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9 Favorite Film Composers

As I approach my 50th birthday on the 19th, I’ve naturally been taking stock of my life so far and looking back at the good, bad and the ugly over my first half century. Arguably the most consistent element among the ups and downs is my love of film music. So, in a purely selfish… More

Lawrence of Arabia

9 Favorite Film Scores of 1962

August is my birthday month. Back in school it sucked because kids never bothered to remember your birthday during the summer. As a young adult, I used to have a mental list that I’d check off each year as friends wished me a happy birthday (or not). (Pathetic.) Now, due to the marvel of Facebook,… More

Lawrence of Arabia

CD Review: Lawrence of Arabia

Few films are as majestic or engrossing as David Lean’s LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. With a running time of nearly four hours, the film is filled with indelible cinematic images, memorable set pieces, and a spectacular, star-making performance by Peter O’Toole. For us film music fans, it’s all about the music and few films scores make… More

Lawrence of Arabia

9 Favorite Film Scores of Maurice Jarre

In celebration of the imminent release of Tadlow’s new re-recording of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, I’m devoting this month’s “9 on the 9th” post to three-time Oscar-winner Maurice Jarre. I’ve always had a love it/hate it relationship with much of Jarre’s music. I often put him in the same category as Dimitri Tiomkin. When he’s good,… More

A Passage To India

A Passage To India

David Lean provided a triple threat for his final film, A PASSAGE TO INDIA (1984), serving as director, screenwriter and editor. But by serving in too many roles, he lost sight of the “big picture.” Lean had been trying to purchase the rights to E.M. Forster’s novel for years, and was only able to secure… More


I Know I’m Not Ordinary

It’s one of the most famous examples of film editing in movie history. Peter O’Toole blows out a match and the scene cuts to a desolate, empty landscape and a hazy orange sky. We hear the faint, exotic sound of a zither, as if music begins to wake along with the dawn. One by one,… More


Maurice Jarre (1924-2009)

Three-time Academy Award-winner Maurice Jarre died today at age 84 from cancer. And it is his music that we celebrate in remembrance. Jarre had his first international hit with his Oscar-winning score for Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. But he wasn’t the original choice to score the entire film. William Walton and Malcolm Arnold both passed on… More