We delve ever-further into the realm of film music. This time, we’re looking at soundtracks, rather than scores, and talking about popular music from popular films. Most of what we’re looking at is definitely of a certain stripe — quite a bit from Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino films — but the music is all good, even if your opinion of the director might be less than high.
For those unfamiliar with the material discussed in the collected essays of Richard Dyer‘s In the Space of a Song: The Uses of Song In Film, I would highly suggest a viewing party before reading each section. While quite familiar with Meet Me In St. Louis, I was astounded at the depth to which Dyer gets with his dissection of the film. Having never seen A Star Is Born, I was hopelessly lost as to what Dyer was specifically referring. Having a fresh image of the films spoken of will make this a much easier read.