Lynne Warfel Feature Archive

There aren't many films that have New Year as the theme from beginning to end, but there are certainly loads of great movies that have New Year's scenes in them, like 1960's 'The Apartment', directed by Billy Wilder and featuring music by Charles Williams. (12/30/2014)
Irving Berlin's song, 'White Christmas', premiered on radio and starred in two motion pictures; Bing Crosby's version made the Guinness Book of World Records for its millions of sales. On this week's Flicks in Five, we'll hear that beloved song. (12/23/2014)
In another holiday edition of Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel looks at the music and lyrics from the 1971 musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic, 'A Christmas Carol'. (12/16/2014)
Just before its release at Christmas in 1946, composer Dimitri Tiomkin's original score to 'It's a Wonderful Life' was overhauled. On this week's Flicks in Five, we'll hear Tiomkin's original finale for the film. (12/09/2014)
John Williams provides a sentimental and lovely score to accompany the screwball comedy about a kid left alone at home at Christmastime. (12/02/2014)
Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. (11/30/2014)
The first movie to be shot on location at the Macy's Day Parade in New York City, 'Miracle on 34th Street' was also the first major vehicle for then-child star Natalie Wood. (11/25/2014)
Join Bill Morelock and Lynne Warfel for an hour of holiday movie music that ranges from the sentimental to the completely cranky. From "White Christmas" and cozy homes for the holidays to Grinches and Scrooges, <i>A Hollywood Holiday</i> takes in your favorite holiday movies from a musical point of view. (11/25/2014)
In 1944, the U.S. was embroiled in war. Back home, folks were going to the movies to bolster spirits. Some movies looked directly into the face of war, while others helped people escape for just a couple of hours. 'Meet Me in St. Louis' was one of the latter variety films. (11/18/2014)
Throughout the decades, certain songs or pieces of music from films find their way into the broader consciousness, often becoming radio hits. One such song, titled in English "I Will Wait for You", comes from a 1964 French film. (11/11/2014)
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. (11/04/2014)
Deemed culturally, historically and aesthetically significant by the Library of Congerss in 1991, 'King Kong' is also known for its musical score, composed by Max Steiner. (10/28/2014)
From a crop-duster attack in a midwestern cornfield to the tip of George Washington's nose, Alfred Hitchcock packed a ton of suspense into this 1959 classic caper. On this week's Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel takes a look at Hitch's "North by Northwest." (10/21/2014)
It's the time of the year when we think about scary movies, so you might want to turn on an extra light or two, although Lynne Warfel's pick this week may make you laugh: it's the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy, 'Young Frankenstein', featuring music by John Morris. (10/14/2014)
Swordfights, rope-swinging and adventurous heroes characterize the 'swashbuckler' genre. Naturally, the scores under these films reflect the onscreen feats of derring-do. (10/07/2014)