Musical Impact on Films

16 Jul

Show tunes – musical scores – movie soundtracks . . How much do they affect you when watching a film?

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80’s films – Crocodile Dundee

Sound adds great impact to the theater experience and most certainly sound tracks have left a lasting impression on the audience. Let’s examine just a few.

Hans Zimmer has become a very popular go to guy for movie scores. This is one of his many, theme from “The Dark Night Rises

Another one that grabbed audience attention was from the Gladiator – Hans Zimmer – “Now We Are Free

If you saw the movie, Pulp Fiction, do you remember this music? – Dick Dale – “Misirlou

There’s several AC/DC songs favored in Iron Man and this one crossed over into The Avengers as well. Iron man entrance AC/DC “Shoot To Thrill
Click on this link if you want to listen to a live full version of Shoot to Thrill

John Williams has been called upon for numerous movie soundtracks. Seldom though do you find a score so recognizable for the villain. “Imperial March” (Darth Vader’s Theme) from Star Wars. You might enjoy the final touch in this video by Conductor Bramwell Tovey

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Gordon Parks Washington, 1963

One of the most easily recognized, the Superman theme by John Williams.

Gordon Parks gave us the grit and feel of the 1970’s New York urban environment and added a theme score which grabbed a lot of public attention with a soundtrack recorded by Isaac Hayes, “Shaft

One year later, Gordon Parks came out with another movie which was labeled a “Blaxploitation” film. Super Fly is one of the few films ever to have been out-grossed by its soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield.

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License to thrill

Perhaps the most recognized theme for a movie, James Bond. A simple set of chords became the immediate identifying sound for the fictional action super spy. The story of the James Bond theme. (CNN)

There was one other iconic movie theme from the 1960’s. An Italian western which became an international hit. Third in a series of westerns starring Clint Eastwood, it helped launch his movie career. Playing against type, the clean-cut image of Rowdy Yates in the Rawhide TV series; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Viewing a Sergio Leone or Akira Kurosawa film you can see the influence on later film makers. Certainly the Spaghetti Western, influenced many, but perhaps the most flattering are films by Quentin Tarantino.Quentin Tarantino at Film Festival in Austin TX

To purists this may seem like Sergio Leone blasphemy but I admit a certain fondness to this rock version of the ending scenes in the movie.
The Good, The Bad and The Metallica

There are so many more themes and soundtracks which should be discussed but I would rather hear about your favorites…

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