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Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016)

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A look at the cinematic art of the film musical score, and the artists who create them.

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Matt Schrader

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Matt Schrader
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David Arnold ... Himself
Tyler Bates ... Himself
Christophe Beck ... Himself
Marco Beltrami ... Himself
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Jon Burlingame ... Himself
James Cameron ... Himself
Mychael Danna ... Himself
John Debney ... Himself
Alexandre Desplat ... Himself
Patrick Doyle ... Himself
Danny Elfman ... Himself
Elliot Goldenthal ... Himself
Harry Gregson-Williams ... Himself
Junkie XL ... Himself
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For a predominately visual medium like cinema, its musical component plays a vital role as well, especially its score. In that essential musical accompaniment, the soul of the film is expressed whether it be sweepingly majestic fanfares or delicate lyrical pieces. This documentary explores the artistic role of this special musical discipline that completes the cinematic artistic creation process and the artists who have devoted their careers to this contribution. We explore the form's history and examine the masters who defined it with their own distinctive artistic vision. In doing so, the various components of this delicate creative process are revealed as they create a musical compositional work that has inspired a popular appreciation of music in all its forms, which gave some old musical ways their own new lease on life. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Behind every great film is a great composer.

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Documentary | Music

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Score - Eine Geschichte der Filmmusik See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$101,382, 30 November 2017
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Epicleff Media See more »
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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13 June 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Some people remember movies by recalling the story … others by picturing the actors … still others by crediting the writer and director. Surprisingly, it's the film's music that we subconsciously carry with us. Even years later a theme song can trigger an emotional tie to our favorite movies. The magic of movies and their scores are so inter-connected that you often can't think of one without the other: Jaws, Star Wars, The Magnificent Seven, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Psycho, Gone with the Wind, James Bond, Batman, Titanic, Chariots of Fire, and Jurassic Park (to name a few). Chances are, just reading that list caused you to hear the themes!

Director Matt Schrader, in his directorial debut, takes us back to the beginning by explaining that silent films were never really silent. There was invariably live or recorded musical accompaniment to help muffle the sound of the projector. But it was Max Steiner's score for King Kong in 1933 that really changed the game. His music transformed that film from a schlocky special effects B-movie into a tense, thrilling cinematic experience.

This is so much more than a history of important and beautifully written scores. Director Schrader interviews most of the well-known film composers working today. He gains insight into their writing process, commentary on the ground-breakers who came before them, and uncovers how technology, new instruments, new styles, and a different approach are always in the works.

Some of those interviewed include Rachel Portman (the only female composer included here), Randy Newman, Danny Elfman, Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor, and Thomas Newman (son of Alfred). There is also a well-deserved segment reserved entirely for the great John Williams, and we get reminded of the revolutionary composers like Jerry Goldsmith (Planet of the Apes, Chinatown) and Bernard Hermann (Psycho), as well as Henry Mancini (The Pink Panther), Monty Norman (James Bond), and Ennio Morricone (classic westerns). A quick segment that proves quite entertaining focuses on Mark Mothersbaugh (formerly of Devo) telling the story of how he used a toy piano for the score of Rugrats, but regrettably no longer has possession of the little piano anymore.

Oscar winning composer Hans Zimmer is a recurring voice throughout and provides some structure to the numerous interviews and segments. It's quite humorous to see this highly accomplished, world-renowned composer in his early days as a keyboardist for The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" (the first video played on MTV). More importantly, Mr. Zimmer discusses the insecurities and pressures that go along with the job, and how change (such as his aggressive sounds) isn't always welcomed openly.

The technical aspects of creating the score are certainly not ignored. We get a glimpse inside Abbey Road Studios, and how thrilling it is for a composer to hear the live orchestra bring his or her music to life that first time. It also serves as a reminder that film composing employs a significant number of the live orchestral musicians working today, and that we all hope technology doesn't replace that imperfect beauty of the real thing.

Adding a scientific perspective was a nice touch. Learning that our brains respond to movie music in a similar manner to chocolate and sex made a great deal of sense, as I've often wondered if film scores are more manipulative or complementary in nature. If there is a disappointment in the film, it's that the recently deceased James Horner seems woefully short-changed, with only a brief post-credits segment featuring director James Cameron who, as usual, spends the time talking more about himself than the impact of Horner. This documentary is a must for movie lovers and music lovers, and on a personal note, made me miss my friend Adam very much. He would have certainly enjoyed this one and had a great deal to say about it.


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