20th Century Women O.s.t.Soundtrack
- ROGER NEILL - Santa Barbara, 1979
- TALKING HEADS - Don't Worry About the Government
- LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS HOT FIVE - Basin Street Blues
- THE RAINCOATS - Fairytale In the Supermarket
- SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES - Love In a Void
- ROGER NEILL - Modern People
- BENNY GOODMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA - In A Sentimental Mood
- GERMS - Media Blitz
- DAVID BOWIE - D.J.
- ROGER NEILL - All of My Objects
- SANDY WILLIAMS - After Hours On Dream Street
- SUICIDE - Cheree
- FRED ASTAIRE - This Heart of Mine
- DEVO - Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy
- ROGER NEILL - Everything On Television
- TALKING HEADS - The Big Country
- RUDY VALLEE & HIS CONNECTICUT YANKEES - As Time Goes By
- THE BUZZCOCKS - Why Can't I Touch It?
- ROGER NEILL - The Politics of Orgasm
With 20th Century Women, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (Academy Award®-winning Beginners and music videos for Moby, Yoko Ono and Air), delivers a funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives. The film was recently nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for this year’s Golden Globe awards®. 20th Century Women hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Christmas Day, and nationwide January 20.
Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening, 2017 Golden Globe® Nominee - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) in 1979, a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor.
The soundtrack reflects the film’s time period with music from artists who helped define the era. Talking Heads feature prominently on the soundtrack, which includes two of the band’s songs: “Don’t Worry About The Government” from Talking Heads: 77, the group’s debut on Sire Records, and “Big Country,” the closing track from the band’s 1978 follow-up, More Songs About Buildings and Food.
“Music is part of the culture of each character. It’s part of their history, and it’s also, really, a part of their storytelling, says Mills in a recent Entertainment Weekly article. He also speaks about the important roll scenes from classic Hollywood films play in the movie, especially Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca staring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The final scene of 20th Century Women plays homage to the 1942 black-and-white romance.
“Casablanca and Bogart are so important to Dorothea’s character,” Mills said. “To me, it defines the film in a way. [As characters, they’re like] ‘As Time Goes By’ meets the Buzzcocks… we were editing the movie and we said ‘Dorothea and Jamie were kind of like Rick and Ilsa.’ It’s this love story, really, between two people, that isn’t really going to work out in the traditional sense of a love story.”
The late-Seventies musical mix highlights American groups like Suicide (“Cheree”), Devo (“Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy”), and Germs (“Media Blitz”), as well as English artists like The Raincoats (“Fairytale In The Supermarket”), Siouxsie and the Banshees (“Love In A Void”), and David Bowie (“DJ.”)
The track list for MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE: 20th CENTURY WOMEN is also peppered with music from the Thirties and Forties, with songs by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (“In A Sentimental Mood”), Sandy Williams (“After Hours On Dream Street”), and Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees (“As Time Goes By”).