AFI's Master Class: The Art of Collaboration: Season 1, Episode 1

Steven Spielberg and John Williams (7 Nov. 2011)

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Interesting look at a famous collaboration...
30 December 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Although I'm impressed by how well Steven Spielberg and John Williams have gotten along throughout the years on their collaboration as producer/director and musician, respectively, I'm surprised that the choices they made for film clips are not ones I would have chosen.

What I mean is, the background scores for all of those clips were not the film's strongest moments--with the exception of "Vertigo" which, of course, was a Hitchcock film with Bernard Herrmann's score.

The highlight chosen from "ET" for example, is the ride against the bright moon--but much more tender moments were written (score-wise) for the Henry Thomas/ET moments of good-bye with the surging score when the craft takes off. That's the moment when the score reaches its zenith.

And likewise, "Catch Me If You Can" was an uninspired choice.

But when the two answer questions about their collaboration, or simply sit and talk about their first encounter and the many films that followed, the documentary is on the right track.

Summing up: Especially interesting for film fans who pay a lot of attention to film music and have a high regard for film soundtracks.

Most amusing moment: When Spielberg talks about hearing Williams' score for "Jaws" for the first time.

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