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Fame is a Black & Gold - Various - Fame Original Motion Picture Soundtrack teen musical drama film directed by Alan Parker. LaGuardia High Schoolfrom their auditions to their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.
After he was hired to direct the film, Parker rewrote the script with Gore, aiming for a darker and dramatic tone. The script's subject matter received criticism by the New York Board of Education, which prevented the production from filming in the actual High School of Performing Arts. The film was shot on location in New York Citywith principal photography beginning in July and concluding after 91 days. Parker encountered a difficult filming process, which included conflicts with U.
MGM released Fame using a platform technique which involved opening the film in several cities before releasing it nationwide. It received a mixed response from reviewers who praised the music, but criticized the dramatic tone, pacing and direction. Its success spawned a media franchise encompassing several television series, stage musicals and a remake released Black & Gold - Various - Fame Original Motion Picture Soundtrack In the Music department, Bruno Martelli is an aspiring keyboardist whose electronic equipment horrifies Mr.
Shorofsky, a conservative music teacher. Lisa Monroe is accepted in the Dance department, despite having no interest in the subject. Coco Hernandez is accepted in all three departments because of her all-around talent. Leroy Johnson goes to the school, performing as part of a dance routine for an auditioning friend, but the dance teachers are more impressed by his talents than his friend's.
Black & Gold - Various - Fame Original Motion Picture Soundtrack students learn during their first day of classes that academics are weighed equally with performance. In the lunchroom, Doris becomes overwhelmed by the energy and spontaneity of the other students "Hot Lunch Jam". She befriends Montgomery, but worries that she is too ordinary against the colorful personalities of the other students. As the year progresses, Coco tries to convince Bruno to book performing gigs with her.
Leroy clashes with his English teacher Mrs. Sherwood over his refusal to do homework. It is later revealed that he is illiterate. Bruno and his father argue over Bruno's reluctance to play his electronic music publicly. Miss Berg, the school's Dance teacher, warns Lisa that she is not working hard enough. Michael, a graduating senior, wins a prestigious scholarship and tells Doris that the William Morris Agency wants to send him out for auditions for television pilots.
A new student, Hilary van Doren, joins the school's Dance department and becomes romantically involved with Leroy. Bruno and Mr. Shorofsky debate the merits of traditional orchestras versus synthesized instruments. Bruno's father plays Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn) - Vince Gill - When Love Finds You music " Fame " outside the school, inspiring the student body to dance in the streets.
As an acting exercise, the students are asked to divulge a painful memory. Montgomery discusses discovering his homosexualitywhile coming out in front of his classmates; Doris relates her humiliation at being forced by her stage mother to sing at a child's birthday party; and Ralph tells of learning about the death of his idol Freddie Prinze.
Miss Berg drops Lisa from the Dance program, and after seemingly considering suicide in a New York City Subway station, Lisa drops her dance clothes on the subway tracks and decides to join the Drama department. Ralph and Doris discover their mutual attraction, but their growing intimacy leaves Montgomery feeling excluded.
Hilary brings Leroy home, much to the shock of her father and stepmother. Ralph's young sister is attacked by a junkie and Ralph lashes out at his mother's attempts to comfort the child by taking her to the local Catholic churchinstead of to a doctor. Doris begins to question her Jewish upbringing, changing her name to "Dominique DuPont" and straining the relationship with her mother.
Intoxicated, Doris takes part in Ich Gehe Zür Schule - Patareni / Buka - Patareni / Buka stage show during the film's " Time Warp " musical number. The next day, she realizes that as an actress she can put on any personality she wants, but is sobered upon running into Michael, who is struggling as an actor and waiting tables.
Ralph performs stand-up comedy at Catch a Rising Starwhere he garners some initial success, but falls into a hard-party lifestyle which upsets Doris. Given a prime spot at another comedy club, he bombs after clashing with both Doris and Montgomery over his new lifestyle. Disgusted with himself, Ralph believes his career is over, but is comforted by Montgomery, who tells him that failure is a part of the entertainment business.
Hilary, now pregnant, plans to have an abortion and move to California to take a position with the San Francisco Ballet company. He manipulates her into taking her shirt off, as he films her sobbing. Leroy is offered a position in Alvin Ailey 's dance company, but must graduate first in order to be accepted.
After receiving a failing grade, he confronts a grieving Mrs. Sherwood outside her husband's hospital room, but upon realizing that she has her own problems, he comforts her. During graduation, the student body showcases their talents by performing an original song "I Sing the Body Electric".
The opening lines are sung by Lisa, Coco, and Montgomery. Intercut with the performance are scenes of Leroy dancing and Bruno playing with a rock band, finally sharing his music with others. Director Alan Parker received the script after the release of his previous film Midnight Express De Silva explained, "I was really motivated and interested in the joy of what the school represented for these kids, and [Parker] was really much more interested in where the pain was in going to the school, and so we had our Black & Gold - Various - Fame Original Motion Picture Soundtrack conflicts based on that area.
Parker signed on as the film's director in February and relocated to Greenwich, Connecticut to begin pre-production. While working on the script, he interacted with many of the students attending the Performing Arts school.
Parker attended a weekend screening with Marshall, and the enthusiastic crowd inspired him to write a similar scene for the film, during which the character Doris Finsecker dances along to the " Time Warp " musical number.
Although Parker had promised to hold auditions at the High School of Performing Arts, the school was initially advised by the Black & Gold - Various - Fame Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Education to prevent the students from working on the film, fearing it would affect their studies. They held an open casting call at the Diplomat Hotel on 43rd Street, Manhattan, New York, where more than 2, people auditioned for various roles.
Of the many students that Parker met at the Performing Arts, only Laura Deanwho plays Lisa Monroe, was cast in a principal role while other students were cast as extras. Farell, and its music teacher Jonathan Strasser appears as a conductor. Shorofsky, as Parker wanted a veteran musician to play the part.
Irene Caraa former student of the school, was cast as Coco Hernandez. Lee Curreriwho was cast as Bruno Martelli, learned of the production while attending the Manhattan School of Music. He was cast as Montgomery MacNeil, and the song inspired Parker to include it in the film. Maureen Teefyan established actress of Irish descent, was cast as Doris Finsecker, a shy and uptight Jewish girl. I'd envisioned [Doris] as a or year-old Barbra Streisand from Brooklyn, and when [Parker] cast this Irish actress that School Of Fish - The Wrong Sampler a trouble Antonia Franceschiwho was previously a background dancer in Grease secured the role based on the strength of her audition.
In his first credited screen role, Peter Rafelson, son of Bob Rafelsonplays as a musician and vocalist. During filming, the crew and several cast members objected to cinematographer Michael Seresin and camera operator John Stanier's European style of single-source lighting, which involved the use of incense burners. The filmmakers had originally planned to shoot the film at the Performing Arts school, but were denied by the Board of Education over the content of the script.
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The exterior of the school was shot using the left wing of the then-abandoned Church of Saint Mary the Virgin building almost directly opposite the real school on West 46th Street in Times Square. The "Fame" musical number was filmed on 46th Street in three days, with eight choreographed routines, student background actors and 50 professional dancers. The dancers performed Space Dust - Lasers - Juno the Donna Summer song " Hot Stuff ", as the song "Fame" had not yet been written.
During filming, Seresin chose to operate the camera himself for several hours before IATSE representatives visited the set, and advised Parker that a cinematographer was forbidden to operate a camera, and that the production would be shut down permanently if he did not hire an operator from their union. The music was composed by Michael Gore. Parker explained, "This song evolved from an all day session involving groups of kids from all disciplines, as we cobbled together the song with everyone chipping in their contributions.
Flying Colours - Danny Richmond Quintet* - Dionysius improvised the lyrics "I'm gonna live forever", inspired by a line of dialogue from the play Dylan. He improvised the lyrics "Remember, remember, remember", and performed it with backing vocalists Vivian Cherry and Vicki Sue Robinson.
The song was later incorporated into the filmed dance sequence during post-production. Parker wanted the film to end with a huge musical Black & Gold - Various - Fame Original Motion Picture Soundtrack that would showcase every character. While drafting the script during pre-production, he was partially inspired by the ELO song, " Eldorado ". In his later review for AllMusicStephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album five stars out of five and wrote, "Yes, the production techniques often do sound dated In the United States, the title song "Fame" was released as a single The Big Secret Of Adults (for Yariv Alter) - Daniel Sarid & Ariel Armoni - TR, and reached Cant Breakaway - Freddie Foxxx - Crazy Like A Foxxx 4 on Billboard ' s Hot chart while the album reached number 7 on the Billboard chart.
The following week, it rose to number four before peaking at the top position of the U. In North America, the song reached number 19 on the Billboard charts. It peaked at number 58 during its three weeks on the UK Singles Chart. Fame premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre on May 12, The studio also allowed select theatre chains to give out free tickets for special screenings. The website's consensus reads, "Just because Fame is a well-acted musical doesn't mean it flinches against its surprisingly heavy topics.
You come away from it with all your preconceptions about the glamour of showbusiness wiped away and you can't help but admire the characters who get through. Fame garnered awards Karg - Zu Asche nominations in a variety of categories, with particular praise for its title song performed by Irene Cara. Following the film's release, a television spin-off, Fameaired on the NBC network for two seasons from January 7, to August 4, The series was then renewed for first-run syndicationand four additional seasons were produced.
Init was announced that producer David De Silva was developing a stage version of the film. InMGM Television produced a second series inspired by the film. Lewisfocused on the lives of several students attending a drama and dance school in Los Angeles, California.
Mosesand Lesli Margherita in starring roles. InMGM and Touchstone Television planned to develop a two-hour television film that would serve as a direct sequel to Famefollowed by a spin-off television series. Both projects were to be produced for the ABC network. The series would feature new cast members as the young students, as well as those from the film, as well as updated versions of the songs "Fame" and "Out Here on My Own". Michael Gore was to act as an executive producer for both projects with his producing partner Lawrence Cohen, through their production label White Cap Productions.
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