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The brand new book uncovering the extraordinary partnerships behind cinema's greatest scores.
From Jurassic Park to The Lord of the Rings, Vertigo 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