Dec 2, 2011, 10:31

This 30 second usage of  the Lyle Lovett song “M-O-N-E-Y” at the The Firm starring Tom Cruise was a brilliant directorial choice on the part of Sydney Pollack.

It encapsulates three story themes at the same time: 1) A wife setting the mood for a romantic evening with her husband 2) Their new home in Memphis, Tennessee where the blues was birthed by artists such as Howlin’ Wolf and B.B. King and 3) The very dark truth now being revealed to Jeanne Tripplehorn’s character that her charmed new life is just a front for the mob and her most intimate life moments ever since she arrived have been recorded by a surveillance team.
This music synchronization demonstrates an incredibly effective storytelling technique that other media producers can use with royalty free blues background music.


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