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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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Company Credits

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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A Must See if You Love Music and Movies
25 June 2017 | by TigerHeronSee all my reviews

A fairly comprehensive documentary about composers of music scores, their process in working with directors, their relationship with musicians and their reactions to the finished product. The film focuses somewhat on Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams and Hans Zimmer (who speaks quite a bit in the film and is amusing) but many other composers are included. The changing nature of film scores over time is explored. A film historian and a psychologist also make appearances. One of my favorite parts looked at different instruments that have been used in soundtracks. I will probably be paying a lot more attention to the score in films I see in the future!

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