Favorite Movie Music Scenes Part 3: Moulin Rouge, Bueller, Almost Famous

“ELEPHANT LOVE MEDLEY”   from MOULIN ROUGE

I’m not a big fan of musicals, too many of those cheesy scenes where they’re walking down the street and suddenly break into song about what they should have for lunch today.    But you can’t deny the artistry of Moulin Rouge.   From the vibrant colors in every scene, intricate detail of the clothing and scenery in Paris, to the unforgettable new versions of classic songs.   Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman debate the power of silly love songs with a beautiful duet that borrows lyrics from The Beatles, U2, Bowie, Sweet, and Elton John.

“DANKE SCHOEN / TWIST AND SHOUT” from   FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

Who didn’t want to be Ferris Bueller in the 80’s?   He was always one step ahead of his parents, principal, and friends.   From his creative intricate plan to skip school, fool his parents of how sick he was, sneak his girlfriend out of class, even get his best friend’s dad priceless car for the day.   One memorable scene was when Ferris disappeared for a few minutes and turned up on the Chicago Parade.    Here’s the extended scene:

“TINY DANCER”    from ALMOST FAMOUS

After just seeing Elton John in concert, this song has been in my head all week.   In the movie, Almost Famous, the band was exhausted, everyone was getting on each other’s nerves, and the long bus ride home ahead wasn’t making anyone happy.    The bus stereo was playing “Tiny Dancer” and before long, everyone was singing along, smiling, and remembering that no what happens in life, great music and good friends heal old wounds.

“AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH”    from  REMEMBER THE TITANS

Set in the 60’s with the backdrop of the racial strife in the South,the all-white Titans high school football team got a black head coach who went against tradition and added black players to their roster.  Add in some homophobia and the team’s biggest struggle wasn’t winning games but learning to get along and play as one team.   In one of the best scenes, the guys share some male bonding with a classic Motown song.   Check out a young Ryan Gosling in the scene.   Fun Fact:  Hayden Panettiere played the young girl in the film.

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  1. “Tiny dancer” is my favorite!! I know I’m an absolute nut over “Elephant Love Medley” but “Tiny dancer” has some really fond memories. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this blog!! 😀 😀 😀

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