Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Film directors as songwriters

Leo McCarey directs The Good Sam, starring Gary Cooper and Ann Sheridan.

A sympathetic feature: film directors as songwriters.

Charles Chaplin (Modern Times, Limelight, A Countess from Hong Kong)
Leo McCarey (Good Sam, An Affair to Remember)
Erkki Karu (lyrics for "Auringon lapset" / ["Children of the Sun"], lyrics for "Lemmen liekki leimahtaa" ["The Flame of Love Is Burning"] in Syntipukki, lyrics for Voi meitä! Anoppi tulee, Meidän poikamme ilmassa - me maassa)
Jean Renoir ("La Complainte de la Butte" in French CanCan, Elena et les hommes)
Julien Duvivier (lyrics co-written for "Java des petits potes" in La Tête d'un homme, "Quand on s'promène au bord de l'eau" in La belle équipe)
Hasse Ekman (Med dej i mina armar, Swing it, magistern, En fluga gör ingen sommar)
Helmut Käutner (the German lyrics for "La paloma" in Grosse Freiheit Nr 7, Film ohne Titel, Bildnis einer Unbekannten, Monpti, Ein Glas Wasser, Der Traum von Lieschen Müller)
Jerry Lewis (The Bellboy)
Henri Colpi (lyrics for "Trois petites notes de musique" in Une aussi longue absence)
Jacques Demy (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)
Jukka Virtanen (Noin 7 veljestä, Näköradiomiehen ihmeelliset siekailut, Pohjan tähteet)
Hans Alfredson (Svenska bilder, Äppelkriget, Picassos äventyr; his songs are played in Låt den rätte komma in, Monica Z)
Mel Brooks ("Springtime for Hitler" in The Producers, Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, History of the World Part I which also inspired the "It's Good to Be the King Rap", To Be Or Not To Be: in "Hitler Rap" which does not appear in the film Brooks managed to mix Lubitsch with Chaplin as The Great Dictator, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights)
Vilgot Sjöman (Lyckliga skitar)
David Lynch (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire)
Julien Temple (Absolute Beginners)
Pedro Almodóvar (Laberinto de pasiones, Entre tinieblas, La ley del deseo, ¡Átame!, Tacones lejanos)
Lars von Trier (Epidemic, Europa, Dancer in the Dark)
Jim Jarmusch (Gimme Danger)
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing)
Leos Carax (lyrics co-written with Neil Hannon for Kylie Minogue's "Who Were We?" in Holy Motors)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Helmut Käutner: "La paloma" (1943)

Ein Wind weht von Süd
Und zieht mich hinaus auf See.
Mein Kind, sei nicht traurig,
Tut der Abschied auch weh.
Mein Herz geht an Bord
Und fort muß die Reise geh'n,
Dein Schmerz wird vergeh'n
Und schön wird das Wiederseh'n.

Mich trägt die Sehnsucht fort
In die blaue Ferne,
Unter mir Meer
Und über mir Nacht und Sterne.
Vor mir die Welt, so treibt mich
Der Wind des Lebens.
Wein nicht, mein Kind,
Die Tränen, die sind vergebens!

Auf, Matrosen, ohe!
Einmal muß es vorbei sein.
Einmal holt uns die See
Und das Meer gibt keinen von uns zurück.
Seemanns Braut ist die See
Und nur ihr kann er treu sein.
Wenn der Sturmwind sein Lied singt,
Dann winkt mir der Großen Freiheit Glück.

Wie blau ist das Meer,
Wie groß kann der Himmel sein?
Ich schau hoch vom Mastkorb
Weit in die Welt hinein.
Nach vorn geht mein Blick,
Zurück darf kein Seemann schau'n.
Kap Horn liegt auf Lee,
Jetzt heißt es Gott vertrau'n.

Seemann, gib acht. im Strahl
Da als Gruß des Friedens
Hell in die Nacht
Das leuchtende Kreuz des Südens.
Schroff ist das Riff,
Und schnell geht ein Schiff zugrunde,
Früh oder spät
Schlägt jedem von uns die Stunde.

Auf, Matrosen, ohe!
Einmal muß es vorbei sein.
Einmal holt uns die See
Und das Meer gibt keinen von uns zurück.
Seemanns Braut ist die See
Und nur ihr kann er treu sein.
Wenn der Sturmwind sein Lied singt,
Dann winkt mir der Großen Freiheit Glück.

Mel Brooks: To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap)

hi there people
you know me

I used to run a little joint called Germany.
I was number one
the people's choice
And everybody listened to my mighty voice.
My name is Adolf
I'm on the mike.
I'm gonna hip you to the story of the New Third Reich.
It all began down in Munich town and pretty soon
The word started gettin' around.
So I said to Martin BormanN
I said
Hey Marty, why don't we throw a little Nazi party?
We had an election
kinda sorta
And before you knew it hello
new order.
To all those mothers in the fatherland I said
Achtung, Baby, I got me a plan

'Whatcha got Adolf? Whatcha gonna do?"
I said "how about this one
World War Two?"

To be or not to be
oh baby
can't you see

We're gonna take it to the top. You're making history
And it feels so good to me
ooh darlin'
please don't ever stop.
Don't be stupid; be a smarty
come on and join the nazi party - party.
Like humpty dumpty offa that wall

All the little countries they began to fall
The troops were rockin' and the tanks were rollin'

We were swingin' along with a song in our hearts.
And "Deutschland über alles" was making the charts

We had a new step called a goosestep we were dancing to.
it's sorta kinda like a German boogaloo

I was gettin' what I wanted
but it wasn't enough.
So I called the boys
I said boys
get though

Now I surrounded myself with some unusual cats.
There was skinny little Göbbels and Göring mister fats

And let's not forget ole Himmler and Hess.
You'd better believe we made a hell of a mess

Say Heil - Heil - siegety Heil
we gonna whip it on the people Teutonic style
To be or not to be
oh baby
can't you see

We're gonna make it to the top. You are our destiny

This thing was meant to be
why don't we do it till we drop?
Say you boots ain't black and shirt ainY brown?
get back Jack
you can't get down. Do it
do it.
I drank wine from the Rhine with the finest ladies

And we did it in the back of my black Mercedes.

I was on a roll
I couldn't lose
then came D-day
the birth of the blues.
The Yanks and the Brits started raising Cain

Those guys were the pits
I was goin' insane.
People all around me started swallowing pills

Let's face it
we was going downhill.
Berlin was crumbling
we was under the gun

Time to look out for number one.
So I grabbed a blonde and a case of beer

Say the Russians are commin'
lets get out of here.

To be or not to be
oh honey
can't you see

We had to take it to the top. You sure made history
And it felt so good to me
oh Schatze

Please don't ever stop.

Auf Wiedersehn
good to've seen ya

I got a one way ticket to Argentina.
To be or not to be
oh baby
can't you see

We've got to take it to the top. You're makin' history
And it feels so good to me

Why don't we do it till we drop?
We have ways of making you dance . . .
- Sprechen Sie Argentinian ?

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/m/melbrookslyrics/tobeornottobethehitlerraplyrics.html

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