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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 19: American Beauty (1999)
Thomas Newman is one of the great soundtrack composers of our day, and this soundtrack to Sam Mendes’s Oscar-winning film is one of his best, a score that, with its marimba, mandolin, banjo and other instruments, enables the film’s transcendentalist aspirations. Together with Newman’s equally strong work on The Shawshank Redemption, these cues have, perhaps to the detriment of the composers who came later, underscored rough-cut screenings everywhere.