The Background Beat (1965)

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In this promotional short for Once a Thief (1965), composer Lalo Schifrin explains how he tries to make the music complement each particular scene, depending on the scene's mood.

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Ralph Nelson ...
Himself (uncredited)
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Director Ralph Nelson hires a boyish Lalo Schifrin to compose and record the soundtrack for the moody black-and-white film, "Once a Thief." We see them discuss the film, then Schifrin gets to work. He tell the camera what he's aiming for, we see him composing at his piano then conducting an orchestra. At the end of the short film, we see a scene with Schifrin's music giving it emotional texture. Written by <>

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Great idea, bad performance...
19 October 2001 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The idea of learning the audience something of the psychological effect and thus meaning of the music and sound in a movie is great. However it has been put on stage very clumsily. Every detail is learned in advance; it is not really an interview or documentary. But it is nice to get familiar with the music composer. You are watching the movie from a different and richer perspective.

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