Dance onto Campus with Our MUBI Back-to-School Spotify Playlist

Set the scene for a cinematic school year with music featured in some of the films available on the arthouse streaming service

BY Exclaim! StaffPublished Sep 14, 2023

No part of the year feels more primed for reinvention than September. Summer is coming to a close, but we won't even fully appreciate it for what it was until it's in the rearview — and maybe we're just nerds over here, but back to school remains the most exciting time of the year. MUBI shares that class-in-session excitement, so we've teamed up with them yet again to co-curate a playlist to set the scene for a cinematic school year.

A soundtrack has the power to make or break a movie, and the same could be said for the future-tense memories you make with each new school year. Whether you're an actual student or a student of life, songs by the likes of David Bowiethe Psychedelic FursGrimesBonnie TylerNo DoubtJai Paul and Desire — from films like The SouvenirTeen SpiritDogvilleBurst City and Rodeo — make the hum-drum of routine feel like a main-character montage leading up to something big.

MUBI also understands the magnetic charge that surrounds what musicians are able to do live in concert, as well as the inevitable interest in who they are when they step off the stage. The streamer's ongoing Turn It Up: Music on Film collection highlights the artist self-doubt that even Courtney Barnett feels in Anonymous Club, the intimacy of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis's artistic partnership in This Much I Know to Be True, and brings to life Japanese cyberpunk (Burst City), hip-hop colliding with the supernatural (Meet Doug) and the struggles of a superstar gone too soon (Amy).

Unless she happens to be a really cool arthouse cinema buff, MUBI is not your mother's streaming service. The platform allows you to discover progressive film from around the world, hand-picked by a team of curators. We've partnered with MUBI to offer you 30 three days of free access to their entire algorithm-free catalogue so you can kickstart your cinephile rebrand, redeemable here.


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