February is Music Month here at FocusFeatures.com, so settle in and enjoy a whole slew of articles on the sweet sound of the movies.
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” So said Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, the great German thinker of the 19th century. And though he wasn’t talking in the context of the movies – indeed, cinema had not been invented yet when he made the statement – he might as well have been. I mean, film truly would be strange if its relationship with music were severed. Music has always been a central part of cinema, from the tinny pianos that provided accompaniment back in the days of the old silent one reelers to huge international recording artists creating soundtracks for major feature films today, such as LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, who scored the upcoming Focus Features movie Greenberg.
Over the course of February, FilmInFocus has been putting a special focus on the sonorous sound of the movies as part of our Music Month coverage. In advance of the release of Greenberg, Scott Macaulay profiles the movie’s composer, James Murphy, and then elsewhere takes a look over the essential soundtrack albums of all time. Elsewhere, there is a timeline showing the landmark events in movie music history, and Nick Dawson looks at what goes on behind the scenes as soundtrack albums are put together.
As part of Music Month, Filmmaker magazine editor Scott Macaulay picks out the most seminal movie soundtracks of all time.
FilmInFocus' Scott Macaulay profiles James Murphy, the composer of the Greenberg soundtrack and the musical brains behind buzz band LCD Soundsystem.
Plus, more musical articles from the FilmInFocus archives:
The Coen brothers’ regular composer, Carter Burwell, talks about writing the music for their film, A Serious Man.
Acclaimed French composer Bruno Coulais, a veteran scorer of movies in his native country, talks to Scott Macaulay about working on Coraline, his first American film.
Away We Go, Sam Mendes’ film for Focus Features, presents a new star in the form of singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch, who provides the movie’s memorable soundtrack.
Scott Macaulay talks to composer Dario Marianelli about his innovative score for Joe Wright's Atonement.
Scott Macaulay learns how Coen collaborator Carter Burwell gets into the character of the films he scores.
Renowned music writer Simon Reynolds takes a melodic journey through the soundtracks of five Jim Jarmusch movies, from Stranger Than Paradise through to The Limits of Control.
Henry Selick’s 3D animated movie of Coraline was a hit, but there is another, very different Coraline adaptation coming soon, as Nick Dawson discovers.
FilmInFocus presents the special musical playlists that writer-director Richard Curtis created for each of the DJs featured in Focus Features’ current release, Pirate Radio.
Nick Dawson sits down with Pirate Radio’s writer-director to discuss what he describes as his “first love.”
To celebrate the release of Pirate Radio, we reached out to some of our favorite DJs and asked them for their five favorite films about music.
As part of our celebration of the musically-minded metropolis in Movie City: Portland, we here at FilmInFocus reached out to an illustrious group of bands who call Portland home and asked them to pick their five favorite movie soundtracks.