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Filmmaker Selects 25 Essential Movie Soundtracks

Posted February 16, 2010 to photo album "Filmmaker Selects 25 Essential Movie Soundtracks"

As part of Music Month, Filmmaker magazine editor Scott Macaulay picks out the most seminal movie soundtracks of all time.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Slide 3: Once (2007)
Slide 4: Blade Runner (1994)
Slide 5: Contempt (1963)
Slide 6: Suspiria (1977)
Slide 7: Coraline (2009)
Slide 8: Paris, Texas (1983)
Slide 9: Naked Lunch (1991)
Slide 10: Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Slide 11: Mysterious Skin (2004)
Slide 12: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Slide 13: There Will Be Blood (2007)
Slide 14: Traffic (2000)
Slide 15: Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
Slide 16: Trouble Every Day (2001)
Slide 17: Requiem For A Dream (2000)
Slide 18: Sorcerer (1977)
Slide 19: American Beauty (1999)
Slide 20: Vertigo (1958)
Slide 21: Fargo (1996)
Slide 22: La Dolce Vita (1960)
Slide 23: Spartacus (1960)
Slide 24: The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982)
Slide 25: The Hours (2002)
Slide 26: The Insider (1999)
Slide 18: Sorcerer (1977)

Slide 18: Sorcerer (1977)

The first soundtrack by the German electronic group Tangerine Dream, the compositions on the Sorcerer soundtrack were written solely around a reading of the screenplay, a remake of the classic French thriller The Wages of Fear. The members of the band did the score before the film had finished production, delivering director William Friedkin 90 minutes of music while he was still shooting. Tangerine Dream’s eerie melodies and electronic soundscapes take Friedkin’s film from the jungle to the inside of the mind, and got them work on a number of subsequent films, including Thief and Risky Business.