Six bands from Portland list their favorite movie soundtracks.
This is the score which made me consider musical worlds outside of classical music in concert settings. Up until then, I had generally pooh-poohed all forms of popular music. Without this score – beautiful from start to finish – this Alfred Hitchcock film wouldn’t be half as successful.
Ascenseur pour l’echefaud
The movie is also known as Lift to the Scaffold, Elevator to the Gallows and Frantic. A lot of names for Louis Malle’s first film, starring Jeanne Moreau. Miles Davis recorded this score in less than three days in Paris.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Mancini did so many great scores – including Charade, all the Pink Panther films, and The Party, but the one I never tire of is Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)
Years ago, maybe 1995 or so, Bruce LaBruce came to Portland, and among things, gave me a cassette tape of this soundtrack. I didn’t actually see the film for another 10 years … but when I finally did, I was staggered at the unbelievable marriage of song and film … and cried for several days after.
La Dolce Vita
A Fellini film without a Rota soundtrack is like Hitchcock without Herrmann or Blake Edwards without Henry Mancini. In some cases in their three decades of collaboration, Fellini edited to fit the music, not the other way around. Isn’t that amazing?
And if I could have a few more : Lawrence of Arabia by Maurice Jarre, Harold and Maude by Cat Stevens and 5000 Fingers of Dr T by Frederich Hollander.