Soundtrack

Bill Conti

Named William after his grandfather, Bill Conti was born on April 13, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island. He joined an Italian-American family whose interests included sculpture, music and painting, but it was the second of those arts which played a major role in the young man’s development: there was a radio on the table at…

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George Antheil

Early this year the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation commissioned Lawrence Morton to record in Hollywood fourteen interviews with film composers for subsequent broadcast on the CBC series entitled MUSIC FROM THE FILMS. Morton’s interviews had been preceded by a series in which Muir Mathieson had discussed film music with British composers; a new British series is…

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In The Tracks of Gabriel Yared

Gabriel Yared composed the original score of numerous films like “Betty Blue” by Jean-Jacques Beineix, “Camille Claudel” by Bruno Nuytten, “The Lover” by Jean-Jacques Annaud, “The English Patient”, “Cold Mountain”, “The Talented Mister Ripley” and “Breaking and Entering” by Anthony Minghella.Through interviews with collaborative personalities like Jean-Hugues Anglade, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Anthony Minghella, Carolyn Carlson, Karl…

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In The Tracks of Georges Delerue

This film aims to revive the memory of this great composer from the French School, who was driven by the music. He dedicated the major part of his art and of his work to the film score. He was the author of more than 200 film scores. Very few composers expressed themselves like him through…

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In The Tracks of Maurice Jarre

60 years of successful career, 200 film scores, 70 years of theater … From the most beautiful hours of TNP to the Academy Awards of “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago”, Maurice Jarre is a film legend. He lived between Switzerland and Los Angeles where he invited the audience to a private interview in the…

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John Williams on The Phantom Menace

The following interview was recorded on April 9, 1999, at Universal Studios and was made available to the media by 20th Century Fox. What was it like the first time you met George Lucas? What were you impressions of him and of the first STAR WARS movie? I met George approximately in 1976, when he…

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Julius Caesar

In my previous articles about the music of QUO VADIS, IVANHOE and PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE I have expanded my theories about music written for historical films. Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR presented new problems. If it had been merely a historical film about Julius Caesar I would have undoubtedly tried a reconstruction or approximation of the Roman music…

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Kenyon Hopkins

In the past year you have written your first scores for feature films – BABY DOLL, TWELVE ANGRY MEN and THE STRANGE ONE. Previously you had been writing for documentaries and industrials. Did you find the adjustment difficult? No. I have always liked dramatic music, and this is just an extension of the technique used…

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Lust for Life

Hollywood has not exactly achieved world fame for the historical accuracy of its film biographies, as the carefree manner in which it often juggles historical facts with sheer fantasy to suit its own dramatic purposes is its Achilles heel, where it can be – and usually is – attacked. LUST FOR LIFE, however, is a…

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