Saturday Night At The Movies: The Book

28 February 2018, 13:08

The brand new book uncovering the extraordinary partnerships behind cinema's greatest scores.

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Discover the remarkable stories behind some of the most popular film music of all time. Order your copy now at Amazon or the Classic FM Store

From Jurassic Park to The Lord of the RingsVertigo to Titanic, some film scores are instantly recognisable and eternally memorable. The soundtrack is a vital part of a film, setting the tone and heightening action and emotion. It can elevate a movie from good to truly great. But what of the creators behind the music? In this engaging collection of profiles, Jennifer Nelson takes a look at some of the most successful director–composer partnerships of all time, to find out how they began and what makes them work so well. 

Based on in-depth interviews and drawing on multiple sources, Saturday Night at the Movies features such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann, Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer, and J.J. Abrams and Michael Giacchino. Each section focuses on the working relationship between a director and composer and examines their many hits – and occasional misses. The best scores come from the alchemy between the pair, where both work together to bring the director’s vision to life through the music.

With additional commentary from film critics and contemporary composers, Nelson reveals the stories behind the scores, including classics such as Back to the Future, Lawrence of Arabia, Fargo, Edward Scissorhands and many, many more.

Listen to the suggested playlists included with each chapter of the book, curated specially by Jennifer Nelson. 

Chapter 1 Carter Burwell and the Coen Brothers 

Chapter 2 Patrick Doyle and Kenneth Branagh

Chapter 3 Danny Elfman and Tim Burton

Chapter 4 Michael Giacchino and J.J. Abrams

Chapter 5  Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock

Chapter 6  James Horner and James Cameron

Chapter 7  Maurice Jarre and David Lean

Chapter 8 Thomas Newman and Sam Mendes

Chapter 9 Howard Shore and Peter Jackson 

Chapter 10 Alan Silvestri and Robert Zemeckis

Chapter 11 John Williams and Steven Spielberg

Chapter 12 Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan