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9 Film Scores That Deserved a Pulitzer

The Pulitzer Prizes, handed out every April, are arguably the most prestigious prizes for journalism, arts and letters, and music in the U.S. Their monetary value is nominal; what matters is the prestige. In this month’s newsletter, I discussed the 2004 changes that came about in the Pulitzer rules allowing film music into consideration for… More

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Homecoming

“Best” is an apt word for THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES. The 1946 film won 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Fredric March), Best Director (William Wyler), and another for Hugo Friedhofer‘s classic score. The film tells the story of three soldiers (March, Dana Andrews, Harold Russell) returning to the homefront after… More

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The Bishop’s Wife

THE BISHOP’S WIFE contains one of Hugo Friedhofer‘s most heavenly scores. Cary Grant stars as an angel who is summoned to earth in answer to the Bishop’s (David Niven) prayer to help him find his way in building a new cathedral.  Instead, Dudley (Grant) helps the Bishop reignite his relationship with his wife (Loretta Young) and… More