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.

  • Randy NewmanFlicks in Five: 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.July 21, 2015
  • Star TrekFlicks in Five: Star Trek
    On this week's Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel looks at the Michael Giacchino score to 2009's 'Star Trek', which cleverly interweaves elements of Jerry Goldsmith's melodies from the original TV series score from the 1960s.July 14, 2015
  • Out of AfricaFlicks in Five: 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 earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.July 7, 2015
  • Still from Yankee Doodle DandyFlicks in Five: Yankee Doodle Dandy
    As the Fourth of July approaches, Flicks in Five features one of James Cagney's most enduring roles, and one of his favorites. "Yankee Doodle Dandy" gave Cagney the chance to shine as a song and dance man.June 30, 2015
  • Production still from 'The Princess Bride'Flicks in Five: The Princess Bride
    Inconceivable! On this week's Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel takes a look at 'The Princess Bride', and its Academy Award-nominated score by Mark Knopfler.June 23, 2015
  • 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.June 16, 2015
  • 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.June 9, 2015
  • SeabiscuitFlicks in Five: Seabiscuit
    With May and June being the Triple Crown months in thoroughbred horse racing -- the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in May and the Belmont Stakes in June -- this week's Flicks in Five focuses on 'Seabiscuit' and its score by Randy Newman.June 2, 2015
  • Orson WellesFlicks in Five: Orson Welles
    100 years ago this month, Orson Welles was born in Kenosha, Wisc. In this week's Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel examines his 'Citizen Kane', and its Academy Award-nominated score by Bernard Herrmann.May 26, 2015
  • Saving Private RyanFlicks in Five: 'Saving Private Ryan'
    When it comes to Memorial Day, many things come to mind — small town parades, flags, picnics, and observances at war memorials. With so many war movie music scores to choose from for Memorial Day, Lynne Warfel looks at 'Saving Private Ryan' in honor of her father.May 19, 2015
  • Still from Sunset BoulevardFlicks in Five: 'Sunset Boulevard'
    We go to the 'Golden Era' of Hollywood films and movie music this week on Flicks in Five with 1950's 'Sunset Boulevard', with a score by German-born composer Franz Waxman.May 12, 2015
  • dumbo frame captureFlicks in Five: 'Baby Mine' from Walt Disney's 'Dumbo'
    In the run-up to Mother's Day, Lynne Warfel offers this heartstring-tugging gem: 'Baby Mine' from the Walt Disney animated classic, 'Dumbo'. Bring your own tissues.May 5, 2015
  • Clint Eastwood 'Paint Your Wagon' press photoFlicks in Five: 'I Talk to the Trees' from 'Paint Your Wagon'
    On paper, 'Paint Your Wagon' should have been a rousing success, but big budgets and changing public tastes created different results. Nevertheless, the film features great songs, including 'I Talk to the Trees'. On this week's Flicks in Five, we'll hear Bryn Terfel's interpretation of the song -- a nice tune for Arbor Day.April 28, 2015
  • 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

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