“I’m a big collector of vinyl – I have a record room in my house – and I’ve always had a huge soundtrack album collection. So what I do, as I’m writing a movie, is go through all those songs, trying to find good songs for fights, or good pieces of music to layer into the film.” Quentin Tarantino.
Music and movies, movies and music. Both are complementary. Cinema needs songs and in some cases the scriptwriter or the director pay tribute to music and introduce scenes with records, turntables and vinyl collectors. Here’s a small selection of some turntables in movies.
– High Fidelity (2000)
Director: Stephen Frears.
Writers: Nick Hornby (book), D.V. DeVincentis (screenplay).
Stars: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso.
– Jackie Brown (1997)
Director: Quentin Tarantino.
Writers: Quentin Tarantino (written for the screen by), Elmore Leonard (novel).
Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster.
– Foul Play (1978)
Director: Colin Higgins.
Writer: Colin Higgins.
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith.
– Swing Kids (1993)
Director: Thomas Carter.
Writer: Jonathan Marc Feldman.
Stars: Robert Sean Leonard, Christian Bale, Frank Whaley.
– E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Director: Steven Spielberg.
Writer: Melissa Mathison.
Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote.
– The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Director: Wes Anderson.
Writers: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson.
Stars: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston.
– The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Director: Sofia Coppola.
Writers: Jeffrey Eugenides (novel), Sofia Coppola.
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods.
– American Hustle (2013)
Director: David O. Russell.
Writers: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell.
Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence.
– A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Director: Stanley Kubrick.
Writers: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Anthony Burgess (novel).
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates.
– Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Director: Wes Anderson.
Writers: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola.
Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis.
– Adua e le compagne (1960)
Director: Antonio Pietrangeli.
Writers: Ruggero Maccari (screenplay), Ruggero Maccari (story).
Stars: Simone Signoret, Marcello Mastroianni, Sandra Milo.
– Looper (2012)
Director: Rian Johnson.
Writer: Rian Johnson.
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt.
– Dr. No (1962)
Director: Terence Young.
Writers: Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Johanna Harwood (screenplay).
Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee.
– The Mechanic (2011)
Director: Simon West.
Writers: Richard Wenk (screenplay), Lewis John Carlino (screenplay).
Stars: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland.
– X-Men: First Class (2011)
Director: Matthew Vaughn.
Writers: Ashley Miller (screenplay) (as Ashley Edward Miller), Zack Stentz (screenplay).
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence.
– Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Director: J.J. Abrams.
Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman.
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana.
– Annabelle (2014)
Director: John R. Leonetti.
Writer: Gary Dauberman
Stars: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard.
– Warm Bodies (2013)
Director: Jonathan Levine.
Writers: Jonathan Levine (screenplay), Isaac Marion (novel).
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich.
– Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Director: Sydney Pollack.
Writers: James Grady (novel), Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay).
Stars: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson.
– It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Director: Frank Capra.
Writers: Frances Goodrich (screenplay), Albert Hackett (screenplay).
Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore.
– The Destructors (1974)
Director: Robert Parrish.
Writer: Judd Bernard.
Stars: Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, James Mason.
– Equilibrium (2002)
Director: Kurt Wimmer.
Writer: Kurt Wimmer.
Stars: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson.
– The Dressmaker (2015)
Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse.
Writers: Rosalie Ham (novel), P.J. Hogan.
Stars: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth.
– Dirty Dancing (1987)
Director: Emile Ardolino.
Writer: Eleanor Bergstein.
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach.
– In This Our Life (1942)
Director: John Huston.
Writers: Howard Koch (screenplay), Ellen Glasgow (novel).
Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent.
– The Conversation (1974)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola.
Writer: Francis Ford Coppola.
Stars: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield.
– Drinking Buddies (2013)
Director: Joe Swanberg.
Writer: Joe Swanberg.
Stars: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick.
Director: Clint Eastwood.
Writers: Jo Heims (screenplay), Dean Riesner (screenplay).
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills.
– Bedazzled (1967)
Director: Stanley Donen.
Writers: Peter Cook (screenplay), Peter Cook (story).
Stars: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Eleanor Bron.
– Play It Again, Sam (1972)
Director: Herbert Ross.
Writers: Woody Allen (based on the play by), Woody Allen (screenplay).
Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts.