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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Academy Awards: ‘Best Picture’ Music

The Academy Awards will soon be upon us. Every now and then they get it right. And the music that accompanies the films stay with us forever. Here are a few of my favourites, but chosen only from the “Best Picture” category.

What would you add? I’ll allow music from the “Best Score” category too.. Smile 

1944: CASABLANCA

1979 THE DEER HUNTER

1994: SCHINDLER’S LIST

2000 AMERICAN BEAUTY

17 comments:

  1. I deleted that last one.
    The link was rubbish, it came from my mobile.
    This one should be better

    Don't follow film.
    But there are loads of great soundtrack.
    So you may have opened the floodgates.

    After Dark from Dusk Till Dawn

    Phone Call from Desperado

    Exodos Theme from Spartacus

    Maria from West Side Story


    Theme from Lawrence of Arabia

    And of Course The Dam Busters and 633 Squadron

    The Dam Busters

    633 Squadron

    Oooh Yes also ......

    Brassed Off - Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez

    That's the actual clip ... Brilliant English Film at it's best!


    There's loads and loads more.
    You may have to blacklist me.

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    1. I'll allow "Brassed Off" - but only because it's got Pete Postlethwaite's performance in it.
      :-)

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  3. My point being, that a lot of great films and music don't make it to the awards.

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    1. I had fun scrolling through over eighty years of "Best Pictures" and sifting through the music...

      Thinking about a Desert Island Discs post for next month...

      No where near making my mind up yet though! Re-done the list three times so far.

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    2. I dare not start thinking along those lines. The cds would be all over the floor and everywhere.

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    3. That's exactly the problem. Then, when you think you have narrowed it down to, say, 20, along pops another three or four that you can't possibly miss out...

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    4. That's why I've stopped.
      Other things to do!
      And the island isn't big enough :)

      2001 - Ok Strauss 1896

      Bugger!

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  5. My favourite theme tune is 'Jazz, Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold' by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band from Guesthouse Paradiso:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABcNAwytrOY
    oh yes!

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    1. Dear Lord, Alistair! I can see why you live on an island out at sea! No close neighbours, then?
      :-)

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    1. I shall go and have words with the Verger. I am not sure we can allow this tosh in here?
      :-)

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  7. Music like art is very subjective.
    So Alistair and I will accept your opinion.
    Even if we disagree with it.

    Now. Back to the films.

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  8. The music by Bernard Herrmann from Taxi Driver. Minatory, sleazy, melancholy.

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    1. I hadn't even thought of that one Peter - but yes - brilliant: Here's the link for the terminally lazy amongst the congregation: TAXI DRIVER

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