As the Fourth of July approaches, Flicks in Five features one of James Cagney's most enduring roles, and one of his favorites. "Yankee Doodle Dandy" gave Cagney the chance to shine as a song and dance man.
Inconceivable! On this week's Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel takes a look at 'The Princess Bride', and its Academy Award-nominated score by Mark Knopfler.
Overdubbing is when an actor portraying a part in a musical doesn't do his or her own singing. That doesn't mean the actor can't sing; often there are other factors at work. Lynne Warfel has some stories about overdubbing on this week's Flicks in Five.
In the latter part of the 20th century, Kenneth Branagh reigned supreme as the actor putting Shakespeare plays on film. In the cinematic version of Shakepeare's best comedy, Patrick Doyle provided the music.
With May and June being the Triple Crown months in thoroughbred horse racing -- the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in May and the Belmont Stakes in June -- this week's Flicks in Five focuses on 'Seabiscuit' and its score by Randy Newman.
100 years ago this month, Orson Welles was born in Kenosha, Wisc. In this week's Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel examines his 'Citizen Kane', and its Academy Award-nominated score by Bernard Herrmann.
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.