Tina Turner and the cinema: a big role in “Mad Max” and a constellation of soundtracks

A few minutes after the announcement of her death, the Cannes Film Festival was already paying tribute to Tina Turner. The stars of the Croisette climbed the steps to the sound of The Best, emblematic title of the artist, which is still effective more than thirty years after its release. While the filmmakers had their portraits taken, the photographers wiggled behind the barriers. In Cannes, the red carpet was “dedicated to Tina Turner“this May 24th.

A legendary role in “Mad Max”

Not surprising when you know the relationship of the singer with the cinema. If Tina Turner had gold in her voice, her acting was also remarkable. Impossible not to remember his gripping role in Mad Max: Beyond Thunder Dome. Alongside Mel Gibson, the singer plays Aunty Entity, a woman who tries to rebuild living together in a post-apocalyptic world. For madmax,Tina Turner also records three unreleased tracks, which appear on the film’s soundtrack. Among them, We don’t need another hero was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

An autobiographical documentary

Angela Basset and Laurence Fishburne play Tina and Ike Turner in "Tina", a 1993 film based on the singer's autobiography.  (ARCHIVES OF THE 7TH ART)

The native of Tennessee has distinguished herself in a plethora of films. Many appearances where she plays her own role, offered by renowned directors. Among these “cameos”, we can cite the dramatic comedy taking offby Milos Forman.

The singer has also lent her face and her voice to numerous documentaries. In the 1970s, she participated in several projects around the Rolling Stones. In Gimme Shelterby David Maysles, Albert Maysles And Charlotte Zwerin, she recounts the events of a tour of the British group. In 1993, a documentary based on his autobiography, Tina. Angela Basset embodies the singer and even receives a nomination for the Oscar for best actress. The film is critically acclaimed, even if it takes some liberties with reality.

Successful soundtracks

The 7th art owes a lot to Tina Turner, especially when it comes to film music. His most famous soundtrack is surely that of the 17th opus of the James Bond saga, Golden Eye. The singer signs the eponymous title, where her suave and tormented voice at the same time recalls the moods of the British spy. Composed by Bono and The Edge, the title clashes with the usual style of the saga.

The queen of rock’n’roll has lent her voice to other soundtracks, such as thunder days with Tom Cruise. In this film about car racing in the United States, she finds great names in song for a pop-rock album: Elton John, Cher, Gun N’Roses… Tina Turner does not stop there, and signs also music for cartoons: The Lion King 2 or Bear Brothers.

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