When it comes to choosing a nostalgic soundtrack that makes clever use of popular music as a storytelling device, Richard Linklater is one of the pros. The release of his 12-years-in-the-making film Boyhood is just weeks away. Now that a soundtrack list has been released, it’s clear that Linklater perfectly captured the spirit of a decade in one boy’s life from ages six to 18.
Songs from Coldplay, Britney Spears and Cat Power populate the soundtrack. The selection contributed to Boyhood’s $200,000-a-year production cost, for a total of $2.4 million. We think it was money well spent. Our friends at The Film Stage created a Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure. A few songs were excluded due to accessibility (plus several tracks that star Ethan Hawke created for the movie), but this is a nice snapshot of the movie’s vibe.
The ambitious project, which took home the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, opens in theaters on July 11.
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