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The 12 Movie Songs of Inspiration

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In the spirit of the holiday season, this variation of “The 12 Days of Christmas” features movie songs that uplift and inspire.  Enjoy these songs of love, faith and reconciliation by clicking on the titles.  To all of you, Happy Holidays and Best Wishes!

1.  “Over the Rainbow”The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Over the Rainbow

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2.  “Climb Every Mountain”The Sound of Music (1965)

Sound of Music

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3.  “Don’t Rain on My Parade”Funny Girl (1968)

Funny Girl

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4.  “Gonna Fly Now”Rocky (1976)

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5.  “The Greatest Love of All”The Greatest (1977)

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6.  “Believe in Yourself”The Wiz (1978)

The Wiz

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7.  “God Is Trying to Tell You Something”The Color Purple (1985)

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8.  “Wind Beneath My Wings”Beaches (1988)

Beaches

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9.  “I Believe in You and Me”The Preacher’s Wife (1996)

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10. “I Believe I Can Fly”Space Jam (1996)

Space Jam

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11. “When You Believe”The Prince of Egypt (1998)

When You Believe

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12. “I Am Changing”Dreamgirls (2006)

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Cheek to Cheek with Fred and Ginger

“She gave him sex and he gave her class.” – Katharine Hepburn

Ironically, many of my favorite movies were produced during the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s when moral restrictions were strongly regulated and enforced by the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 (“Hays Code”).  Its guidelines addressed violence, nudity, profanity and sex.  By the late 1950s, the Hays Code’s influence on the film industry was greatly reduced due to anti-trust rulings and competition from television and foreign films.  The Hays Code was eventually replaced by the current MPAA film rating system in 1968.

Sometimes I miss the Hays Code and the inventiveness it inspired.  Top Hat exemplifies the creative and subtle qualities that are often lacking in today’s more explicit films.  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers effectively convey romance and passion in “Cheek to Cheek” – the film’s classic centerpiece – without removing any clothes or sharing a kiss.  Watch Fred and Ginger elegantly dance through the stages of seduction from courtship to afterglow.  Cigarette, anyone?