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Out of Africa – music by John Barry (piano solo)

Out of Africa – music by John Barry (piano solo arrangement) with sheet music.

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John Barry

John Barry Prendergast, OBE (3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011) was an English composer and conductor of film music and films.

He composed the scores for eleven of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also arranged and performed the “James Bond Theme” to the first film in the series, 1962’s Dr. No. He wrote the Grammy- and Academy Award-winning scores to the films Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa, as well as The Scarlet Letter, The Cotton Club, The Tamarind Seed, Mary, Queen of Scots, Game of Death, and the theme for the British television cult series The Persuaders!, in a career spanning over 50 years. In 1999, he was appointed with an OBE for services to music.

Born in York, Barry spent his early years working in cinemas owned by his father. During his national service with the British Army in Cyprus, Barry began performing as a musician after learning to play the trumpet. Upon completing his national service, he formed his own band in 1957, the John Barry Seven.

He later developed an interest in composing and arranging music, making his début for television in 1958. He came to the notice of the makers of the first James Bond film Dr. No, who were dissatisfied with a theme for James Bond given to them by Monty Norman. Noel Rogers the head of music at United Artists approached Barry. This started a successful association between Barry and Bond series that lasted for 25 years.

He received many awards for his work, including five Academy Awards; two for Born Free, and one each for The Lion in Winter (for which he also won the first BAFTA Award for Best Film Music), Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa (both of which also won him Grammy Awards). He also received ten Golden Globe Award nominations, winning once for Best Original Score for Out of Africa in 1986.

Barry completed his last film score, Enigma, in 2001 and recorded the successful album Eternal Echoes the same year. He then concentrated chiefly on live performances and co-wrote the music to the musical Brighton Rock in 2004 alongside Don Black.

In 2001, Barry became a Fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and, in 2005, he was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Barry was married four times and had four children. He moved to the United States in 1975 and lived there until his death in 2011.

Awards and nominations

In 1999 Barry was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to music. He received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 2005. In 2005, the American Film Institute ranked Barry’s score for Out of Africa No. 15 on their list of the greatest film scores. His scores for the following films were nominated:

Grammy Award

Emmy Award nominations

  • 1964 Outstanding Achievement in Composing Original Music for Television for Elizabeth Taylor in London (a 1963 television special)
  • 1977 Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Special (Dramatic Underscore) for Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years[50]

Golden Raspberry Award

Max Steiner Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by the City of Vienna)

  • 2009

Lifetime Achievement Award from World Soundtrack Academy (presented at the Ghent Film Festival)

  • 2010

In 2011, he received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Barry was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Michael Nyman “Lost and Found” from the film “The Piano”

Michael Nyman “Lost and Found” from the film “The Piano” with sheet music download

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Michael Nyman biography

Michael Laurence Nyman is an English composer, pianist, librettist and musicologist. He is known for his highly prolific collaborations with Peter Greenaway and Jane Campion. He is also highly revered for his opera compositions and chamber music.

Michael Nyman was born in Stratford, London on March 23, 1944. Nyman started his education at the Sir George Monoux Grammar School in Walthamstow and he later graduated to King’s College London, where he studied music under the famous British Composer and Musicologist, Alan Bush. Under Bush’s instruction, Nyman secured an admission to the Royal Academy of Music in September 1961, where he studied baroque music and piano with Thurston Dart. During his time at the Academy, Nyman won the Howard Carr Memorial Award for Composition in 1964, and in 1966 he served a period of residency in Romania under the support of the British Council bursary.

Nyman’s immediate work after his residency was his libretto for Harrison Birtwistle’s opera titled “Down by the Greenwood Side”. The opera was received warmly and Nyman went on to direct a short film titled “Love Love Love” in 1969. Around this time, Nyman also started writing articles as a music critic, and in 1968, Nyman became the first person to ever use the term “minimalism” for music. The choice of the word was reserved for Cornelius Cardew in a 1968 “Spectator” Magazine Article.

Despite his career as a music critic, Nyman never shied away from composing music himself. He often collaborated with Peter Greenaway for his films. Nyman’s scores for Greenaway included works for “The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982)”, “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)”, “A Zed and Two Noughts (1985)”, “Drowning by Numbers (1988)” and “Prospero’s Books (1991)”. Nyman often used earlier music sources relevant to Greenaway’s films for his scores, these included works from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henry Purcell, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and John Dowland.

Nyman also wrote a few scores for Hollywood, these included the score for the well received science fiction movie “Gattaca”, the score for Antonio Bird’s horror epic “Ravenous”, and the score for Neil Jordan’s “The End of the Affair”.

Nyman’s popularity soared in 1993 when he wrote the score to Jane Campion’s multiple Academy Award Winning Movie, “The Piano”. Nyman won a Chicago Film Critics Association Award and an AACTA Award for Best Original Score. The score was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a British Academy Award. The soundtrack album itself was certified platinum multiple times.

Nyman once admitted that he enjoyed writing opera more than he enjoyed writing any other form of music, and it is certainly in opera where Nyman is most prolific. In 1986, Nyman wrote “The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat”, the libretto was provided by Christopher Rawlence and the music was heavily inspired by the works of Robert Schumann. Nyman also wrote “Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs” in 1991, the libretto to which was William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. More recently, Nyman wrote “Facing Goya” in 2000, which was an opera that was related to his earlier works. He also wrote “Man and Boy: Dada” in 2003 and “Love Counts” in 2005.

Nyman is also the author of four string quartets, six concerti, and several chamber works. Today, he mostly spends his time as a performing pianist.

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Big My Secret – Music from the film “The Piano” (1) – by Michael Nyman

Big My Secret – Music from the film The Piano – by Michael Nyman (with sheet music to download)

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Michael Laurence Nyman, CBE (born 23 March 1944) is an English composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, known for numerous film scores (many written during his lengthy collaboration with the filmmaker Peter Greenaway), and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane Campion‘s The Piano. He has written a number of operas, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; Letters, Riddles and Writs; Noises, Sounds & Sweet Airs; Facing Goya; Man and Boy: Dada; Love Counts; and Sparkie: Cage and Beyond. He has written six concerti, five string quartets, and many other chamber works, many for his Michael Nyman Band. He is also a performing pianist. Nyman prefers to write opera rather than other forms of music.

Nyman’s works

  • 1963 – Introduction and Allegro Concertato for Wind Quartet (lost)
  • 1963 – Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet
  • 1965 – Canzona for Flute
  • 1974 – Bell Set No. 1 (multiple metal percussion)
  • 1976 – 1–100 (4–6 pianos)
  • 1976 – (First) Waltz in D (variable)
  • 1976 – (Second) Waltz in F (variable)
  • 1977 – In Re Don Giovanni (for the Michael Nyman Band) – arranged for string quartet (1991), string quintet (1997), and orchestra (2010)
  • 1978 – The Otherwise Very Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz (for multiple pianos)
  • 1979 – ‘The Masterwork’ Award Winning Fish-Knife (for the Michael Nyman Band)
  • 1980 – A Neat Slice of Time (for choir)
  • 1981 – Think Slow, Act Fast (for Hoketus) – reworked into soundtrack for A Sixth Part of the World in 2010
  • 1981 – Five Orchestral Pieces for Opus Tree (band) (based on Anton Webern‘s Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10)
  • 1981 – M-Work (for the Michael Nyman Band)
  • 1981 – Two Violins (for two amplified violins)
  • 1982 – Four Saxes (Real Slow Drag) (for saxophone quartet)
  • 1982 – A Handsom, Smooth, Sweet, Smart, Clear Stroke: Or Else Play Not At All (for orchestra)
  • 1983 – Ballet Mécanique (for ensemble)
  • 1983 – Time’s Up (for ensemble)
  • 1983 – I’ll Stake My Cremona to a Jew’s Trump (for electric violin and viola, both players also simultaneously singing)
  • 1983 – Love is Certainly, at Least Alphabetically Speaking (for soprano and ensemble)
  • 1984 – The Abbess of Andouillets (for choir and percussion)
  • 1985 – Nose-List Song (soprano and orchestra) [this and the above three works are from an unfinished opera setting of Laurence Sterne‘s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, which Nyman has repeatedly cited as his all-time favourite book
  • 1985 – Childs Play (for 2 violins and harpsichord or ensemble)
  • 1985 – String Quartet No. 1
  • 1986 – Taking a Line for a Second Walk (for orchestra (Basic Black) or piano duet)
  • 1986 – The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (opera; libretto by Christopher Rawlence; adapted from the Oliver Sacks case study by Nyman, Rawlence, and Michael Morris)
  • 1986 – And Do They Do (for the Michael Nyman Band)
  • 1987 – Touch the Earth (for two sopranos, violin, and viola)
  • 1987 – Vital Statistics (opera; libretto by Victoria Hardie) – withdrawn and revised into Facing Goya in 2000
  • 1988 – Orpheus’ Daughter (opera; libretto by Gerrit Timmers) – withdrawn
  • 1988 – String Quartet No. 2
  • 1989 – Out of the Ruins (choir)
  • 1989 – La Traversée de Paris (for the Michael Nyman Band, soprano, and choir)
  • 1989 – The Fall of Icarus (for the Michael Nyman Band) – reworked into The Commissar Vanishes in 1999
  • 1989 – L’Orgie Parisienne (for soprano or mezzo-soprano and ensemble) – originally part of La Traversée de Paris
  • 1989 – La Sept (for the Michael Nyman Band)
  • 1990 – Shaping the Curve (for soprano saxophone, string quartet or piano)
  • 1990 – Six Celan Songs (for contralto and orchestra)
  • 1990 – Polish Love Song (for soprano and piano or two clarinets, viola, cello and bass)
  • 1990 – String Quartet No. 3
  • 1991 – The Michael Nyman Songbook A collection of songs based on texts by Paul Celan, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, William Shakespeare, and Arthur Rimbaud and recorded with vocalist Ute Lemper.
  • 1991 – Where the Bee Dances (soprano saxophone and orchestra)
  • 1991 – Fluegelhorn and Piano
  • 1992 – Time Will Pronounce (violin, cello, and piano)
  • 1992 – For John Cage (brass ensemble)
  • 1992 – Self-Laudatory Hymn of Inanna and Her Omnipotence (alto and string orchestra or countertenor and viol consort)
  • 1992 – The Convertibility of Lute Strings (solo harpsichord)
  • 1992 – Anne de Lucy Songs (soprano and piano)
  • 1992 – Le Mari de la Coiffeuse (The Hairdresser’s Husband)
  • 1992 – The Upside-Down Violin (orchestra/ensemble)
  • 1993 – MGV: Musique à grande vitesse (band and orchestra)
  • 1993 – The Piano Concerto (piano and orchestra)
  • 1993 – Noises, Sounds & Sweet Airs (1993; opera-ballet setting William Shakespeare‘s The Tempest)
  • 1993 – Yamamoto Perpetuo (violin solo)
  • 1993 – Songs for Tony (saxophone quartet)
  • 1994 – To Morrow (soprano or soprano saxophone, organ)
  • 1994 – 3 Quartets (ensemble)
  • 1994 – Concerto for Trombone (trombone, orchestra, and steel filing cabinets)
  • 1995 – String Quartet No. 4
  • 1995 – Tango for Tim (In memoriam Tim Suster) (harpsichord)
  • 1995 – The Waltz Song (unison voices)
  • 1995 – Viola and Piano
  • 1995 – Grounded (mezzo-soprano, saxophones, violin, piano)
  • 1995 – HRT [High Rise Terminal] (chamber ensemble)
  • 1995 – Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings
  • 1995 – Double Concerto for Saxophone and Cello (saxophone, cello, and orchestra)
  • 1996 – After Extra Time (ensemble)
  • 1996 – Enemy Zero (game music)
  • 1996 – The Ogre
  • 1997 – Enemy Zero – Original Soundtrack
  • 1997 – Strong on Oaks, Strong on the Causes of Oaks (orchestra)
  • 1997 – The Promise (piano)
  • 1997 – Gattaca
  • 1998 – Titch (worked on the main opening/closing piano theme).
  • 1998 – Cycle of Disquietude (Coisas, Vozes, Lettras) (soprano, mezzo-soprano, and band)
  • 1998 – Orfeu (band)
  • 1998 – De Granada A La Luna (band)
  • 1999 – The End of the Affair
  • 1999 – Wonderland
  • 2000 – Facing Goya (opera; libretto by Victoria Hardie)
  • 2001 – a dance he little thinks of (orchestra)
  • 2003 – Violin Concerto (violin and orchestra)
  • 2003 – Man and Boy: Dada (opera; libretto by Michael Hastings)
  • 2005 – Love Counts (opera; libretto by Michael Hastings)
  • 2006 – gdm for Marimba and Orchestra (concerto)
  • 2006 – Acts of Beauty’ (song cycle)
  • 2007 – A Handshake in the Dark (choral piece with orchestra; text by Jamal Jumá [world premiere 8 March 2007, Barbican, London, performed by the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, John Storgards conducting])
  • 2007 – Interlude in C (expansion of a theme from The Libertine for Accent07 touring ensemble)
  • 2007 – Eight Lust Songs (song cycle)
  • 2007 – Warwick Fanfare (Parts 1 & 2) (procession and recession fanfares used for graduation ceremonies at the University of Warwick)
  • 2008 – Yamamoto Perpetuo for Solo Flute (arranged by Andy Findon)
  • 2008 – Something Connected with Energy (ensemble) – reworked into soundtrack for The Eleventh Year in 2010
  • 2009 – Sparkie: Cage and Beyond (opera with Carsten Nicolai)
  • 2009 – The Musicologist Scores (for the Michael Nyman Band)
  • 2010 – 2Graves
  • 2010 – Body Parts Songs (song cycle)
  • 2011 – Prologue to Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell (opera, libretto by Vera Pavlova)
  • 2012 – Through the Only Window (piano quintet)
  • 2013 – Trumpet & String Quartet
  • 2014 – War Work: Eight Songs with Film (song cycle commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War)
  • 2016 – As You Watch The Athletes Score (for the Michael Nyman Band)
  • 2016 – No Time In Eternity (countertenor and viol consort)

Nyman’s music re-used

  • Nyman’s “The Heart Asks Pleasure First” (from The Piano) is the music on which Italian rock noir band Belladonna‘s song “Let There Be Light” is based. Released in December 2010, the track features Michael Nyman himself on piano.
  • Nyman’s “The Heart Asks Pleasure First” (from The Piano) was used as backing music for one of the bank advertisements for Lloyds TSB broadcast on television. It has also been featured in episodes of 20/20.
  • Music from Ravenous has been used at least once on WFYI‘s Across Indiana, in a segment titled “On the Trail of John Hunt Morgan“, produced by Scott Andrew Hutchins.
  • Nyman’s soundtrack for Carrington is mostly based on his own String Quartet No. 3.
  • A Cock and Bull Story contains music from The Draughtsman’s Contract, as well as Nyman’s arrangements of classical music used in Stanley Kubrick‘s Barry Lyndon. (It does not use any music from Nyman’s Tristram Shandy opera.)
  • Nyman’s music for Peter Greenaway’s films has been used in the Japanese television program Iron Chef.
  • Popular “Chasing Sheep is Best Left to Shepherds” (from The Draughtsman’s Contract) constituted the main theme of Spanish TV program Queremos Saber, presented by Mercedes Milà in the nineties. In 2013, it was sampled in the Pet Shop Boys single “Love Is a Bourgeois Construct“, produced by Stuart Price.
  • Nyman features in ‘9 Songs‘ (Michael Winterbottom, 2004) playing at the Hackney Empire on his 60th birthday.
  • Nyman’s MGV: Musique à grande vitesse was used in November 2006 for a new one-act ballet for the Royal Ballet in London, DGV (danse à grande vitesse) by Christopher Wheeldon.
  • Nyman’s “The Heart Asks Pleasure First” was covered by the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. Nyman had refused to release the song initially; the band was later granted permission and the song was released on 29 February 2012 as part of the single The Crow, the Owl and the Dove from their album Imaginaerum.
  • Time Lapse was used in Sky’s 2008 ‘Heroes’ advert
  • Selections from Nyman’s catalogue formed part of the soundtrack for James Marsh‘s 2008 documentary, Man on Wire, a film about Philippe Petit, a Frenchman, who in 1974 illegally strung a tightrope between the top of the WTC buildings and danced between them for 45 minutes, thus committing the “artistic crime of the 20th century”.
  • Nyman’s piece “Car Crash” from A Zed & Two Noughts was used for once on the final episode of a Greek series called ‘To Kafe Tis Xaras’
  • Nyman’s soundtrack for Wonderland has been used as part of the soundtrack for Juan Rodriguez-Briso’s 2014 documentary film, Eighteam based on the true story of the Zambian national football team and its journey from tragedy to glory.
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Joe Hisaishi : Studio Ghibli Experience, Part 3

Joe Hisaishi : Studio Ghibli Experience, Part 3 楽譜

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00:00– Symphonic Variation “Merry-go-round” 13:47 – The Wind Rises’- A Journey (Dream of Flight) – Nahoko (The Encounter) 17:27 – The Wind Rises’- Caproni (An Aeronautical Designers Dream) 21:50 – The Wind Rises’- A Journey (The Wedding) 25:39 – The Wind Rises’- Nahoko (I Miss You) – Castorp (The Magic Mountain)

29:31– The Wind Rises’- Nahoko (An Unexpected Meeting) 32:24 – The Wind Rises’- A Journey (A Kingdom Of Dreams) 36:23 – Kiki’s Delivery Service 41:10 – The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’ – Overture – Mystery of the Moon 42:51 – The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’ – The Joy of Living – The Coming of Spring 46:24 – The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’ – Despair 49:35 – The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’ – Flying 52:49 – The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’ – The Procession of Celestial Beings – The Parting – Moon

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Yann Tiersen – Good Bye Lenin! Complete OST (piano solo) 2003

Yann Tiersen – Good Bye Lenin! Complete OST (piano solo) with sheet music

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Good Bye Lenin! is a 2003 German tragicomedy film, directed by Wolfgang Becker. The cast includes Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, and Maria Simon. The story follows a family in East Germany; the mother (Saß) is dedicated to the socialist cause and falls into a coma in October 1989, shortly before the November revolution. When she awakens eight months later in June 1990, her son (Brühl) attempts to protect her from a fatal shock by concealing the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism.

Most scenes were shot at the Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin and around Plattenbauten near Alexanderplatz. Good Bye, Lenin! received numerous honours, including 2003’s European Film Award for Best Film and German Film Award for Best Fiction Film.

The film score was composed by Yann Tiersen, except the version of “Summer 78” sung by Claire Pichet. Stylistically, the music is very similar to Tiersen’s earlier work on the soundtrack to Amélie. One piano composition, “Comptine d’un autre été : L’après-midi”, is used in both films.

Several famous East German songs are featured. Two children, members of the Ernst Thälmann Pioneer Organisation, sing Unsere Heimat (Our Homeland). Friends of Christiane (living in the same building) follow with Bau Auf! Bau Auf! (Build Up! Build Up!), another anthem of the Free German Youth. The final fake newscast with Sigmund Jähn features a rousing rendition of the East German national anthem, Auferstanden aus Ruinen.

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Woody Allen’s Autobiography book to download

Woody Allen’s Autobiography book to download


(Music: Midnight in Paris – Sydney Beckett “Si tu vois ma mère”)

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Why do we include a book in our Sheet Music Library? First, we have a section called “Rare & curious Piano & Music Books”, where we have old books, special books, related to the music and musicians, biographies of composers and peformers, etc. Secondly, the MUSIC has a very important place in the films of Woody Allen, (by the way, this happens in many films as well). On the other hand, the Jazz Music is a key element not only in his movies, but also in his life, as he’s a Clarinet player in a Jazz Band (the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band).

sheet music partitura Why do we include a book in our Sheet Music Library?
First, we have a section called "Rare & curious Piano & Music Books", where we have old books, special books, related to the music and musicians, biographies of composers and peformers, etc.
Secondly, the MUSIC has a very important place in the films of Woody Allen, (by the way, this happens in many films as well).
On the other hand, the Jazz Music is a key element not only in his movies, but also in his life, as he's a Clarinet player in a Jazz Band (the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band).
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Ryuichi Sakamoto ‘The Sheltering Sky’

Ryuichi Sakamoto ‘The Sheltering Sky’

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A History of Stanley Kubrick in 21 Tracks

A History of Stanley Kubrick in 21 Tracks

In general, Kubrick enjoyed listening to music – his wife Christiane had, in fact, mentioned in an interview that:

“He was addicted to music, he played it always, all day long. He worked with music, … classical and the pop songs and he liked jazz music. You name it, a very catholic taste in music.”

He’d listen to a wide range of music, at times, and select those pieces that excited him and felt appropriate for the scene – according to ever-so-reliable Wikipedia, it seems that in his last six films, he used music from existing sources, rather than commissioning a soundtrack to be composed – and the majority of this music was classical music. He justified this decision in an interview with Michael Ciment, saying:

“However good our best film composers may be, they are not a Beethoven, a Mozart or a Brahms. Why use music which is less good when there is such a multitude of great orchestral music available from the past and from our own time? When you are editing a film, it’s very helpful to be able to try out different pieces of music to see how they work with the scene…Well, with a little more care and thought, these temporary tracks can become the final score.”

Please, read this interesting article about “A History of Stanley Kubrick in 21 Tracks“.

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Films about musicians (with sheet music download)

In 2018, we enjoyed the movie Bohemian Rhapsody,a biographical musical film about Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the British rock band Queen. The film received numerous awards (including four awards at the 91st Academy Awards).

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Now, we can watch the movie about another musician’s life, Elton John. Rocketman is a biographical musical film based on the life of musician Elton John, directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, The film is titled after John’s 1972 song “Rocket Man“.

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