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July 18, 2009


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You must promise to return, and soon! Which movies have your favorite closing credits and/or closing songs? I like the way Gene Kelly's rendition of "Singing in the Rain" orchestrates the end of "A Clockwork Orange." The identification of the dramatis personae in "Citizen Kane" is sublime. Nice, too, the way "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" caps off the first couple of "Die Hard" films. The risk in having Sinatra at the end (e.g., "It's Nice to Go Traveling" at the end of a Kurt Russell / Halle Berry thriller) is that the song may be the best thing about the movie.

Kelly and Clockwork - that's a good one.

What comes to mind for me...a beautiful guitar-laden instrumental at the end of Pedro Almodovar's Volver; Gershwin in Woody Allen's Manhattan (it's the soundtrack for the whole movie!) or how Allen sometimes ends his lighter fare with that swingy, old-time jazz. For television: I like how the endings of True Blood and Mad Men, for example, play songs that peripherally, or directly, connect to the storyline. Last week, TB rolled its credits over "Scratches" by blues guitarist Debbie Davies.

Yes, yes, yes! Soundtrack of Woody's "Manhattan" is great all the way through & in general his choices are superb. Favorite "Mad Men" conclusions: Johnny Mathis with "What'll I Do?"; Jack Jones (Roses and Lollipops, I think -- real early 60s fare); and Marilyn Monroe, "I'm Through with Love." It would be nice to splice together a bunch of Sinatra opening and closing credits, e.g. "Let's Get Away from It All" at the start of "This Boy's Life" and "Fly Me to the Moon" (opening of "Wall Street") and "Young at Heart" at the end of (I think) "The front" with Woody facing down the creeps at HUAC.

Good idea: a Sinatra closing credit mixed tape!

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