When it comes to Memorial Day, many things come to mind — small town parades, flags, picnics, and observances at war memorials. With so many war movie music scores to choose from for Memorial Day, Lynne Warfel looks at 'Saving Private Ryan' in honor of her father.
We go to the 'Golden Era' of Hollywood films and movie music this week on Flicks in Five with 1950's 'Sunset Boulevard', with a score by German-born composer Franz Waxman.
In the run-up to Mother's Day, Lynne Warfel offers this heartstring-tugging gem: 'Baby Mine' from the Walt Disney animated classic, 'Dumbo'. Bring your own tissues.
On paper, 'Paint Your Wagon' should have been a rousing success, but big budgets and changing public tastes created different results. Nevertheless, the film features great songs, including 'I Talk to the Trees'. On this week's Flicks in Five, we'll hear Bryn Terfel's interpretation of the song -- a nice tune for Arbor Day.
Regardless of your age, you probably recognize the music from the film 'Born Free'. John Barry's score won Academy Awards, BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Grammys. The 1966 film and its music is still referenced in popular culture to this day.
One of Hollywood's most lauded director-composer collaborations was that between David Lean and Maurice Jarre for 1984's 'A Passage to India'. This week on Flicks in Five, we'll hear Jarre conducting his own music for the film.
Fred Astaire and Judy Garland were a pair of triple threats: performers who could sing, dance and act with equal talent. The two worked together in the MGM release, 'Easter Parade', and one of their numbers from that film, 'We're a Couple of Swells', is considered a classic to this day. Hear it on this week's Flicks in Five.
This 1969 romantic comedy features Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve, Sally Kellerman and a wonderful supporting cast. The film's title tune proved a big hit for composer Burt Bacharach, finding its way onto radio as well as into restaurants and department stores. Hearing it on this week's Flicks in Five may jog your memory.
Despite being snubbed by Oscar, Ennio Morricone's score for this 1986 film is considered by many to be one of the best film scores of all time.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the film, 'The Sound of Music'. To celebrate, we'll listen to a medley of pieces from this beloved film.
At St. Patrick's Day approaches, Flicks in Five looks at the music from John Ford's 1952 classic film about an American prizefighter who visits Ireland. For the score, composer Victor Young made a detailed study of original Irish folk tunes.
One of Lynne Warfel's favorite comedies of all time came about thanks to the collaboration of director Blake Edwards, actor Peter Sellers and composer Henry Mancini.
<em>A Place in the Sun</em> was a 1951 black-and-white classic of intrigue, betrayal and murder based on Theodore Dreiser's 1925 novel, <em>An American Tragedy</em>.
Howard Shore's Oscar-winning score to 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King' features different types of artists: actor Viggo Mortensen, flutist James Galway, soprano Renee Fleming and vocalist Annie Lennox can all be heard in the music. Hear some of Shore's music on this week's Flicks in Five.
If Max Steiner had had his choice, 'As Time Goes By' wouldn't have been part of this film's classic score. But the schedule of the film's rising star, Ingrid Bergman, ensured the score would remain as we know it.