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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.


Matt Schrader


Matt Schrader
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Arnold ... Himself
Tyler Bates ... Himself
Christophe Beck ... Himself
Marco Beltrami ... Himself
Paul Broucek Paul Broucek ... Himself
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


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.


Documentary | Music


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Release Date:

5 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Score - Eine Geschichte der Filmmusik See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$101,382, 30 November 2017
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Production Co:

Epicleff Media See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Watch this with the volume way up... it sounds incredible!
18 May 2018 | by garethcrookSee all my reviews

Okay so a documentary about film scores sounds a bit dry and boring right? Well you'd be very wrong, it's fantastic! A real insight into a world that moves us, toys with us, helps us experience films in a way that we simply couldn't do without music. Hans Zimmer is a revelation. Talking about the excitement of creating and the fear of getting started, what am I doing? Can I do this? It's fun too though, The Pink Panther, James Bond, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, music that makes you smile, that transports you. Bernard Herrmann's work with Hitchcock, moving away from tunes into something so much more. The way music can enhance and even be a character in itself or simply provide a skeleton for the visuals to flesh out. There are some downsides, James Cameron proving once again what an uncultured moron he is, but really it's a celebration of musicians, of composers, of studios, the technicians, of film and emotion. There's a wonderful feel of play to the whole thing. That music needs wiggle room and shouldn't, can't be perfect, it needs space. "If everyone in the orchestra hit the same note on the page, it would sound terrible. It would be like putting auto-tune on Etta James. It would take all the soul out of it". Yes there's a lot of the expected Williams, Zimmer, Elfman, Newman, but most of this is narrated by the non superstar composers working today and there's definitely the suggestion that things are once again changing with people like Reznor, Greenwood, Mansell working today. Making the whole thing very positive, not just a golden age nostalgia fest, the future is just as exciting. Oh and needless to say, watch this with the volume way up... it sounds incredible!

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