From Right: Russell, Adams, and Bale on the set of ‘American Hustle’
David O. Russell is an audiophile. His passion for music reveals itself in his films and their carefully curated soundtracks. Exhibit A: Jennifer Lawrence belting out Wings’ “Live and Let Die” in American Hustle.
“The music is from the inside out,” he tells Yahoo Movies, explaining that Duke Ellington’s “Jeep’s Blues” was used in Hustle because Amy Adams and Christian Bale’s characters called for it. “Each thing is specific, as is ‘I Feel Love’ by Donna Summer and all the Jeff Lynne music from ELO [Electric Light Orchestra],” explains the 56-year-old director.
Music is so important to Russell, he blasts it during filming. “I play the music while we’re moving the camera. It’s very specific to the music. I write around it.”
So it follows that the American Hustle soundtrack is coming out on two 12-inch vinyl records, featuring six songs that aren’t on the CD. (Yahoo Movies is giving away three of these vinyl editions. See giveaway rules below.)
“I like having records,” says Russell, who admits to having an extensive collection of vinyl and multiple record players. “It’s a great diversion and passion of mine.” He forced that passion on his actors as part of the prep for Hustle. “I gave each of the cast members a record player and vinyl with records of what their characters were about and what their characters would have.”
His interest in fusing music with moving pictures started when he was a boy. “The Music Man was the first movie I ever saw in a movie theater that I just loved.” Other films that meet the criteria — his trifecta of character emotion, camera movement, and music — are The Graduate, and films by Federico Fellini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola. “The Godfather score is inseparable from the movie. … It all has a narcotic effect in a good way for me, meaning that it is very powerful.
“When you get inside a piece of narrative — because I will play pieces of movies as I will play pieces of songs — it’s like medicine… It actually rearranges your chemistry.”
The two-record American Hustle set comes out as a special release on Record Store Day, Nov. 28.
Photo: Columbia Pictures
Here’s how to enter the giveaway:
Step 1: Follow @yahoomovies on Twitter
Step 2: Tweet this message:
’70s music sounds better on vinyl, especially the new #AmericanHustle two-record set from @yahoomovies: http://yhoo.it/HustleVinyl #YGiveaway
Note: One entry per person/email address/Twitter handle.
Step 3: The giveaway ends 11:59 p.m. PT on November 25, 2014. Winners will be notified on Twitter and will receive a Direct Message with further information. Keep in mind, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
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