Flicks in Five

Every Saturday at 10 a.m., Lynne Warfel takes a close look at great films, their scores and the stories behind the cameras... all in five minutes.

  • Still from There's No Business Like Show BusinessFlicks in Five: There's No Business Like Show Business
    What American composer better embodies the spirit of the day than Irving Berlin? His music has graced innumerable Hollywood offerings from "White Christmas" to "Annie Get Your Gun." This week on Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel celebrates Irving Berlin.April 15, 2014
  • toy story frame captureFlicks in Five: Toy Story
    This week, we celebrate the work of Tom Hanks; in particular, his work in the Pixar film, 'Toy Story'. On today's Flicks in Five, we're featuring Randy Newman's Academy Award-nominated score to that first big Pixar hit.April 1, 2014
  • Julie AndrewsFlicks in Five: The Sound of Music
    Loosely based on a true story, 'The Sound of Music' was last in a string of successful musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein.March 25, 2014
  • Yul Brynner and Gertrude LawrenceFlicks in Five: The King and I
    Royal governess Anna Leonowens' incredible story was the basis for Mary Langdon's best-selling novel Anna and the King of Siam, which was later adapted into the broadway musical The King and I.March 18, 2014
  • Randy NewmanHow Randy Newman re-invented himself with 'Ragtime'
    Film composer Randy Newman didn't have Hollywood success handed to him on a silver platter. 'Ragtime' gave Newman a chance to reach new heights.March 11, 2014
  • Danny ElfmanFlicks in Five: Danny Elfman
    Four time Oscar nominee, Danny Elfman is known for his collaborations with Tim Burton, music for the Batman movies and The Simpsons theme song.March 4, 2014
  • Ben-HurFlicks in Five: Ben-Hur - The Epic Defined
    With the best movie sequence of all time -- the chariot race -- 'Ben Hur' also boasts one of the longest musical scores ever written, recorded in one of the most epic recording sessions ever scheduled.February 25, 2014
  • out of africa soundtrack albumFlicks in Five: Meryl Streep, 'Out of Africa'
    Meryl Streep is widely considered to be the greatest living actress. She has garnered more Academy Award nominations than any other, although Katherine Hepburn has won more Oscars. Lynne Warfel looks at 'Out of Africa', for which Streep won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.February 18, 2014
  • wizard of ozFlicks in Five: 'The Wizard of Oz'
    The year 1939 was a bountiful one for Hollywood, and even though 'The Wizard of Oz' was not an initial success at the box office, it has since become a classic. Its music plays no small role in the film's enduring popularity.February 11, 2014
  • CleopatraFlicks in Five: 'Cleopatra'
    It boasted the biggest budget Hollywood had seen as of 1963. Alex North provided the score, and we hear the love theme of Anthony and Cleopatra on Flicks in Five.February 4, 2014
  • UpFlicks in Five: Up
    This week's Flicks in Five features the 2009 Pixar film Up, with music composed by Michael Giacchino.January 28, 2014
  • The Magnificent SevenFlicks in Five: The Magnificent Seven
    As we head into the awards season for movies, it's interesting to consider the nominee who didn't win on the day, but Elmer Bernstein's score has outlived the film itself to become part of our popular culture.January 21, 2014
  • it's a mad mad mad mad world posterFlicks in Five: 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World'
    Stanley Kramer became known as a director of "message movies," taking on tough subjects of the day, but it was his big budget, all-star shot at comedy that endeared him to many.January 14, 2014
  • some like it hot publicity stillFlicks in Five: Billy Wilder, 'Some Like It Hot'
    The Austrian born American director brought us many films in his trademark black and white, but it was his 1958 comedy starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe that earned him a place in the annals of film history.January 7, 2014
  • Still from Sunset BoulevardFlicks in Five - Sunset Boulevard
    Franz Waxman gave the same chilling effect as his score to "The Bride of Frankenstein" in the score of "Sunset Boulevard," the story of the mental disintegration of a silent film star.January 4, 2014

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