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What's the best movie without music?

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Initial post: Oct 21, 2011, 3:47:42 PM PDT
What is the best movie without music (as in no score, theme, end music--nothing)?

My vote is Fail-safe (Special Edition).

Posted on Oct 21, 2011, 7:48:14 PM PDT
The best, I couldn't tell you. That's like something that's voted on, or universally agreed upon.

My favorite would be Hitchcock's The Birds.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011, 9:58:22 AM PDT
TallGuy says:
"Rear Window" with Jimmy Stewart really didn't have a movie soundtrack to it. It was more of a "play" made into a movie. It was very effective, though. It had music for beginning and ending credits, but almost none the whole rest of the movie, if I recall correctly, with the exception of the very last 3 minutes of the movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2011, 11:14:10 AM PDT
That sounds right; the only music during the action of the movie was stuff that the neighbor(s) played on a radio ... or on a piano (like that tune that enchanted Lisa). I don't recall a score.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011, 8:33:52 AM PST
Laust Cawz says:
"Rope" (1948)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012, 2:12:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2012, 2:14:33 AM PDT
I'll give my top dozen or so. . .

'Le Trou' (Jacques Becker, 1960)
'Diary of a Chambermaid' (Luis Buñuel, 1964)
'The Birds' (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963)
'Marooned' (John Sturges, 1969)
'Atlantic City, U.S.A.' (Louis Malle, 1980)
'Belle de Jour' (Luis Buñuel, 1967)
'Rope' (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948)
'Executive Suite' (Robert Wise, 1954)
'The Son' (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 2002)
'Counsellor-at-Law' (William Wyler, 1933)
'No Country for Old Men' (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2007)
'Le Petit Lieutenant' (Xavier Beauvois, 2005)
'All Quiet on the Western Front' (Lewis Milestone, 1930)
'Wanda' (Barbara Loden, 1970)

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 2:17:20 AM PDT
Re: "0 of 1 people [don't] think..."

Gee, that sure was quick mute rejection!

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 7:14:36 AM PDT
It's wacko, that voting feature. It enables people (without the balls to reply) to think they have some power.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012, 7:22:41 AM PDT
C. J. Vasta says:
So you think it's mostly women that use the feature?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012, 7:28:17 AM PDT
No. I meant that as a metaphor for gumption or guts. Guess I should have said "without the courage to reply".

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 7:30:16 AM PDT
I'm trying to remember if there was a score to "Eraserhead" but I can only remember the goofy organ music that sometimes was heard.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 11:57:04 AM PDT
Green Meanie says:
84 Charlie Mopic.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 12:43:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2012, 12:47:12 PM PDT
Quexos says:
the eeriness and unease of both Funny Games
and Dogtooth is greatly enhanced by their "scorelessness"

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012, 7:33:37 PM PDT
Baron on 'Eraserhead'...

I think Lynch would argue that all that industrial noise in the background was a "score" or sorts.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012, 7:37:41 PM PDT
'Dogtooth', yeah! That's a good one. I still can't believe the Oscars nominated something so ... Greek to them!! Such a wonderfully strange film.

Although, thinking back, that Jon Zorn track played over the front and end credits of the 'Funny Games' remake, that post-punk/metal song, that would have to count as a score. Although only during the credits,so we'll make an exception!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012, 8:56:58 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012, 1:00:28 PM PDT
Right, Jonathan, and I'd tend to agree with him. It adds a lot to the mood.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012, 6:19:02 PM PDT
"Fail-Safe" (1964). A great move -- not a note of music.
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