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Music in the movies: The scores of John Barry 1980-2001

5 September 2011 4:42 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We take John Barry’s non-Bond retrospective into the 80s, with some of his epic scores of love, lust and loss…

John Barry’s love affair with cinema is well documented. One could not imagine such a torrent of melodic invention pouring forth with such vibrant intensity if he was not enraptured by the cinematic experience: the darkened periphery of the auditoria; the hushed reverence of another world; the minutiae of human emotion playing out on the big screen. Everything he did, from The Beat to Enigma, represented a direct and synchronous passion for lyrical expression alongside the visual language of film.

The young Prendergast got his love of film from his father, Jack Xavier, who was a cinema projectionist in the silent movie era and would subsequently own a chain of cinemas in the North East. One of Barry’s earliest memories was being carried on his dad’s »

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