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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The Rose: When the Night Has Been Too Lonely

Bette Midler: The Rose (1979)

Janis Joplin (1967/68)

The Rose: When the Night Has Been Too Lonely

It’s the dream afraid of waking
that never takes the chance,
It’s the one who won’t be taken
who cannot seem to give,
and the soul afraid of dying
that never learns to live.

In the 1979 movie The Rose, Bette Midler played Rose, a role that was a fictionalized biography of Janis Joplin.  For her outstanding performance, Midler was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1980.  She was named Best Actress by BAFTA in 1981, and received the 1980 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress.  The Rose follows Rose’s career during her last tour.  Her rock and roll lifestyle and constant touring led her to an inevitable breakdown; she gave and gave and gave, until she had nothing left to give.

Bette Midler: The Rose (Music Video)

Bette Midler: The Rose (Extended Trailer, 1979)

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