Director Explains How the Music Serves as a "Celebration" of Black People" (The Harder They Fall "The Harder They Fall " The Director Explains How the Music Performs as a "Celebration" of Black People
During Friday's (Dec. 2) pause, the music behind s revisionist Western film, co-produced by Jay-Z, is getting a special touch.
Four of those tracks are featured on The Harder They Fall (The Motion Picture Soundtrack), which peaked at No. 11 on chart last month No Turning Around by Samuel, Three and Thirty Years by South African operatic soprano Pretty Yende, Wednesdays Child by jazz and blues singer Alice Smith, and Better Than Gold by Jamaican reggae/dancehall artist Barrington Levy.
I'm really careful with The Harder They Fall to not address slavery and racism bang on. I just want to a make a movie about these individuals living by themselves and it just be a celebration of these people's existence and our people's existence, as opposed to living under the man, Samuel points out in the video segment prior to giving Zazie Beetz (who plays Stagecoach Mary in the movie) a countdown as she breaks out into a thrilling performance of the march-like anthem.
With Wednesdays Child, Samuels explains how the song recalls the better days before slavery's inception, and how the blue lady dancing while Smith sings the song in the movie represents the sea and the middle passage. Everything we experience as an oppressed people, we still find strength in our spirit to celebrate that hope, he adds.
The Harder They Fall is one of Netflix's original films that will be carefully dissected during Netflix Playlist, a virtual musical showcase that unpacks the music with the individuals who made it come to life.
Below is a sneak peek at the music in The Harder They Fall.
This plot first appeared on Netflix and it was aired.