List your favorites
“dead man”. i love this score with a passion. its experimental, and its perfect. and i love the idea of neil young paying it live in front of the film as he watched it for the first time.
“murder by contract”. i have a thing for minimalist guitar scores i guess. this score gives me great pleasure.
“vertigo” and “psycho” by bernard herrman. the power of these scores can blow you out of your seat.
Vertigo is by far my favorite. It works so well with the movie but also without. I own the soundtrack and listen to it constantly. I feel Bernard Hermann deserves to be listed among Mozart and Beethoven. Then again I don’t know much about classical music so maybe what I just said was blasphemic.
Lalo Schiffrin’s Bullit and Clint Mansell and Mogwai’s music for The Fountain come to mind.
nino rota for fellini, especially Amarcord and 8 1/2.
Delerue’s score for Contempt.
Duke Ellington’s score for Anatomy of a Murder.
and everything Bernard Herrman did
2nding Deadman. Bobby do you listen to Earth by any chance? If you liked that score, they might be worth checking out.
..anyways back on topic, heres mine:
All About Lily Chou Chou (Takeshi Kobayashi)
Battlestar Galactica (Bear McCreary)
Breakfast AT Tiffany’s (Henry Mancini)
Cowboy Bebop (Yoko Kanno)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Tan Dun)
Gladiator (Hans Zimmer)
Infernal Affairs (Chan Kwong Wing)
Love Letter (Remedios)
Kikujiro (Joe Hisaishi)
O Brother Where Art Thou (T-Bone Burnett)
Rocky (Bill Conti)
Superfly (Curtis Mayfield)
The Fountain (Clint Mansell & Mogwai)
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Ennio Morricone)
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE!
The Wayward Cloud also….
ditto In the Mood for Love
In the Mood for Love is great too
The Big Country by Jerome Moross
The Magnificent Seven and To Kill A Mockingbird by Elmer Bernstein
Tess by Phillipe Sarde
East of Eden by Leonard Rosenman
On the Waterfront by Leonard Bernstein
The Patriot, E.T., The Accidental Tourist, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars and The Towering Inferno (don’t laugh, the music really is that good) by John Williams
Anything by Georges Delerue
Anything by Nino Rota
And Chinatown by Jerry Goldsmith!
Can’t believe I didn’t think of this excellent topic; I have been deep into film scores for the past few years.
Some favorites from the “beautiful category:”
You Only Live Twice, Enigma, Midnight Cowboy, Zulu, and Dr. No by John Barry
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, The Thin Blue Line by Philip Glass
Vertigo, Fahrenheit 451 By Bernard Herrmann
The Householder by Jyotirinda Moitra
To Kill a Mockingbird by Elmer Bernstein
Days of Heaven by Ennio Morricone
Summer of 42 by Michel Legrand
Since You Went Away by Max Steiner
Amelie by Yann Tiersen
Bombay Talkie by Shankar Jaikishan
The Innocents and Moulin Rouge are quite good (Georges Auric), some other work by this composer is excellent as well, but I do not recall the titles.
Any time, any place, I can listen at length to the graceful, ever-so-slightly jazzy themes from Charade, The Days of Wine and Roses, Arabesque, Silver Streak, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Henry Mancini.
Les Yeux Sans Visage, A Passage to India by Maurice Jarre
Murder on the Orient Express by Richard Rodney Bennett
Miller’s Crossing by Carter Burwell
Picnic by George Duning
Chinatown, The Other, The Illustrated Man, Our Man Flint by Jerry Goldsmith
Ichi the Killer
The Double Life of Veronique
I totally agree with Kikujiro, but also A Scene at the Sea, and Kids Return
and whole shit load of others I can’t think of!
I thought Clint Mansell did an excellent job in Requiem for a Dream in capturing the desperation.
I have been guilty of listening to too much Indian music (you can never really have too much of it, actually). So, can’t say much about the other music directors. But I can add one more person here. A R Rahman.
No! Not Slumdog Millionaire! In fact, that was fairly mediocre by his standards. Some of his scores for Hindi/Tamil movies have been outrageously brilliant.
In the mood for love
Days of Heaven
Days of Being Wild
Synecdoche, New York
The Fountain (weak movie, good score)
Once Upon a Time in the West
Agree with In the Mood for Love
Raviniran- I really enjoyed the Slumdog score, but haven’t heard any of his others. I’ll check them out.
One of my favorites is There Will Be Blood
Simon, Slumdog was good, but definitely not the best. It had great sound programming. Rahman is a fantastic technician, always on the lookout for something experimental. He used the continuum finger keyboard in his latest hindi movie! There are around 90 musicians in the world who know how to use it.
Some albums you might want to check out are Lagaan (this was nominated for best foreign film, forgot the year), Swades, Water (Deepa Mehta, in case you are familiar with who she is, another foreign film nominee), Meenaxi (M F Husain’s).
Lagaan and Swades are decidedly commercial and the next 2 were experimental Indian music.
Oh, P.S.: It’s Ravikiran. Apologies accepted.
-Lawrence of Arabia – Maurice Jarre
-Exodus – Ernest Gold
-Spellbound – Miklos Rozsa
-Adventures of Robin Hood – Erich Wolfgang Korngold
-Unbearable Lightness of Being – mostly music of Janacek
-Inland Empire – Penderecki
-Ran – Toru Takemitsu
-Solaris – Eduard Artemyev
-A Beautiful Mind – James Horner
-Lord of the Rings – Howard Shore
And of course almost any score by Bernard Herrmann
C’Est le, Vent Betty by gabriel yared from betty blue, love that song
I’m with Simon: There will be Blood has a magnificent score. Morricone and Herrmann are great of course (eg The Mission, Once upon a Time in America, Vertigo, well lots by BH), some fine classic Indian musicals (eg Mughal-e-Azam), i like some scores for David Lynch, eg Mulholland Dr and Inland Empire, and he’s also made inspired use of Roy Orbison songs. The Double Life of Veronique score complemented and enhanced the film beautifully. With a film like Lawrence of Arabia, or Doctor Zhivago, a theme can come to the fore, but i must admit i could generally do with focusing on the musical elements more
Man, I really dig good music. Here are some of my favourites (sorry for the long list but I’m kind of obsessive when it comes to music):
Trouble Every Day ~ by TindersticksParis, Texas ~ by Ry CooderLisbon Story ~ by MadredeusThe Brown Bunny ~ by John Frusciante, Jeff Alexander, Jackson C. Frank, etc.The Way It Is ~ by Vincent GalloSolaris ~ by Cliff MartinezMovern Callar ~ by Aphex Twin, Can, Boards Of Canada, The Velvet Underground, etc.The Last Time I Committed Suicide ~ by Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, PetWhat About Me ~ by Johnny ThundersRadio On ~ by David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Devo, Wreckless Eric, etc.Buena Vista Social Club ~ by Buena Vista Social ClubDead Man ~ by Neil YoungDown By Law / Stranger Than Paradise / Fishing with John / Mystery Train ~ by John LurieShoot The Piano Player / Jules Et Jim / Le Mépris / Hiroshima Mon Amour ~ by Georges DeleruePierrot le fou / Week-End ~ by Antoine DuhamelLes 400 Coups ~ By Jean ConstantinAscenseur Pour L’Échafaud ~ by Miles DavisUn Homme Et Une Femme / Vivre Pour Vivre ~ by Francis LaiThe Pawnbroker / The Italian Job ~ by Quincie JonesPlaytime ~ by Francis Lemarque Parade / Trafic ~ by Charles DumontMon Oncle / Les Vacances De Monsieur Hulot ~ by Alain RomansTime of the Gypsies / Arizona Dream / Underground ~ by Goran BregovicExotica / The Sweet Hereafter / Felicia’s Journey ~ by Mychael DannaBaraka ~ by Michael Stearns Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus ~ by 16 Horsepower, Jim White, etc.Quiet Days in Clichy ~ by Country Joe MacDOnaldGrizzly Man ~ by Richard Thompson Aguirre / Nosferatu / Cœur De Verre / Cobra Verde ~ by Popol VuhThe Wild Blue Yonder / The White Diamond ~ by Ernst Reijseger Die Angst Des Tormanns Beim Elfmeter / Himmel Über Berlin / Falsche Bewegung / Amerikanische Freund ~ by Jürgen KnieperBerlin Alexanderplatz / Querelle/ Lili Marleen / Götter Der Pest / Veronika Voss / Lola ~ by Peer RabenThe Grandmother / Eraserhead ~ by David Lynch, Alan SpletBlue Velvet / The Straight Story / Mulholland Drive / Twin Peaks ~ by Angelo BadalamentiTen Minutes Older ~ by Paul EnglishbyLe Peuple migrateur ~ by Nick Cave, Robert Wyatt, Bruno Coulais Theoreme ~ by Ennio Morricone Black Orpheus ~ by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz BonfaBrazil ~ by Michael Kamen
I could go on and on …
once upon a time in the west
lawrence of arabia
the new score for the passion of Joan of Arc
rocco and his brothers
Elevator to the Gallows - love that scene of Moreau wandering the street to Miles’ improvisation.
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN score by Johan Söderqvist
FAIRYTALE: A TRUE STORY score by Zbigniew Preisner
ROBIN AND MARIAN score by John Barry
WALKABOUT score by John Barry
THE LIMEY score by Cliff Martinez
DROWNING BY NUMBERS score by Michael Nyman
3:19 score by Robin Guthrie
THE KILLING FIELDS score by Mike Oldfield
CAL score by Mark Knopfler
to start off with
keep this thread going people
Lawrence of Arabia
Anything by Maurice Jarre
Anything by Ennio Morricone
I’ve always been a sucker for those manipulative, saccharine Hollywood scores. Here’s a few that spring to mind (please don’t judge me too harshly):
Braveheart, Deep Impact (and, well, pretty much everything else by James Horner), Hoffa, Dragonheart, Empire of the Sun, The Shawshank Redemption, Alan Menken’s Disney stuff, Contact, Gump, Willow, Memphis Belle, Edward Scissorhands…
Alright, you get the idea. Mortifying, I know.
The three scores collected on Mark Isham’s “Film Music” CD: Mrs. Soffel, Never Cry Wolf and The Times of Harvey Milk. If you haven’t heard them yet, I guarantee that each will break your heart.
Wings of Desire – besides the songs (which are themselves good), Jürgen Knieper’s score, with the rasp of the bow on the cello string to begin the film; and the polyglot Sprechstimme he uses to represent readers’ thoughts in the library…
Leszek Jankowski, The Street of Crocodiles – again, there are passages and themes here to break your heart.
John Corigliano – The Red Violin
Ry Cooder – Paris, Texas (of course)
Morricone – Once Upon a Time in America (of course)
Alexandre Desplat’s score for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has really gotten to me.
Vangelis – Blade Runner
Mark Knopfler – Local Hero