Many years before people around the world heard about him, Bob Marley, there was Jimmy Cliff, whose success as a reggae artist led to the success of similar artists from the Caribbean. Although it is difficult to underestimate the impact of his music alone, Jimmy Cliff’s popularity in the early 1970s can be attributed to his film efforts, especially his 1973 gig: Perry Henzel’s The More They Come, released in the United States that year 50 ago today. This was the film’s international success and word of mouth, especially among non-whites at the time, made him a star on the midnight cinema circuit where secret movies were made. very well. Not only is he credited with making Jimmy Cliff a star and bringing reggae music to the masses, but his excellence is also present in his performances, making Jamaican cinema like the parasite of Bong Joon Ho which I did. . Korea in 2019. Collier’s video today
What is “the most difficult subject they find”?
As they grow stronger, Jimmy Cliff follows Ivanhoe ‘Ivan’ Martin, who, thereof, himself. corruptly defrauded his king, forcing him in the end. criminal life. It’s Sergio Corbucci’s Django meets straight from Compton, two references that make a lot of sense both in the style adopted for the film (located in western Jamaica) and in the enduring importance of the subject it (exploitation of artists and the link between crime). and music).
For black audiences, the film is an iconic film, shot in a scene entirely spoken in Jamaican Patois, making it one of the few English-language films. Searching for subtitles in the United States due to pronunciation. The result is a sense of reality that makes the film act as a window into another culture, and one of the best soundtracks around.
The hardest sound to come is the logo
Most importantly, while Jimmy Cliff is undoubtedly the star of the film, his music is far from the only song promoted in the soundtrack that defines the genre of the film. Although it wasn’t until 1975 that Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” topped the charts and made him a star, Cliff and Henzell’s choice of blockbuster film also featured singers (“River of Babylon”), Desmond Decker (“007) Shanti Town))) and Toots & the Maytals (“Little Pressure“), among others, who helped promote the popularity of various reggae legends outside of Jamaica . The group’s catalog is legendary in Jamaica, which led to the preservation of the Library of Congress and its inclusion in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Stone.
The “Herder They Come” highlights the distant scene, and makes the song stand out
While there has been no talk of how much the soundtrack has become an integral part of popular culture, it’s safe to say that Henzell knows how to put the soundtrack to good use. This is evident in the most famous film of the film, in which Jimmy Cliff records the whole of “The Harder They Come” (almost four minutes) without stopping and without anything another eye stimulation. A lonely man in a recording studio, walking down the beaten path, swinging back and forth with a lit cigarette. The lack of this show and the show and the music itself elevated the film from a low-budget western to a cult classic, and its impact is still felt today. The power of cinema is addressed at one point in the film itself, when one of the first people Ivan goes to see is Sergio Corbucci’s Django. Cut between the harsh punishments and Django’s jokes from the audience so that the viewer can see the lasting effects of cinema and print, shaping many of the moral actions that lead Evan into life of crime after people in the dark. come down.
“As They Come” Shows Music Like Rebellion
The movie scene in The More They Come also serves to highlight the importance of symbolism. Oblivion is a powerful icon of Ice Cube, whose son VI said directly from Compton “Our art is a reflection of our reality”, serving as a strong testimony to the theme of violence that is evident and music by actors and reggae artists.
In More They Are Coming, Evan is a rebellious dreamer, who rebels against the power of prayer in the film and insists that heavenly rewards await all believers in life after death. One need look no further than the opening words of the title song: “Well, they tell me about bread in heaven, waiting for me when I die. But between the day you were born and the day you died, it seems they don’t hear your cry. Not only is it interesting, but the song, encourages the audience to resist suffering and say that the redemption in the life they live, than the life that was promised. Along with its pioneering soundtrack, the film’s narrative supported the themes of the counterculture that permeated America (for it’s masculinity) and the hip-hop movement that emerged at the same time, emphasizing that music was the means to be free. . of miserable life. Shown in the rise of hip-hop in the same decade, not only the music of the film made it strong in the United States, but also its story.
Spoilers ahead But, sticking to the political speech made throughout the film, despite the infectious horror, things don’t look good for Ivan for the next time. Wherever he goes, betrayal and exploitation follows him, after only paying him $20 for his record, he is soon cheated out of the entire kingdom by his corrupt producer. and forced him into a life of regular crime in the form of selling marijuana. In Django’s amazing final punishment scene, Evan, tired of running, throws his arms up against the pursuing police. He knows it’s useless, but he fights on, bringing the metatext back and forth for the Jamaican moviegoers who admire him. Shortly after his death, a woman was shocked to hear Evan’s music as a record book, as if from Evan’s appearance in many forms of media, a – learn new stories. Basically, unlike Django, this time the story is Jamaican. Back in the ’70s, there was no better way to stick to a man than to create an icon that represented everything a man wasn’t, showing it. As they come Not only is this a success for the soundtrack, but it is also another way.