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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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A genial 93-minute dash through the history, process and contemporary practice of film composition.
Score: A Film Music Documentary is a celebration of the artists who create the musical heartbeat of the movies we love
Along the way, some treasure is mined from the film's numerous speakers, all of whom seemed happily enamored with their work.
"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.
"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 ...
This is a movie that is too frenetic and basic to make a substantial impression. I appreciated a kernel of observation here and there, but not enough for me to give it a whole-hearted embrace.
That said, Score serves well as an introduction to the meticulous process by which soundtracks are created, and includes numerous case studies that reveal just how music contrives to shape our movie-going experiences.
In true Reithian fashion, there's plenty here to inform, educate and entertain
Anyone whose interest runs deeper than humming the Darth Vader march will delight at the sheer who's who lined up for this tantalising insight into an art form that leading light Hans Zimmer reminds us keeps the world's studio orchestras in work.
It would take someone with ears of cloth and a heart of stone not to start fishing out some of the old soundtracks to enjoy them anew.
Whilst the film assumes its audience isn't stupid, it doesn't stray into hard-core audiophile territory either and it is all the stronger for it. This is an absolute must for fans of the medium.
Schrader has done the world of cinephiles a real service by bringing these good folks together into one movie; we are privileged to learn from them.
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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