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.

  • scrooge, film, soundtrack, albumFlicks in Five: 'Scrooge'
    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'.December 16, 2014
  • Still from It's A Wonderful LifeFlicks in Five: 'It's a Wonderful Life'
    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.December 9, 2014
  • Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, home aloneFlicks in Five: Home Alone
    John Williams provides a sentimental and lovely score to accompany the screwball comedy about a kid left alone at home at Christmastime.December 2, 2014
  • Still from Miracle on 34th StreetFlicks in Five: Miracle on 34th Street
    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.November 25, 2014
  • Still from Meet Me in St. LouisFlicks in Five: The Trolley Song
    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.November 18, 2014
  • Catherine DeneuveFlicks in Five: 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg'
    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.November 11, 2014
  • much ado about nothingFlicks in Five: 'Much Ado About Nothing'
    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.November 4, 2014
  • king kong 1933Flicks in Five: 'King Kong'
    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.October 28, 2014
  • Still of Cary Grant and Eva Marie SaintFlicks in Five: North By Northwest
    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."October 21, 2014
  • young frankensteinFlicks in Five: 'Young Frankenstein'
    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.October 14, 2014
  • swashbuckler collageFlicks in Five: The Swashbuckler
    Swordfights, rope-swinging and adventurous heroes characterize the 'swashbuckler' genre. Naturally, the scores under these films reflect the onscreen feats of derring-do.October 7, 2014
  • richard beymer natalie wood west side storyFlicks in Five: Putting music in their mouths
    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.September 30, 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.September 23, 2014
  • Back to the Future (1985)Flicks in Five: Back to the Future
    This week's Flicks in Five features the film Back to the Future. Alan Silvestri composed the epic soundtrack to this film, and his music is just one of the many elements that makes this film a beloved and enduring classic.September 2, 2014
  • harry potterFlicks in Five: Harry Potter
    This week's spotlight film is the first Harry Potter movie, which features a score by John Williams. As we're marking back-to-school month, what better school to imagine attending than Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?August 26, 2014

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