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.

  • 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.January 27, 2015
  • 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 20, 2015
  • Porgy and BessFlicks in Five: 'Porgy and Bess'
    Based on a novel and a 1930s opera, the 1959 film 'Porgy and Bess' starred Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge -- but their vocals were overdubbed by Robert McFerrin (Bobby's father) and Adele Addison, both of whom were uncredited. Hear Kathleen Battle sing the iconic tune, "Summertime", on this week's Flicks in Five.January 13, 2015
  • citizen kane, titlesFlicks in Five: 'Citizen Kane'
    The film considered one of the greatest of all time also features an equally lauded score by Bernard Herrmann. The music includes an aria from an opera that doesn't exist. Hear it on this week's Flicks in Five.January 6, 2015
  • Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in The ApartmentFlicks in Five: 'The Apartment'
    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.December 30, 2014
  • White ChristmasFlicks in Five: 'White Christmas'
    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.December 23, 2014
  • 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

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