Many of America’s best film composers got their start in the world of pop music. We’ll hear soundtracks by former rockers Danny Elfman, Mark Knopler, Hans Zimmer and more, including music from Batman and The Princess Bride.
This week, on The Score with Edmund Stone: Before there was Star Wars, there was The Rare Breed. We'll explore the film music made by John Williams and other big names composers, long before they were famous. Tune in to All Classical Portland this Saturday, August 19 at 2 PM. www.allclassical.org/... See MoreSee Less
This week on The Score with Edmund Stone, a tribute to James Horner. In 2015 composer James Horner died at the age of 61.We'll pay tribute to the man who wrote scores for films including Titanic, Legends of the Fall, Braveheart and more. Tune in to All Classical Portland this Saturday, August 5 at 2 PM.
There are no witches in Lady Macbeth and the lead character does not say “Out, damn’d spot” as she sees the blood of her victim on her hands. But there are similarities to Shakespeare’s menacing female in the new BBC Films release “Lady Macbeth”.
Director William Oldroyd, known for his theatre work in the U.K. based his first feature film on the 1865 Russian novella “Lady Macbeth of the Mysenk” by Nicolai Leskovas. Like the source material this story also takes place in 1865 but in a remote region of Northern England, as Katherine (Florence Pugh) finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage to a controlling older man, himself governed by his coldhearted father. During her husband’s long absence managing a coal mine she discovers passion with a young worker on her husband’s estate. Once this emotional force is unleashed Katherine will stop at nothing to embrace it to the fullest, and in so doing rid herself of those who defy her and get in the way of what she wants. As the film and its main character throws caution to the wind you are drawn in, not wanting to watch yet unable to turn away.
As Katherine, Florence Pugh excels in every nuance. She is calculating, manipulative, and ever-aware of her goal. No one and nothing, however innocent, will get in her way. I was aware of distant echoes in this film – reverberations of footsteps in her drafty old house in the middle of nowhere, the ringing disparagement of the older men towards this woman. I also noticed something else: the sparse music by Dan Jones which only adds to the dark atmosphere which, like the chill of this film, seeps into your bones. I cannot remember the last time I watched a movie without music under the end credits. Try to see Lady Macbeth, if you can. She really is “a piece of work” or as Sir Walter Scott once wrote: “Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive" ... See MoreSee Less
On The Score this Saturday at 2pm: THE END OF THE WORLD
Hollywood loves end-of-the-world movies - From Planet of the Apes to The Fifth Element, and 12 Monkeys to The War of the Worlds, join Edmund Stone as he tries to save the world from itself this Saturday at 2pm on All Classical Portland. ... See MoreSee Less