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Randall Poster's MOONRISE KINGDOM Character Playlists

Posted May 24, 2012


The music makes the man (or woman) for MOONRISE KINGDOM's music supervisor Randall Poster. To demonstrate this point, he's compiled playlists highlighting 8 characters from the Island of New Penzance on Pitchfork and 8Track.

The playlist from Sam & Suzy (Jared Gilman & Kara Hayward) sports, of course, romantic tunes from Charles Aznavour, Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones. The trustworthy Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton) grooves on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, but also, true to his quasi-military bearing, follows the beat of the unforgettable whistling "March from The River Kwai" done by Mitch Miller. The cool Cousin Ben (Jason Schwartzman) digs Lewis & The Playboys and the super pop "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" from Herman's Hermits - who were hitting it big in 1965. For the more staid, middle-aged Bishops (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand), there's Franz Allers conducting the overture to My Fair Lady and Glenn Gould playing Bach's Goldberg Variations. The down-to-earth Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) shows a hankering for country with Webb Pierce and Buck Owens And The Buckeroos. And the narrator (Bob Balaban) is stirred by moonlight - you'll see what I mean. But these are just a few of the playlists.