Tuesday, August 31, 2004

movie soundtracks ...

as i write this, i am listening to itzhak perlman play some movie classics in cinema serenade. it was a delight listening to perlman's violin performing some of the great movie soundtracks of all time - and i started thinking about my favorites (movie themes, soundtracks, musicals) ........ here are a few of them, in no particular order:

Dr. Zhivago - Lara's theme rocks!

Chariots of Fire - the soundtrack is excellent but vangelis' main theme steals the show

Cinema Paradiso - the main theme is intoxicating - keeps playing again and again in your mind ...

The adventures of Robin Hood (1938) - starring Eroll Flynn and Olivia de Haviland - Erich Korngold's score is phenomenal - it was one of the first movies made in glorious technicolor - and the technical excellence of the movie is phenomenal, considering it was made 66 years ago. do watch "the making of" on the special edition DVD

Star Wars - all episodes have a good score (by john williams i think) - and ofcourse the theme is now legendary ...

Jurassic Park - i love the theme, but my personal favorite is journey to the island

Dil Chahta Hai - this sticks out like a sore thumb in this list - but personally i thought the background score by shankar, loy and ehsaan was very cool ...

Monsoon Wedding - my personal favorite was "love and marigolds" featuring vijay raaz as parbatlal kanhaiyaalal dube

Gandhi - composed by Ravi Shankar, the music was great - one of my favorites is discovery of india, featuring ravi shankar himself on the sitar ...

All James Bond themes

Last of the Mohicans - starring Daniel Day Lewis and Madeleine Stowe - the movie was quite ordinary, but the score was awesome

Apocalypse Now - Die Walküre, Ride of the Valkyries

Schindler's List

Titanic

Amadeus - ofcourse, nothing but the best of Mozart here

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Yo-Yo Ma on the cello is awesome - that chinese pop track sucks!!!

an unsung hero is The truth about Charlie

The Thomas Crown Affair - the new one, starring Pierce Brosnan

Musicals: THe sound of music, My Fair Lady, The Lion King, Mary Poppins - all of them favorites since childhood ...

this list is ofcourse not exhaustive .... watever i could remember right now ... :) - feel free to comment on your own favorites/likes/dislikes ...

[09/01/04] - ADDITIONS TO THE ABOVE LIST:
2001 A Space Odyssey - the title track Also Sprach Zarathustra and Johann Strauss' masterpiece The Blue Danube (used in tons of movies, Arnold's True Lies, for example) - are excellent.

Oliver Stone's Platoon - Adagio For Strings ...

Stallone's Rocky - the theme has a cult following b y now ....

Top Gun - decent score - but an awesome collection of songs .... the Righteous Brothers' You've lost that lovin' feeling at the end credits fits perfectly in the movie ... actually most of the songs just fit in perfectly. im sure this is one soundtrack everyone must have :)

12 comments:

SBR said...

Aditya,

Nice choices. In fact, I, too, have an inclination towards listening to soundtracks.

However, I have one question: what is the difference between a soundtrack and a score?

-SBR

Aditya said...

sbr: in order to confirm my opinions, i did a quickie websearch. turns out i was right:

The 'Soundtrack' of a film typically contains popular songs used to help promote the film. For example, The Bodyguard is a soundtrack, using Whitney Houston's song to help promote the film.

The 'Score' of a film is the composed (orchestrated or electronic) music underlying the drama, action or terror of a film. It is composed by talented artists working together to enhance the experience of the moving image.
taken from the FAQ at The Movie Soundtrack webpage

SBR said...

Aditya,

It seems that you like the soundtrack of Bodyguard a lot. I recall, once in UDCT, you made an attempt, and a successful one, to stretch your voice just like Whitney Houston does in the song.

-SBR

Aditya said...

a successful one >>> SBR: you need to redefine your perception of success ... and somehow i dont quite fncy the bodyguard soundtrack

Anonymous said...

i've always wanted to see schindler's list (the songs i've heard from that are stunning)

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