Michael (Robert de Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken and Steven (John Savage) are three buddies from the steel mill town of Clairton, Penn.They are like schoolmates, hanging out in a local bar and enjoying weekends of deer-hunting. Michael and Nick are also both in love with Linda (Meryl Streep), who seems to juggle both of the men. But their placid life is soon to be changed after they are enlisted in the airborne infantry of Vietnam. So they all celebrate a goodbye at Steven's wedding and they leave to Vietnam, where they are captured by the enemy and forced to play Russian roulette against each other.
Stanley Myers (1933–1993) was a prolific British film composer who scored over sixty films. He is best known for "Cavatina", an evocative guitar piece that served as the signature theme for Michael Cimino's 1978 film The Deer Hunter, and for which Myers won the Ivor Novello Award. A somewhat different version of this work, performed by John Williams, had appeared in The Walking Stick (1970). And yet another version had lyrics added. Cleo Laine and Iris Williams, in separate recordings as “He Was Beautiful”, helped to make "Cavatina" become even more popular.
The Sicilian Clan. Ennio Morricone
Roger Santet (Alain Delon) is a convicted murderer sprung from prison by the Sicilian clan headed by the aging Vittorio Manalese (Jean Gabin). They conspire to steal a large cache of jewels from an exhibit in Rome. As they are preparing for the heist, the mobster's American friend Tony Nicosia (Amedeo Nazzarri) suggests that a better way to get the rocks would be to hijack the transport plane while it is en route to New York. The dogged inspector Le Goff (Lino Ventura) is using all the available resources to thwart their plans. Though the heist itself is successful, Santet finds himself trapped by the mob because of his fling with Manalese's daughter-in-law (Irina Demick).
Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether this is music for a Fellini film, a spaghetti western, or a cold-blooded giallo, but somehow it all comes together perfectly and becomes something better with each listen. The first time I spun this I found it enjoyable, but now about twenty spins later I find it fascinating Ennio Morricone's soundtrack.
While attending a medical conference in Paris, American physician Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart), his wife, retired musical theater actress and singer Jo McKenna (Doris Day) and their adolescent son Hank (Christopher Olsen) decide to take a side trip to among other places Marrekesh, French Morocco. With a knife plunged into his back, Frenchman Louis Bernard (Daniel Gelin), who the family met earlier in their bus ride into Marrakesh and who is now masquerading as an Arab, approaches Ben, cryptically whispering that there will be an attempted assassination in London of a statesman.
“The Storm Clouds Cantata” is a chorale of the Australian composer Arthur Benjamin.
This piece was written for the assassination scene in the Alfred Hitchcock 1934 film.
For the 1953 remake of the movie Hitchcock asked his new musical collaborator, Bernard Herrmann, to not only conduct the orchestra on screen but write a new piece as well. Herrmann accepted the former offer but declined the latter, re-orchestrating the Cantata and conducting himself the London Symphony Orchestra, the Covent Garden Chorus and mezzo-soprano soloist Barbara Howitt.
Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp) is an inept bank clerk with no future. His only hobby is collecting butterflies, which gives him a feeling of power and control that is otherwise totally missing from his life. He comes into a large sum of money, and buys himself a country house. Still unable to make himself at ease socially, he decides to expand to collecting human specimens. That's where art student Miranda Grey (Samantha Eggar) comes in. He prepares the cellar of the house to be a collecting jar and stalks his victim over several days.
The great french composer Maurice Jarre focuses on one main childish and innocent topic, using instruments such as the harpsichord, organ, piano, flutes, also some jazz and a small orchestra in order to give a very particular musical universe of his twisted and psychopathic protagonist. His music work on The Collector adds an eerie quality indicative of the wolf in sheep’s clothing aspect found in Terence Stamp’s Freddie Clegg. In this video we can listen “The bargain” and “Main Theme”.
Charley Partanna (Jack Nicholson) is a hit-man who works for the Prizzis, one of the richest crime syndicate families in the country. Unbeknownst to Charley, the Prizzis just hired Irene Walker (Kathleen Turner), a free-lance killer, to eliminate someone who double-crossed them. When Irene and Charley fall in love their jobs become complicated. Their jobs become impossible when each is given a contract that neither can go through with.
Alex North (1910-1991) studied music at the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia, then won a scholarship to Juillard in New York and the Moscow Conservatoire, making him the first-ever American to become a member of the Union of Soviet Composers. His score, composed by this movie of John Huston, adapts the music of Giacomo Puccini and Gioachino Rossini. His idea was to achieve various sybolic paralells between the characters of the film story and the main opera sources.
The American artist couple Port (John Malkovich) and Kit Moresby (Debra Winger) travels aimless through Africa, searching for new experiences that could give new sense to their relationship. But the flight to distant regions leads both only deeper into despair. The film is based on the 1949 novel by Paul Bowles, who narrates the film and appears in a cameo role.
This is a timeless, haunting soundtrack. One of Sakamoto's best, and thanks to a supporting cast of great music, this is truly a soundscape best heard in totality. The Sheltering Sky won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and the LAFCA Award for Best Music.
In 1927, the former stunt Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) becomes a successful actor with the company of his best friend Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor) forming a romantic pair with the actress Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). In the period of transition from silent movies to talking pictures, Don accidentally meets the aspirant actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) while escaping from his fans and fall in love for her. Lina has troubles with the sharp tune of her voice, and Cosmo and Don decides to dub her, using Kathy's voice, to save their movie.
"Singin' In the Rain" is a song with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown, published in 1929. However, it is unclear exactly when the song was written with some claiming that the song was written and performed as early as 1927. But the song is surely best known today as the centerpiece of the musical film Singin' in the Rain (1952), in which Gene Kelly memorably danced to the song while splashing through puddles during a rainstorm in California. Alfred Hitchcock in NORTH BY NORTWEST and Stanley Kubrick in CLOCKWORK ORANGE pay tribute to Gene Kelly and this song.
Using unprecedented degrees of violence, young Joey Tai (John Lone) becomes the head of Chinese mafia in New York and undisputed leader of the Chinese community. Stanley White (Mickey Rourke), the most decorated cop in New York, who hates Asian people since his service in Vietnam, is put in charge of Chinatown. Both men are prone to breaking long-established rules and both men are unlikely to make compromises with each other, which leads to unavoidable and bloody conflict. In the meantime, Stanley fall in love with the journalist Tracy Tzu (Ariane).
Son of classical musicians and formally trained as a violinist, David Mansfield was first signed by the legendary Mary Martin, at sixteen, to Warner Bros. At age 18, David joined Bob Dylan's band for four years, starting with the "Rolling Thunder Revue". David's first film score was for the notorious epic "Heaven's Gate". It led to a four-film collaboration with director Michael Cimino, which resulted in a Golden Globe nomination for his score for the Oliver Stone-penned "Year Of The Dragon", that he implemented with both symphonic and electronic elements, this score truly defines the depth of this film and his career, because this soundtrack is a forgotten masterpiece
The film is set in the early nineteenth century. Ricardo (Frank Sinatra) is the son of a robber known as the Kissing Bandit. He however is a shy, Boston-bred young man who does not know how to sit on a horse. He falls for Teresa (Kathryn Grayson), the daughter of the Spanish Governor of California.
Few now remember this 1948 movie, one of Frank Sinatra's weakest musicals; but the Spanish Dance of Fury, in which Ann Miller was partnered by Cyd Charisse and Ricardo Montalban, is fondly recalled. This dance was choreographed by Stanley Donen, still one year away from making his directorial debut with “On the Town.” One presumes Donen directed the sequence too, as it puts everything else in the movie
Texas greenhorn Joe Buck (John Voight) arrives in New York for the first time. Preening himself as a real 'hustler', he finds that he is the one getting 'hustled' until he teams up with a down-and-out but resilient outcast named Ratso Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman). The initial 'country cousin meets city cousin' relationship deepens. In their efforts to bilk a hostile world rebuffing them at every turn, this unlikely pair progress from partners in shady business to comrades. Each has found his first real friend.
A well-above-average soundtrack, both for the contributions of top film scorer John Barry and the most famous Nilsson's hit single cover of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'," present in both the familiar version and a shorter one that is substantially different, particularly in its use of harmonica (which is not present at all on the single). Barry's main theme its memorable languid, melancholy melody and Toots Thielemans-style harmonica.
Pierre Bérard (Michel Piccoli), a man having a car crash experiences the events of his life through flashbacks, with particular emphasis on his relationships with his wife Catherine (Lea Massari) and his lover Hélène (Romy Schneider).
Philippe Sarde is a French film composer. Considered among the most versatile and talented French film composers of his generation. At the age of twenty four, after writing songs for Régine, Sarde met Claude Sautet, who asked him to write the music for his film The Things of Life (1969). The experience established his career direction and initiated a long partnership with Sautet that spanned twenty-five years and eleven films.
When their small village is once again attacked by the bandit Calvera (Eli Wallach), three Mexican farmers head north to try and buy guns. They ask Chris Adams(Yul Brynner) to help them but he suggests they hire experienced gunmen instead. He soon recruits five others and eventually accept a sixth who he had initially rejected but made it impossible for him to say no. Together, they develop a plan to secure the town and defend it against Calvera's attack.
The Magnificent Seven by Elmer Bernstein has one of the more famous themes of cinema. This score is much more than its well-known theme, however. It packs in just about everything one would expect from a score for a Western/Mexican movie written pre-Morricone: happy trumpet lines, lots of latin percussian, fanfareing horns, and Spanish guitar motifs and mixes them up brilliantly. In this video Stanley Black and his orchestra combines two splendid topics: Main Title and Petra’s Declaration.
Based on the 1951 novel The Conformist by Alberto Moravia, the film tell the story of Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a weak-willed Italian fascist, who receives the order of arranging the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.
living in Paris. He travels with his new bride, Giulia (Stefania Sandrelli) and he falls in love with the Professor's young and beautiful wife, Anna (Dominique Sanda). But also Giulia and Anna are mutually attracted.
French film composer Georges Delerue (1925-1992) studied his craft under prestigious movie musician Darius Milhaud. More interested in establishing mood than churning out hit theme songs, Delerue contributed the scores to over 150 motion pictures. Bertolucci hired George Delerue, who composed the score for Jean-Luc Godard'S LE MÉPRIS, to create the soundtrack of his movie. Among softer classical melodies like the main theme "Il Conformista", some other tracks like the famous "Valzer" rattle away in a more exotic manner.
Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep), a Danish woman, marries a friend for the title of Baroness and they move to Africa and start a coffee plantation. Things unfold when her husband begins cheating on her and is away on business often, so she's at home alone, working on the farm and bonding with two men she met in her first day in Africa. She eventually falls in love with the one, Denys Finch-Hatton (Robert Redford) and goes on safari and whatnot with him. Later, she begins to want more from him than the simple friendship/relationship they have and pushes marriage, but Denys still wants his freedom. By the end, she's gained a much better understanding and respect for the African culture than when she came.
Among the most memorable aspects of the film that led to a predictable Oscar (and Golden Globe) was the score by John Barry, who was experiencing the height of the romantic renaissance in his career at the time. The grandiose melodies on strings that were pervasive in the composer's career then carried him as a mainstream favorite. The use of descending cello and bass string figures will connect this score to other soundtracks composed by him.
Henri "Papillon" Charrière (Steve McQueen) is sentenced to life in prison and transported to the penal in French Guyana. Aboard ship on the voyage over, he meets Louis Degas (Dustin Hoffman), a forger. They form a bond that will last them a great many years. The conditions at the penal colony are horrific and Papillon desperately wants to escape. He first attempt ends quickly in failure and as a result he spends 2 years in solitary confinement. His next attempts is somewhat more successful and he actually spends a idyllic time with a tribe of Central America Indians. Once caught however, he does 5 years in solitary confinement. Once released, he decides to make one final attempt at freedom.
A major Goldsmith work from the early 70's inspired a lush and memorable theme for one of the composer's most personal works. Strings, Piano and Woodwinds dominate this heartfelt score, delving deep into the relationship between McQueen and Hoffman's characters and their brutal incarceration while a mix of great escape adventure and bleak drama plays out a relatively sparse, but perfectly judged score. The song “Toi, qui regarde la mer” was sung by Nicoletta.
Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO has become one of the most celebrated American films in its genre and Bernard Herrmann’s music for the film contains an equally celebrated musical icon—the slasher music—that has become a universal motif for all slasher films. The roots of this slasher music are found in a tune called “The Psycho Theme” label given to it in the cue sheets) that has been largely ignored over the years.
For PSYCHO, Bernard Hermann was to concoct nothing less than a cello and violin masterwork, "black and white" music that throbbed sonorously as often as it gnawed at the nerve endings. The score would prove to be a summation of all of Hermann's previous scores for Hitchcock's films, conveying as it did the sense of the abyss that is the human psyche, dread, longing, regret in short, the wellsprings of the Hitchcock universe. He was particularly amused by Hermann's screaming violins and gave him more credit than anyone else he ever spoke of. So pleased was the parsimonious director by Hermann's score that he did the unheard of: He nearly doubled the composer's salary to $34.501.
Set in 1830's Texas just after the Republic won its independence from Mexico. The Republic's future is in doubt, with various factions and foreign powers hoping to sway matters to their own advantage. President Sam Houston instructs one of his agents, deaf-mute Erastus "Deaf" Smith (Anthony Quinn), to infiltrate and put down one of the growing rebel factions. Accompanying him is his friend Johnny Ears (Franco Nero), who must not only do Smith's hearing for him, but must also conceal Smith's handicap, as the rebels have intercepted a message that a deaf-mute spy is in their midst.
The Italian orchestra leader and composer Daniele Patucchi was the author of this original soundtrack.
A beautiful woman, Manoela (Laura Antonelli) is engaged to one man, Martino (Michele Placido), but has an affair with both a young nobleman Danny (Terence Stamp) and later his cousin Michele, playing them against each other. Set in the decadent Roaring Twenties, the triangle dissolves against suicide and fascism.
Cesare Andrea Bixio composed the soundtrack that was later arranged and directed by Ennio Morricone. The main theme is “L’ultimo arlecchino” (The last harlequin)