri. The film vividly brings to life the 18th-century Viennese court and showcases Mozart's genius and Salieri's envy and admiration. The exquisite soundtrack features many of Mozart's most famous works, making it a treat for both the eyes and ears.

4. The Sound of Music (1965)
Directed by Robert Wise, "The Sound of Music" is a beloved musical that has stood the test of time. Set in Austria during the rise of Nazism, the film tells the story of Maria, a young woman studying to become a nun who becomes the governess of a widowed naval captain's seven children. The film's iconic music, composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, includes timeless songs like "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," and the title song, "The Sound of Music."

5. Once (2007)
Directed by John Carney, "Once" is a romantic musical drama that follows the story of a struggling street musician (played by Glen Hansard) and a Czech immigrant (played by Markéta Irglová) who begin writing songs together in Dublin. The film captures their musical journey and their evolving relationship, with an emphasis on the healing power of music. The film's original songs, composed and performed by Hansard and Irglová, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly."

On this World Music Day, immerse yourself in the world of these wonderful films where musicality is not just a backdrop, but the very heart of the story. Whether you prefer intense dramas like "Whiplash," romantic musicals like "La La Land" and "Once," or historical epics like "Amadeus," each of these movies celebrates the transformative power of music and reminds us of its universal appeal. So grab some popcorn, turn up the volume, and let the music take you on a cinematic journey like no other. Happy World Music Day!

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