Philadelphia: Lest We Forget

Philadelphia: Lest We Forget

Philadelphia stands as a landmark film in the portrayal of gays, AIDS and homophobia; the film battled long-established social barriers and helped put a heroically human face to the long-suffering gay community. Tom Hanks won a deserved Academy Award for his portrayal of a previously energetic lawyer who wastes away into a gaunt, diseased AIDS victim. Bruce Springsteen also received an Academy Award for Streets of Philadelphia, his first-ever song written for a movie.

Bruce Springsteen: Streets of Philadelphia

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Do You Forgive Me? Well, I Forgive You Too.

Do You Forgive Me? Well, I Forgive You Too.

I really meant to post this piece about The Rose some time ago, and I’m sorry for being so late. Do you forgive me? Well, I forgive you too.

The Rose is the acclaimed 1979 dramatic musical film that tells the story of a self-destructive 1960s rock star, who struggles to cope with the constant pressures of her career and the ruthless demands of her business manager. The film is a fictionalized documentary based on the tragic life of singer Janis Joplin; it was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bette Midler).

The following two music videos from the film comprise the beginning and end segments of The Rose. If you never get the chance to watch the whole movie, these videos will show all that you really might need to know.

Bette Midler: Midnight in Memphis (The Rose, 1979)

Bette Midler: Stay With Me Baby (The Rose, 1979)

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