Music & Dance


Episode 1: The Birth of the Film Score 47 min.

The birth of the music soundtrack drew influences from across the world including expressionist Germany, Post-revolution Russia, and America where cinema was heading towards the 1930s and the arrival of sound. The early period featured musical scores played live from Charlie Chaplin, Joseph Carl Briel, Gottfried Huppertz, Hans Erdman, and Dimitri Shostakovich whose work included Nosferatu, Birth o...

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Episode 10: 1980s - Part 2 46 min.

A new name Alan Silvestri arrived with the Back to the Future trilogy starting in 1985 and James Cameron’s undersea sci fi epic The Abyss in 1989. Hans Zimmer scores Rain Man and Ridley Scott’s atmospheric thriller Black Rain (1988) set in Japan. Michael Kamen arrived with the thriller, The Dead Zone in 1983, followed by Die Hard in 1988. Maurice Jarre began a period of work in 1985 with Witness,...

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Episode 11: 1990s 46 min.

New names were emerging. These include Carter Burwell with Barton Fink (1991), Conspiracy Theory (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998) and Three Kings (1999). James Newton Howard with Falling Down (1993), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), The Fugitive (1993) and The Sixth Sense (1990). James Horner with Apollo 13 (1995), Braveheart (1995), Pelican Brief (1993), Patriot Games (1992) and Titanic (1997). Hans Zi...

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Episode 12: 2000s 46 min.

Alan Silvestri scores Cast Away and What Lies Beneath. David Julyan scores Insomnia and Memento. Hans Zimmer becomes prolific with Gladiator, The Dark Knight and The Royal Tenenbaums. James Horner scores The Perfect Storm, A Beautiful Mind, and Avatar. James Newton Howard continued with scores Batman Begins, Michael Clayton, and Collateral. The Bourne Identity popular theme was created by John Pow...

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Episode 2: 1930s & The Father of Film Music 35 min.

As fascism grew in Germany, the great artists who had not yet escaped Europe were now leaving and heading to Hollywood. Max Steiner, “The Father of the Film Score” who brought King Kong to the screens in 1933, was joined by Austrian bon Erich Korngold. Artists including American Herbert Stothart brought several films to life on the screen including The Gay Divorcee, Charge of the Light Brigade, Je...

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Episode 3: 1940s - The Golden Age 48 min.

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 In...

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Episode 4: 1950s - A New Dawn 47 min.

The New Dawn saw the arrival of new influences in movie making and new music in the form of Jazz center stage in the compositions with established Jazz greats Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock scoring films along with new players Bernard Herrmann, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Victor Young. The films had a new sound—A Streetcar Named Desire, Lift to the Scaffold, Sunset Boulevard, Rear Window, An...

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Episode 5: 1960s - Part 1 46 min.

The early 1960’s arrived with some of the most memorable soundtracks and composers in film history. Elmer Bernstein, Alex North, Ernest Gold and Henry Mancini. 60’s sounds in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Pink Panther, Charade. Dr No, Exodus and action classics The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape. Herrmann’s unforgettable Psycho and the evocative Mikas Theodrakis score for Zorba the Greek.

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Episode 6: 1960s - Part 2 48 min.

The film industry would begin reflecting some of the Civil Rights issues in the USA with shows such as In The Heat of the Night with the talents of Quincy Jones as composer and the voice of Ray Charles. John Barry’s unique orchestral sounds infused John Frankenheimer’s war epic The Train. The late 60’s reflected the changing times in Antonioni’s Blow Up (scored by Herbie Hancock), Peckinpah’s The...

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Episode 7: 1970s - Part 1 48 min.

A sea change in the movie industry, with a new breed of independent film makers, comes to the fore. Lalo Shifrin’s Dirty Harry theme brings the tougher edgier cop, and Isaac Hayes’ memorable Shaft. The legendary Nino Rota, who scored the extraordinary Fellini, films La Strada and La Dolce in the 1950s and creates the anthemic, powerful score for The Godfather (1972) —remembered for the classic “Lo...

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