So, let us continue our 1964 journey with...BEST ORIGINAL SONG!
"Dear Heart" from Dear Heart
A beautiful song for a beautiful film. The heroine's longing and the hero's epiphany are both wonderfully expressed in the lyrics, and those sweeping strings make it soar. Used in the film's final scene, its timed to perfection so that, like "Moon River" in Breakfast at Tiffany's, we are swept up in the music and the romance and have no defense against the tears. So lovely.
"Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" from Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Well, I have loved this song since before I saw the movie, and I always thought it was strange that this Patti Page tune could be used for a hag horror flick, which just shows that one should never underestimate the instincts of Robert Aldrich (director) and the talent of Frank DeVol (composer). The song is played and replayed throughout the film, as a mocking nursery rhyme along the lines of Lizzie Borden; an eerie atonal ballad screeched by Bette Davis; and a triumphant, climactic sweep with some male singer. A lovely and haunting tune.
"Chim Chim Cher-ee" from Mary Poppins
The tune comes up frequently, brief bits here and there as jack-of-all-trades Bert brings us into a new sequence. It's really quite a fun and catchy tune. I think it's the most solid representation of what this movie is all about, more so than "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" or "Spoonful of Sugar" or what-what. For me, it's all about finding joy where you can in life, for though "you might think a sweep's on the bottommost rung/...In this 'ole wide world there's no 'appier bloke." Then you step in time!
"My Kind of Town" from Robin and the 7 Hoods
Man, this movie is a lot of fun, but most of the songs have little to do with the plot...such as there is. This song is not only the exception, but is one of Sinatra's most popular tunes. It's pretty good, though it's no "Mr. Booze" or "Bang! Bang!". Still, I suppose the Academy could have done worse...
"Where Love Has Gone" from Where Love Has Gone
And they did! A boring song for a lifeless film. Blech.
Mary Poppins won here, and I am so down with that! Any of its songs are Oscar-worthy, really. Love of The Poppins aside, though, I have searched my heart and found that I would have voted for something else...
MANCINI & LIVINGSTON/EVANS for "DEAR HEART"
makes me cry every time