SCORE: A Film Music Documentary

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SCORE: A Film Music Documentary offers a long-overdue look at an integral component of cinema whose abbreviated overview of the subject should only leave viewers ready for more.

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What makes a film score unforgettable? SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY brings Hollywood's elite composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world's most international music genre: the film score. A film composer is a musical scientist of sorts, and the influence they have to complement a film and garner powerful reactions from global audiences can be a daunting task to take on. The documentary contains interviews with dozens of film composers who discuss their craft and the magic of film music while exploring the making of the most iconic and beloved scores in history: "James Bond", "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Titanic," "The Social Network," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "Psycho."

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  • Documentary maker Matt Schrader bills this as "the definitive look at the craft of film composing," though he takes a narrow route through the subject, focusing on the symphonic composers who hammer out music cues for big-studio projects.

    March 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A genial 93-minute dash through the history, process and contemporary practice of film composition.

    July 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Score: A Film Music Documentary is a celebration of the artists who create the musical heartbeat of the movies we love

    July 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Along the way, some treasure is mined from the film's numerous speakers, all of whom seemed happily enamored with their work.

    July 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Score: A Film Music Documentary" spotlights such a rich and fascinating topic - the craft of motion picture scoring - that its mere presence proves a feast for the eyes and ears.

    June 22, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "Score" does leave you with a real respect for these people, and their tireless search for ways to turn emotion into sound. An honest appreciation for their literally invisible work. And a determination, I hope, to go out and buy some of it ...

    June 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 02, 2018
    What a shame to see such a simplistic and forgettable discussion about the subject, considering all the history and evolution of music in films, while the movie also focuses way too much on American Cinema, spending even half an hour of pure hagiography on John Williams.
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