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.

  • Virginia McKenna in 'Born Free'.Flicks in Five: 'Born Free'
    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.April 21, 2015
  • Fishermen, Lake Maota, Amber Fort, Jaipur, IndiaFlicks in Five: 'A Passage to India'
    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.April 14, 2015
  • Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in 'Easter Parade'Flicks in Five: 'A Couple of Swells'
    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.April 7, 2015
  • Catherine Deneuve, Jack Lemmon, 'The April Fools'Flicks in Five: 'The April Fools'
    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.March 31, 2015
  • Film poster excerpt for 'The Mission'Flicks in Five: 'The Mission'
    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.March 24, 2015
  • Julie Andrews in 'The Sound of Music'Flicks in Five: 'The Sound of Music' turns 50
    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the film, 'The Sound of Music'. To celebrate, we'll listen to a medley of pieces from this beloved film.March 17, 2015
  • A still from The Quiet ManFlicks in Five: The Quiet Man
    At St. Patrick's Day approaches, Flicks in Five looks at the music from John Ford's 1952 classic film about an American prizefighter who visits Ireland. For the score, composer Victor Young made a detailed study of original Irish folk tunes.March 10, 2015
  • The Pink Panther soundtrack albumFlicks in Five: The Pink Panther
    One of Lynne Warfel's favorite comedies of all time came about thanks to the collaboration of director Blake Edwards, actor Peter Sellers and composer Henry Mancini.March 3, 2015
  • Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery CliftFlicks in Five: A Place in the Sun
    A Place in the Sun was a 1951 black-and-white classic of intrigue, betrayal and murder based on Theodore Dreiser's 1925 novel, An American Tragedy.February 24, 2015
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingFlicks in Five: 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King'
    Howard Shore's Oscar-winning score to 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King' features different types of artists: actor Viggo Mortensen, flutist James Galway, soprano Renee Fleming and vocalist Annie Lennox can all be heard in the music. Hear some of Shore's music on this week's Flicks in Five.February 17, 2015
  • Still from CasablancaFlicks in Five: 'Casablanca'
    If Max Steiner had had his choice, 'As Time Goes By' wouldn't have been part of this film's classic score. But the schedule of the film's rising star, Ingrid Bergman, ensured the score would remain as we know it.February 10, 2015
  • film still from TitanicFlicks in Five: 'Titanic'
    James Cameron's 'Titanic' earned 11 Academy Awards, including both music categories. You probably remember the first time in the movie when you saw the Titanic out at sea. On this week's Flicks in Five, we'll listen to the music that accompanied that breathtaking cinematic moment.February 3, 2015
  • 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

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