ABC's

The ABC’s of Film Scores

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 LIFETHE 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 DRAGONHAWAII, 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 BESSYOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and THE YOUNG LIONS

Z is for ZULU DAWN, ZORBA THE GREEK, and Z…duh!

…and a whole lot more.

What are YOUR ABC’s of film scores?

  1. International ABC’s of Film Scores
    A for AMARCORD (Rota)
    B for BORSALINO! (Bolling)
    C for La COURSE DU LIEVRE A TRAVERS LES CHAMPS (Lai)
    D for La DOLCE VITA (Rota)
    E for ESCALATION (Morricone)
    F for FELLINI CASANOVA (Rota)
    G for GET CARTER (Budd)
    H for HISTORIE D’O (Brachelet)
    I for INTERBANG (Pisano)
    J for JOE CERCATI UN POSTO PER MORIRE (Ferrio)
    K for KALI YUG LA DEA DELLA VENDETTA (Lavagnino)
    L for LO CHIAMAVANO TRINITA (Micalizzi)
    M for METTI UNA SERA A CENA (Morricone)
    N for 99 DONNE (Nicolai)
    O for ORFEO NEGRO (Bonfa and Jobim)
    P for La PISCINE (Legrand)
    Q for QUANDO LE DONNE AVEVANO LA CODA (Morricone)
    R for La RAGAZZA DE BUBE (Rustichelli)
    S for STAVISKY (Sondheim)
    T for TESS (Sarde)
    U for UCELLO DALLE PLUME CRISTALLO (Morricone)
    V for VENERE IMPERIALE (Lavagnino)
    W for WINNETOU UND DAS HALBBLUT APACHE (Bottcher)
    X for XICA DA SILVA (Ben and Menescal)
    Y for YOJIMBO (Sato)
    Z for Z (Theodorakis)

    1. Wonderful list, Gary! My foreign film knowledge, while slightly better than adequate, is woefully lacking in so many ways. This gives me a whole new list to check out. (God, I love lists! LOL)

  2. So Jim, this is me picking ones you did not (and you picked some of my all time favorites) and restricted to my own collection:
    A is for Alien (Goldsmith), Atonement (Marianelli) and The Aviator (Shore)
    B is for Back to the Future (Silvestri), Batman (Elfman) and Black Beauty (Elfman)
    C is for China Town (Goldsmith), Copernicus Star (Korzeniowskki) and Cutthroat Island (Debney)
    D is for Devil and Daniel Webster (Herrmann) and The Departed (Shore)
    E is for Edward Scissorhands (Elfman) and The Egyptian (A. Newman & Herrmann)
    F is for The Final Conflict (Goldsmith) and Far from Heaven (Bernstein)
    G is for The Good German (T. Newman), The Godfather (Rota) and The Golden Compass (Desplat)
    H is for Hangover Square (Herrmann), Hatari (Mancini) and Hoosiers (Goldsmith)
    I is for The Incredibles (Giacchino) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Williams)
    J is for Jason and the Argonauts (Herrmann) and Jurassic Park (Williams)
    K is for King Kong (Steiner) and Kings Row (Korngold)
    L is for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Shore), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Shore) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Shore)
    M is for Memoirs of a Geisha (Williams), Mulan (Goldsmith)
    N is for Notes of a Scandal (Glass) and Naked Lunch (Shore)
    O is for Odna (Shostakovitch) and Out of Africa (Barry)
    P is for Pan’s Labyrinth (Navarrete), Poltergeist (Goldsmith) and Psycho (Herrmann)
    Q is for The Queen (Desplat) and The Quick and the Dead (Silvestri)
    R is for Rebecca (Waxman), Road to Perdition (T. Newman) and Rudy (Goldsmith)
    S is for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Horner), Superman (Williams) and Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
    T is for Three Amigos! (Bernstein and R. Newman), True Grit (Bernstein) and Touch of Evil (Mancini)
    U is for The Unforgettable Year (Shostakovitch)
    V is for Van Helsing (Silvestri)
    W is foe Wall-E (T. Newman)
    X is for X2 (Ottman)
    Z is for Zulu (Barry)
    Alright Zulu is my only cheat, do have the DVD but not the score. Why are lists so much fun?

    1. You’ve got some great ones in there, Simon, and many that I was pissed I had to leave off. FAR FROM HEAVE, THE GOOD GERMAN, THE LORD OF THE RINGS and ODNA (superb choice!) to name a few. How could I leave these off?!

      1. Happy to be complementary and complimentary. I really enjoy Shostakovitch’s film music, his Hamlet score is one of my favorites (but not above Hoosiers, Hatari and Hangover Square!).

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