So that gets me thinking: are there examples of movies that perform musicology, or at least music criticism? Let me brainstorm:
- Amadeus. I'd say this goes beyond just depiction of a musical figure, most obviously in the dictation of the Requiem at the end that shows how a piece of classical music is constructed. Also, however, the many plot points based around issues such comic versus serious opera, the language of the libretto, nationalism, etc.
- High Fidelity. Tons of pop music criticism being spoken in that movie, and so integrally to the plot that I think it qualifies!
- What's Up, Doc? I have never actually seen this Barbra Streisand movie, but Kay Shelemay reviewed it a few years back and it seems like it might fit.
- Fantasia. Not always the sort of musicology we approve of, but certainly lots going on!
Any other good examples of cinematic musicology or music criticism?