From Jurassic Park to James Bond, Vertigo to Titanic, some film scores are instantly recognisable and eternally memorable. The soundtrack is a vital part of a film, setting the tone and heightening action and emotion. It can elevate a movie from good to truly great. But what of the creators behind the music? In this engaging collection of profiles, Jenny Nelson takes a look at some of the most successful director–composer partnerships of all time, to find out how they began and what makes them work so well.
Based on in-depth interviews and drawing on multiple sources, Saturday Night at the Movies features such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann, Robert Zemeckis and Alan Silvestri, and JJ Abrams and Michael Giacchino. Each section focuses on the working relationship between a director and composer and examines their many hits – and occasional misses. The best scores come from the alchemy between the pair, where both work together to bring the director’s vision to life through the music.
With additional commentary from film critics and contemporary composers, Nelson reveals the stories behind the soundtracks, including classics such as Back to the Future, Star Wars, Fargo, Edward Scissorhands and many, many more.
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