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Hollywood Golden Age (04:44)


An influx of European artists helps produce impactful films; film scores tell a second story. Experts discuss Miklós Rózsa's background and "The Thief of Bagdad."

Film Noir (04:59)

Director Billy Wilder relates to Rózsa's musical style. Rózsa writes the score for five of his movies including "Double Indemnity." Rózsa creates a psychological character and introduces the theremin in "The Lost Weekend."

Alfred Newman (06:15)

Newman grows up poor. He works as a vaudeville pianist and conducts musicals on Broadway before arriving in Hollywood where creates scores for many films including "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "How Green Was My Valley."

Bernard Herrmann (04:11)

Herrmann's score for "Citizen Cane" causes a revolution in cinema. He has a background in radio and working with Orson Welles.

Franz Waxman (07:56)

Waxman shows musical talent at a young age. Friedrich Hollaender discovers him in Germany. Waxman flees antisemitism and arrives in Hollywood where he creates scores for "The Bride of Frankenstein," "Rebecca," "Suspicion," and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

Leading Hollywood Composers (04:58)

Max Steiner, Erich Korngold, and Herbert Stothart continue to lead film scoring. Experts discuss Steiner's scores for "Now, Voyager," and "Casablanca."

World War II Era Films (08:30)

Cinema has a different responsibility. Steiner wins an Oscar for "Since You Went Away." Rózsa creates scores for "Spellbound" and "The Killers." Newman creates the score for "The Snake Pit."

"The Third Man" (04:59)

The score in the 1949 film has a distinct motif and various themes. Carol Reed discovers Anton Karas. In the 1940s, film scores become a third storytelling component.

Credits: Episode 3: 1940s - The Golden Age (00:40)

Credits: Episode 3: 1940s - The Golden Age

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Episode 3: 1940s - The Golden Age

Part of the Series : Great Film Composers: Music of the Movies
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This period is considered the Golden Age of Hollywood as the studios were filled with the most extraordinary directors and actors, and also the importance of the soundtrack in film was becoming a vital part of the drama. New composers including Miklos Rózsa, Alfred Newman, and Frank Waxman continued to emerge alongside the established leaders in the industry to deliver such classics such Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Spellbound, The Killers, Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Suspicion, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane (composed by Bernard Herrmann), Steiner’s Now Voyager and Casablanca, and the truly unique The Third Man composed by Anton Karas.

Length: 48 minutes

Item#: BVL204704

ISBN: 978-1-64867-782-3

Copyright date: ©2020

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