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9 best uses of a Paul Simon song in the movies [videos]


The songs of Paul Simon, whether in the early days with Art Garfunkel or during his long solo career, provide plenty of fodder for the imagination to draw up an appropriate picture, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s so often been used to lend the perfect ambience to films.

TDYLF has combed through the archives to find some of the best cinematic scenes featuring Simon’s work, and we think they’ve hit on a great idea for a movie marathon theme here.

Almost Famous (2000), America

Anita (Zooey Deschanel), the protagonist’s sister, leaves home to become a stewardess. Rather than explaining her actions, she lets Paul Simon’s words do the work. The song, America, could be a movie in its own right.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard

Through the years, filmmakers have latched on to Me and Julio as the official anthem of Pals Doing Stuff Together. One of the most memorable sequences featuring the song happened in Tenenbaums, when the estranged Royal tries to light a fire under his grandsons.

Full story at TDYLF.

Great music.

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