American Hustle’s Music of Swindle, by Geoffrey O’Brien

Buck Clayton wrote that Duke Ellington threw p...

Buck Clayton wrote that Duke Ellington threw parties at the Dunbar with “chicks and champagne everywhere.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bale and Adams fall in love to the strains of Duke Ellington, and dance while Jack Jones croons “I’ve Got Your Number”; the hapless Cooper pursues his doomed amour fou as Donna Summer chants “I Feel Love” at Studio 54; Lawrence lip-syncs “Live and Let Die” in close-up as she boils with rage against her cheating husband; Bale and Renner seal their newfound friendship by singing along with Tom Jones on “Delilah.” The steady stream of Chicago, America, Elton John, Santana, Steely Dan, and Jeff Lynne tracks sometimes gives the impression of a Top 40 station playing permanently, inescapably, in the background of everyone’s personal drama—an impression quite faithful to the texture of urban life in the 70s.

via The Music of the Swindle by Geoffrey O’Brien | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books.

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