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Scenitunes: Memorable Movie Scores


Are movies made to be seen once, at the core of design?
I personally think movies, as an art from, usually have a lot embedded in them.
Movie makers such as Stanley Kubrick, Fellini or Tarantino like to reveal that they put a lot of things on their movies. They would like you to go find them out. And this is the author's right to have his viewers look for things that have referential value. It is pretty much like when you go back to a certain dialogue or description in Tolostoi's War and Peace or in Hemingway short story. The author's right to think of an eternal value to his work! Indeed some works like The Shining or Death Proof  merit several revisiting.
Before the rise of the movie maker or director as an author, there was that seemingly secondary element of the feature film that kept movies so memorable and likely seen more than twice. The music. The score. The sound track, the "music that accompanies and helps in understanding the visual".
Music was one major factor in ascertaining that movies are not made to be seen once!
Nowadays music from movies is a lucrative genre and is sold in separate CDs.



The first video is from a movie of the fifties. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. I saw it several times while in Africa. It's clear that Morricone did not introduce the human whistle when he started Sphagetti Westerns in the early sixties! Russian-born Dimitri Tiomkin also composed for great movies such as The Alamo, High Noon, Mackenna's Gold in which Quincey Jones, incidentally, scored a beautiful song for Jose Feliciano "Old Turkey Buzzard". That movie which I saw in a cinema near the Albert Hall while I was visiting London as a 19 year old was packed with great names such as director J. Lee Thompson (Guns of Navarone) and actors Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif and Telly Savalas in addition to Dimitri Tiomkin, Feliciano and Quincy Jones.




Then came The Magnificent Seven 1960! A strong dose from John Sturges though the screenplay was based on Kurasawa's The Seven Samurai. The music score was a perpetual hit by Elmer Bernstein. Such powerful and stunning music.



Then we are again exposed to powerful music in a new look at the legend of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Tombstone 1993 for which Bruce Broughton cultivated this beautiful main theme:





More From Freddy Flores' You Tube Channel on the truth about the Gunfight At The O.K. Corral
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was a gunfight that occurred at about 3:00 PM on Wednesday, October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. Contrary to popular belief, the gunfight did not actually occur at the O.K. Corral. In fact, it occurred in a vacant lot behind the O.K. Corral. Although only three men were killed during the gunfight, it is generally regarded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the Old West. About thirty shots were fired in thirty seconds."


Enjoy superb acting by Val Kilmer and Michael Biehn in Tombstone.





To be continued.....

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