Movie scores from “The Great Escape,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Speed” highlight this look at music written for action and chase films. Clips include the classic car chase from “Bullitt” and the helicopter attack scene from “Apocalypse Now.” Interviewed: Ridley Scott, Elmer Bernstein, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.
Topic: scores from suspense films. Interviewed: composers Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith; John Carpenter; George Romero; Jamie Lee Curtis; and Michael Madsen. Clips include “Mona Lisa,” “Halloween,” “Chinatown” and “The Godfather.”
Examining music written for films with a romantic and seductive theme, including “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The English Patient” and “Titanic.” Interviewees include filmmakers Arthur Hiller and Baz Luhrmann, plus composers Rachel Portman and George Fenton.
Examining music written for heroism in movies, including scores for “Rocky,” “Gladiator” and the James Bond franchise. Interviewees include filmmakers Ang Lee and Bernardo Bertolucci, plus musicians David Byrne, Bill Conti and Monty Norman, who says his James Bond theme has a “mysterious and kind of throbbing, almost ruthless quality.”
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Premiered: July 22, 2002
Premise: A sharply tuned six-episode cable series tracking the role of music in filmmaking, including the process of creating scores for various movie genres.