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9 Favorite Main Titles

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, movies used to have main titles that were scored. For two minutes, the composer laid the musical groundwork and set the tone for the film to follow. Then along came main title songs, sometimes written by the score composers, sometimes not. If not, the composer… More

Hans Zimmer

9 Most Influential Film Composers

Every film composer brings his or her talent to a project. They carve out a career path for themselves in which they (hopefully) can make a living through the art and craft of creating music. But some film composers change the face of the art form. In the course of doing their jobs, they leave… More

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Tall Tales

THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN is exactly what the title suggests: an episodic, highly entertaining (and highly fictionalized) “biography” of the celebrated author through his childhood, riverboating on the Mississippi River, his books and legendary lecture tour. Fredric March is a delight as—and the spitting image of—Twain, and even though much of the film contains… More

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

50 Favorite Film Scores, Part 2: #40–31

Yesterday, I began a week-long look at 50 of my favorite film scores. If you want to read about the background behind the project, check out the earlier post. The remaining scores will be covered throughout the rest of the week. Now, on with the next installment of 50 of my favorite film scores… 40…. More

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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

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

In 1917, three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, reportedly saw a vision of a lady in a cloud. Over a period of six months, the crowds expanded on the 13th of each month as news spread of sightings of what appeared to be the Blessed Virgin Mary. THE MIRACLE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA (1952) explores the age-old… More

The Music Man

9 Favorite Film Music Marches

Because my quota of clever (such as it is) is already used up for the month, March’s “9 on the 9th” post celebrates, well, marches. (Oy.) Having spent more than my dues in marching bands back in high school, the strict 4/4 march tempo can make me break out in a cold sweat, as do… More

Gone With the Wind

9 Favorite Film Scores of Max Steiner

“The Father of Film Music”… How’s that for a moniker to live up to? I don’t know when or where that title was given to Max Steiner, or whether it gave him pause or not. Probably not. But few titles are more apropos. Sure, there was film music prior to Steiner’s arrival in Hollywood. But his… More