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Score

  • Documentary and factual
  • Music
  • 2017
  • Matt Schrader
  • 92 mins

Summary

Documentary charting the history of the movie music score and the artists who composed them. Starting with the orchestral score in the silent era, Matt Schrader's film hails the masters of the art form, from old hands like King Kong's Max Steiner and Psycho's Bernard Herrmann via Ennio Morricone and John Williams, right up to modern exponents of the craft like Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and Rachel Portman

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Matt Schrader's first feature Score leads the slender field of documentaries about the work of film composers. Anyone whose interest runs deeper than humming the Darth Vader march will delight at the sheer who's who lined up for this tantalising insight into an art form that leading light Hans Zimmer reminds us keeps the world's studio orchestras in work, while director James Cameron refers to the score as a movie's "heart and soul". With its Kong-to-Jaws potted history out of the way, Score luxuriates in footage of crack musicians at Abbey Road giving life to Duel of the Fates from The Phantom Menace and Patrick Doyle cheerfully bashing out his Potter Waltz from The Goblet of Fire on the piano. The notes of a motif from Lord of the Rings appear graphically on screen, but apart from that, it's sheer indulgence for audio-cinephiles yearning to see Tom Holkenborg call up the drums from Mad Max: Fury Road and play them on his keyboard. Zimmer speaks for every insecure composer when he imagines panicking, "You'd better phone John Williams, I have no idea how to do this!"

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Cast

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Alexandre DesplatAlexandre Desplat
Leonard MaltinLeonard Maltin
James CameronJames Cameron
Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
John PowellJohn Powell
Danny ElfmanDanny Elfman
Dario MarianelliDario Marianelli
Randy NewmanRandy Newman
Rachel PortmanRachel Portman
Howard ShoreHoward Shore
Thomas NewmanThomas Newman

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DirectorMatt Schrader

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Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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