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Songs In The Key Of Los Angeles

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 9, 2013 12:00 AM
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I’m a sucker for vintage sheet music, but most of my favorite examples are movie-related. I never realized how many songs were written as paeans to the city of Los Angeles and its way of life...

I’VE HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 26, 2013 1:00 AM
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Filmmaker David O. Russell was thrilled that Jack White permitted him to use two of his songs on the soundtrack of "Silver Linings Playbook," but I was more excited to recognize Dave Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance,” which is directly followed by Les Paul and Mary Ford’s rendition of “The Moon of Manakoora,” as Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have their disastrous date at the neighborhood diner.

More On Movie Title Songs

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 14, 2012 1:00 AM
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Not long ago I wrote about “unsung” movie themes, as depicted on sheet music covers. The piece elicited quite a response, including a lovely note from Christa and Samantha Fuller, the widow and daughter of filmmaker Sam Fuller, whose theme to 'China Gate' (sung by the great Nat King Cole) I’d failed to mention.

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