Score: A Film Music Documentary

2016

Documentary / Music

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 2095

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Steven Spielberg as Himself
James Cameron as Himself
John Williams as Himself
Danny Elfman as Himself
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Reviewed by rzajac 4 / 10

Not at the level I expected

I figured this'd be a study of film music with breadth and depth, but it was largely a silly parade of people spouting film music frippery, interwoven with clips and so forth. Subjective takes on the effect this or that bit of film music had on a cavalcade of talking heads is NOT worth sitting through.

Yes, every now and then there's something of objective value, so I give the flick a few stars.

If you have some musical knowledge or are interesting in backstories of film-scorers experiences, look elsewhere.

Reviewed by Thomas Pickett 7 / 10

I think I just need to make a Jerry Goldsmith Documentary

Maybe it is too much to cover the whole history of film music in one film. The golden age of cinema is overlooked and the silver age is touched on in this film. They started talking about Jerry Goldsmith then quickly cut over to John Williams. John Williams is a great composer, I think his best work is Superman (1979) that whole score is great. But we know Williams because he scored Lucas and Spielberg. All the other composers didn't have that exposure. What about Basil Poledouris Conan? Or James Horner's earlier work like Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan?

And going back to Goldsmith. The guy has the greatest library as a whole such creativity, experimentation. The film does show composers fiddling with instruments to get a certain sound. Guess who started that? Goldsmith. Who experimented with moog and electronics? Goldsmith. Guess who wrote the creepiest song ever for the anti christ? Goldsmith!

I guess I would say to anyone that is a slightest of a fan of this music, just start listening there is so much great stuff out there. And a lot of it is on Youtube, which I hope stays up there so people can learn and enjoy these people's work.

Reviewed by Horst in Translation ([email protected]) 8 / 10

Easy to appreciate

"Score: A Film Music Documentary" is an American 90-minute documentary movie from 2016, so now it's 2018 and this one really took way too long to be released here in Germany. But the viewing I was in was fairly full, so I'm glad it's getting the attention it deserves. The title summarizes pretty well what this one is about, namely the work of film composers. Early on we find out a bit about use of music and sound in very old films even back to the silent era. And some other stuff from way back like Psycho, E.T., Jaws, Vertigo etc. all films that are somewhat known for their music too. But most of the focus is on recent years. They got many many big name composers in here, almost too many, telling us about the subject and including personal anecdotes about their profession, which makes this an informative watch, but also a really entertaining one. And then of course you hear so much excellent music from start to finish, all the classics, that it is virtually impossible not to appreciate the music. I am for example not the greatest Star Wars or Indiana Jones fan, but I still like listening to the main themes of these movies. This film is very insightful and in-depth and I don't want to go deep into detail about what the interviewees had to say, but it was always interesting and I could have watched and listened for another half hour easily, perhaps even full hour. A really impressive way to launch one's career and most other directors could only have dreamed of such quality in a rookie project like Matt Schrader's here. Good to see it got some awards recognition at least, even if not at the big events. No idea how these go for forgettable stuff like "20 Feet from Stardom", but ignore this one here. Anyway, I myself am not a musician and I possess virtually no musical talent, so you don't need to play an instrument at all to appreciate this film. It's enough if you like music and if we are honest it's not a question of "if", but of which genres and artists are your biggest favorites. Schrader got all the big names in here and I don't want to list the names now as you can see these in the cast list, but a quick special thumbs-up to Alexandre Desplat who just won his second Golden Globe last night and he is also featured in here. Also an interesting reference to the new wave of music artists scoring film like Reznor/Ross did and had huge success with their work in that department. It is a very broad film, very relevant from the first second as we see on-set work, which is also important for score designers and it is not all just taking place inside in the recording studio or the orchestra hall. I think this is all that needs to be said. We truly should be thankful to these musicians for bringing us so many great moments and goosebumps like for example the main theme from Schindler's List. This is a definite contender for best documentary from 2016 and also top10 from all films released that year I guess. Even the seemingly random inclusions of Barrack Obama stealing songs and Paul Walker's death are elaborated on in a way that makes sense. I highly recommend seeing this one. It was a great watch.

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