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I was listening to a programme on Classic FM the other day about the composer John Williams - what marvellous music and such an incredible variety of atmosphere and moods.

 

It got me thinking about film soundtracks, and I'm wondering which film music others on this forum enjoy.

 

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Well, I tend not to buy soundtrack albums but some old favourites are Saturday Night Fever, Dirty Dancing, Swing and the soundtrack for a punk film that I never saw called That Summer.

 

I also very much like the soundtrack to John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 (and that film, come to think of it).

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Talking about John Williams, I think the only ever soundtrack album I bought was Superman - The Movie. I think that was one of his. It's still sitting in the record cabinet.

 

Apart from that, and leaving aside all the "cheats" which just re-hash existing songs, I'd also say the Korngold Adventures of Robin Hood (I think that's the title - it's the Errol Flynn one, anyway).

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Korngold was a good composer in his own right but escaped to the USA to escape the Nazis. No one in the US believed there was such a thing as a non-Nazi German or Austrian and the only work he could find as a composer was in Hollywood. He hated his film music which he regarded as hack work only undertaken to feed his family (with thanks to my eldest's godfather who is a profession musician with an interest in film music).

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DH is voting member of BAFTA so we get lots of soundtracks sent to us. Particular favourites:

Michael Nyman'sThe Piano

James Newton Howard's Peter Pan (cry at the ending of that film every time- even tho have watched about 100 times with kids...)

Thomas Newman Road to Perdition

Theme song from True Romance- credited to Hans Zimmer but actually an adaptation of Carl Orffs Gassenhauer

soundtrack to Get Shorty- great flim, great vibes

Mobys Extreme Ways written for the Bourne films

Danny Elfman- The Corpse Bride, Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands

Bruno Coulais Coraline (you can tell that as a family our tastes run to gothic romances!)

Most recent family favourite is the soundtrack to Inception- mostly Hans Zimmer but some others too.. and we all love the Inception button which can be downloaded form the internet (you have to have seen the film!!!)

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I love the Star Wars soundtrack (again John Williams), and the brilliant use of Gershwin's music in Woody Allen's masterpiece, Manhattan (especially a particularly splendid version of Rhapsody in Blue).

Despite being atrocious movies, the Twilight films had interesting bands on their soundtracks

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I like a track called In The House – In A Heartbeat, Liverpool composer John Murphy It's from from 28 Days Later and is also music for the Strongbow Pear Advert which is where I heard it and I had to google it.

 

I would like to be able to know the name of the artist and title of the piece of music/song during television programmes. At least at the end of a film there are the credits. Usually I am desperately trying to read as the credits roll up at an incredibly fast speed. It is possible to google films but I have not found it possible to track down (sorry about the pun) songs/music in television programmes. If there is a way, please let me know. :)

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