Movies with Classical Guitar Music List
A while back Bill posed the question to the Classical
Guitar Mailing List and the list below was the result.
** note - this info has been mildly
edited and may contain errors from the re-formatting of the e-mail that Bill sent me.
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- Barefoot Contessa, Also Known As La Contessa Scalza, 1954, in English, rated 7.1
on a 10 point scale, Directed by Joseph L.Mankiewicz, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ava
Gardner, music by Mario Nascimbene, Guitarist ??, Plot Summary Hasbeen movie director
Harry Dawes gets a new lease on his career when Kirk Edwards hires him to write and direct
a film. They go to Madrid to find Maria Vargas, a dancer who will star in the film to be
shot in Rome. Millionaire Alberto Bravano takes Maria from Kirk. Count Vincenzo
Torlato-Favrini takes Maria from Alberto.
- Orfeu Negro, (1959), Directed by Marcel Camus,Original music by Antonio Carlos
and Luiz Bonfá, The song JobimManha de Carnaval is from that film of course., 9.1/10,
Also Known As
- Black Orpheus (1959), Orfeo negro (1959) (Italy), Orfeu do Carnaval (1959),
Orphée noir (1959) (France), Language Portuguese, Plot Outline A retelling of the Orpheus
and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
- Blame it on the Bellboy, 1992, Directed by Mark Herman, rated 6.1/10, in English,
Guildhall String Ensemble, John Williams guitar solo, Plot Summary Messrs Lawton (a
hit-man), Horton (expecting some middle-aged dating agency nooky) and Orton (checking out
properties for his boss) converge on the Hotel Gabriella in Venice. Linguistic mix-ups by
the staff mean each of the trio get wrong instructions for the next day. So Horton meets
up with puzzled estate agent Caroline to see what she's offering, Orton attempts to make a
gang of hoods an offer they can't refuse on their villa, while Lawton sets off to rub out
a lonely-hearts lady from Huddersfield.
- Blood and Sand, 1941, in English, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, Music by Alfred
Newman, Starring Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell, 7.6 on a 10 scale, guitarist Vincent
Gomez, Plot Summary Bullfighter Juan Gallardo falls for socialite Dona Sol, turning from
the faithful Carmen who nevertheless stands by her man as he continues to face real danger
in the bullring.
- By the Sword, 1991, Directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan, 7.7/10, starring F. Murray
Abraham, in English, CG was played by Angel Romero. Plot Summary A mysterious man, Suba,
gets himself a job at a fencing academy, and as he learns the way of the students, the
school, and its maestro, they learn that there's more to him than meets the eye. He gains
(or regains?) his fencing skills and his philosophy of teaching clashes with the
maestro's. As they are thrown into conflict, Suba and the maestro's past appear to be
linked. And the resolution of their mysterious relationship may be a duel to the death.
- Caravan to Vaccares, 1974, in English, Directed by Geoffrey Reeve, rated 4.0 on a
10 scale, from a novel by Alistair MacLean, music by Stanley Myers, guitarist is Manitas
de Plata? Manitas is a traveling gypsy guitarist who plays for just a few seconds and then
gets shot, probably by a flamenco purist. Summary not available
- Carmen, 1983, Directed by Carlos Saura, Italian, rated 8.5 on 10 scale, Original
music by Tiresa Nieto, / Paco de Lucia plays "Paco"., Plot Summary A group of
flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very Spanish version of the Prosper Merimee's drama.
Antonio (the choreographer) falls in love with Carmen (the main dancer). Their story then
turns similar to the play.
- Cinema Paradiso, also known as Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, 1988, Directed by Giuseppe
Tornatore, Italian film, in English and Italian, rated 8.3 on 10 scale, Original music by
Andrea Morricone and Ennio Morricone, Enrio Morricone uses a lot of classic guitar sound.
No solo guitar playing, but definitely playing lead in a lot of tunes. Plot Summary A
famous film director returns home to a Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30
years. He reminisces about his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo, the
projectionist, first brought about his love of films. He is also reminded of his lost
teenage love, Elena, who he had to leave before he left for Rome.
- Como Agua para Chocolate (e.g. Like Water for Chocolate), 1992, directed by
Alfonso Arau, in Spanish, 7.9 on a 10 scale, original music by Leo Brouwer.Orchestral and
maybe some guitar. Plot Summary This movie is about how life used to be in Mexico. It is a
love story between Pedro and Tita, and why they couldn't get married because Tita's mother
wanted her oldest daughter to get married first, and have Tita to stay and take care of
her. It shows how marriage was imposed on those times, and how a love between two people
can change everything. This picture set a new epoch in Mexican movies all over the world.
- CrissCross, 1992, Directed by Chris Menges, starring Goldie Hawn, 5.7/10, John
Williams has guitar solo, Plot Summary Set in 1969, a twelve-year-old grows up in Key West
with his mother, who is paying the bills by stripping at the local topless bar. The boy
finds out about her activities and tries to convince her to stop, to no avail. A local
restaurant owner hires him to collect fish from a boat out in the bay, and the boy
discovers that the restaurant owner is using the fish to bring drugs in to shore. He
steals one load and goes about selling it so his mother can afford to quit her job.
- Crossroads, 1986, rated 7.3 on 10 scale, in English, Directed by Walter Hill,
starring Ralph Macchio, Plot Summary Eugene is an extraordinary talent in classic guitar,
but he dreams of being a famous Blues guitarist. So he investigates to find a storied lost
song. He asks the legendary Blues musician Willie Brown to help him, but Willie demands to
free him from the old-people's prison first and to really learn the blues on the way to
it's origin New Orleans. Eugene doesn't know yet about Willie's deal with the devil, that
he now wants to revoke. William (Bill) Kanengiser (often mis-spelled as
Kanengieser) is guitarist
- Deadfall, 1968, English, Directed by Bryan Forbes, Plot Outline Cat burglar Henry
Clarke and his accomplices the Moreaus attempt to steal diamonds from the chateau of
millionaire Salinas. music by John Barry, Barry also plays part of symphony conductor,
soloist Renata Tarrago,
- Deer Hunter, 1978, Directed by Michael Cimino, 8.1/10, starring Robert deNero, in
English, Original music by Stanley Meyers, John Williams plays theme song (Cavatina), Plot
Summary Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who get
drafted to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela and their
wedding-party is also the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors the three
friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they
are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them
to escape, but they soon get separated again.
- Don Juan de Marco, 1995, Directed by Jeremy Leven, in English, starring Johnny
Depp and Marlin Brando. guitar Julian Bream?, Plot Summary A young man (who is the
legendary Don Juan?), comes to New York in search of his lost love. Feeling like he has
nothing to live for, he attempts to commit suicide from atop a billboard. Dr. Mickler,
(played by Marlon Brando), is a soon retiring psychiatrist who helps Don Juan (Johnny
Depp), come to his senses. He brings the costumed boy to the psychiatric hospital, in
hopes of helping Don Juan find his identity. The doctor works with him for ten days, in
which Don tells his life story. Mickler begins to believe that the young man is truly Don
Juan, but the rest of the staff doesn't agree. The doctor knows that the only way out for
Don Juan, is to pretend he's an average boy whose fantasy got the best of him.
- Fish Called Wanda, A, 1988, Directed by Charles Crichton, rating 7.6/10, Writing
credits John Cleese (story) and Charles Crichton, starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis,
Kevin Kline and Michael Palin. John Williams, guitar soloist. Plot Summary Sexy American
diamonds lover Wanda and her boyfriend Otto are in England to plot alongside George and
Ken the robbery of a diamond collection. Wanda and Otto want the stolen diamonds for
themselves, and inform the police about George not knowing that he has already moved the
diamonds to another secret place. Wanda thinks the best way to find out is by getting
close to George's lawyer - Archie Leach.
- Great Expectations, 1998, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, 6.8/10, Ethan Hawke,
Gwyneth Paltrow, John Williams is guitar soloist, Plot Summary Based on Charles Dickens'
timeless tale, this is a story of the love of a man for an unreachable woman. Updated to
modern day New York City, the story concerns a man of modest background who falls in love
with a rich girl. But when a mysterious benefactor greenlights the man to make his dreams
come true, everything done has the ultimate goal of making Estella fall in love with
- Jeux Interdit, 1951, Also Known As Forbidden Games (1951)
Secret Game, The (1951), in French, Directed by René Clément, rating 9.1/10, Romance-
original music composed and played by Narciso Yepes. Plot Summary A girl of perhaps five
or six is orphaned in an air raid while fleeing a French city with her parents early in
World War II. She is befriended by a pre-adolescent peasant boy after she wandered away
from the other refugees, and is taken in for a few weeks by his family. The children
become fast friends, and the film follows their attempt to assimilate the deaths they both
face, and the religious rituals surrounding those deaths, through the construction of a
cemetery for all sorts of animals. Child-like and adult activity are frequently at
cross-purposes, however. A free PDF score - a simple edition of Spanish/Anonymous
Romance along with a list of comparable pieces is located on the Romance
- Kramer Vs. Kramer, 1979, Directed by Robert Benton, 7.2/10, in English , starring
Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Scott Kuney and Frederick W. Hand are street musicians,
Original music by Herb Harris, Additional music by Henry Purcell, Antonio Vivaldi, Plot
Summary Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife
Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the
tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy. When he has
learned to adjust his life to these new responsibilities, Joanna resurfaces and wants
Billy back. Ted however refuses to give him up, so they go to court to fight for the
custody of their son.
- La Petite Chose, 1938, Directed by Maurice Cloche, in French , from novel by
Robert Destez, guitar by Ida Presti?, Original music by Germaine Tailleferre, no other
- Milagro Beanfield War, 1988, directed by Robert Redford, 7.3/10, in English ,
Original music by Dave Grusin, Plot Summary In Milagro, a small town in the American
Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby
Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom realize that this will result in the
eventual displacement of the local Hispanic farmers, they cannot arouse much opposition
because of the short term opportunities offered by construction jobs. But when Joe
Mondragon illegally diverts water to irrigate his bean field, the local people support him
because of their resentment of water use laws that favor the rich like Devine. When the
Governor sends in ruthless troubleshooter Kyril Montana to settle things quickly before
the lucrative development is cancelled, a small war threatens to erupt. Angel Romero is
- Salaire de la peur, Le, Also Known As Salario della paura, Il (1953) (Italy
alternative title), Vite vendute (1953) (Italy), Wages of Fear (1953), Wages of Fear, The
(1953), directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, 9.1/10, Original music by Georges Auric, in
French, Plot Summary In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerene are needed at
a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A
tense rivallry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the
slightest jolt can result in death. Guitarist unknown.
- Stevie, 1978, Directed by Robert Enders, starring Glenda Jackson, Plot Summary
This movie portrays British poet/author Stevie Smith (Glenda Jackson) and her life with
her beloved aunt (Mona Washbourne) through direct dialogue with the audience by Stevie, as
well as flashbacks, and narration by a friend (Trevor Howard). The movie mainly focuses on
her relationship with her aunt, romantic relationships of the past, and the fame she
received late in her life. , J.Williams on guitar?
- Under Fire, 1983, directed by Roger Spottiswoode, 7.7/10, score by Jerry
Goldsmith, in English, "Dear John" Composed and Performed by Pat Metheny. .Plot
Summary Nicaragua 1979 Star photographer Russel Price covers the civil war against
president Somoza. Facing the cruel fighting - people versus army - it's often hard for him
to stay neutral. When the Guerillas have him take a picture of the leader Rafael, who's
believed to be dead, he gets drawn into the happenings. Together with his reporter friends
Claire and Alex he has to hide from the army.