My take on new releases of film music from today and yesterday.
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When you’re under the spell (get it, spell?) of film music, you arrange your collection alphabetically, some by composer, some by film score. It’s as easy as the ABC’s.
A is for ALL ABOUT EVE, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD,and ALEXANDER NEVSKY
B is for THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL, and BEN-HUR
C is for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, CAPRICORN ONE, and CLEOPATRA
D is for A DOUBLE LIFE, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, and THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
E is for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, and ELMER GANTRY
F is for THE FURY, FIRST KNIGHT, and FINDING NEMO
G is for GONE WITH THE WIND, THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR, and THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
H is for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, HAWAII, and THE HEIRESS
I is for IVAN THE TERRIBLE, ISLANDS IN THE STREAM, and IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD
J is for JAWS, JOHNNY BELINDA, and JULIET OF THE SPIRITS
K is for KING OF KINGS, KUNDUN, and THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM
L is for LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, THE LION IN WINTER, and LILI
M is for MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
N is for NORTH BY NORTHWEST, THE NUN’S STORY, and NOW, VOYAGER
O is for THE OMEN, ON GOLDEN POND, and ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
P is for PATTON, PEYTON PLACE, and PLANET OF THE APES
Q is for QUO VADIS, QUENTIN DURWARD, and THE QUIET MAN
R is for RAGGEDY MAN, RETURN TO OZ, and THE RED VIOLIN
S is for STAR WARS, SPARTACUS, and THE SONG OF BERNADETTE
T is for TWO FOR THE SEESAW, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and TARAS BULBA
U is for UNDER FIRE, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, and UP
V is for THE VILLAGE, VIVA ZAPATA!, and VERTIGO
W is for THE WIND AND THE LION, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, and THE WIZARD OF OZ
X is for 8 1/2, 1941, and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Alex North’s rejected score)
Y is for YOUNG BESS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and THE YOUNG LIONS
Z is for ZULU DAWN, ZORBA THE GREEK, and Z…duh!
…and a whole lot more.