Tag : Miklós Rózsa

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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Miklós Rózsa

Your score for the Korda film JUNGLE BOOK, done in 1942, became the first movie score to be commercially recorded on 78 RPM records. In the suite you wrote individual themes played by solo instruments to represent the various animals in the story. I like the theme you wrote for Bakeera, the black panther. Every…

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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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Quo Vadis

A motion picture with historical background always presents interesting problems to the composer. There have been innumerable other historical pictures produced before QUO VADIS, and they were all alike in their negligent attitude toward the stylistic accuracy of their music. It is interesting to note what; painstaking research is usually made to ascertain the year…

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Miklós Rózsa

DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID is a comedy and you are not really known for scoring comedies. How did you first become involved with Carl Reiner and DEAD MEN? Well, very simply, they asked for me. I don’t know what the reason was, but they said they had been wanting me all the time. But…

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