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    Talking Favorite soundtrack/score per Genre

    After seeing all of the latest 'Favorite List' discussions for symphonies, I thought why not start one for original soundtracks and film scores. These can be for film or TV. Here's how it goes: much like the previous threads where you choose one work for every number, choose one soundtrack/score for each of the listed genres:

    Action

    Adventure/Fantasy

    Comedy

    Crime/Gangster

    Drama

    Epics/Historical

    Horror

    Musicals/Dance

    Science-Fiction

    War/Anti-War

    Westerns


    There may seem to be some overlap with some of these, but the genres should speak for themselves nevertheless. You can mention a composer more than once (or only once if you feel so inclined). These can only be original works written specifically for film or TV (iow: Barber's Adagio for Strings is not eligible). This should be a neat discussion with some very interesting lists .

    For starters, here is mine:

    Action Eflman: Mission Impossible

    Adventure/Fantasy Debney: Cutthroat Island

    Comedy Williams: 1941

    Crime/Gangster Goldsmith: LA Confidential

    Drama Elfman: Black Beauty

    Epics/Historical Zimmer: Gladiator

    Horror Herrmann: Psycho

    Musicals/Dance Elfman: The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Science-Fiction Sheamur: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

    War/Anti-War Williams: The Patriot

    Westerns Broughton: Silverado
    Last edited by Rondo; Feb-10-2009 at 04:01.

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    Action Zimmer: Gladiator

    Adventure/Fantasy Shore: LotR

    Comedy Williams: Catch me if you can (Comedy?)

    Crime/Gangster Dunno, don't really take notice of the music in these movies, probably because the music is designed (often) not to be noticed.

    Drama When I think of one I'll update.

    Epics/Historical What's an epic movie???

    Horror Goldenthal: Alien 3 (Horror/Sci-FI?)

    Musicals/Dance Elfman: The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Science-Fiction Williams: Star Wars I-VI

    War/Anti-War Dunno.

    Westerns WESTERNS ARE SHITE

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    Here is the website I used get the genres listed. It describes each of them, as well. As I said, there is some over-lap (ie Epic/War/Action, Drama/Crime, Sci-fi/Horror). So, a lot of films could easily fit into more than one category.

    Nice to see Eliot Goldenthal on a list. It's hard to make a list like this without mentioning either Williams, Elfman, Zimmer or Horner.
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    I believe Gladiator is more of an action than historical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yagan Kiely View Post
    I believe Gladiator is more of an action than historical.
    Some categories are ambiguous, so I thought of it as an Epic...much like Troy or The Odyssey. But, by definition, Action fits as well.

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    Yeah, I agree.

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    This is definitely a top-of-the-head list, and I'm sure that second thoughts will occur as I see or remember other films. You may notice that I cheated slightly, in that I used the battle on the ice from Alexander Nevsky to get it into the 'war' category in order to use Metropolis as an 'epic'.

    Action: Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Adventures of Robin Hood

    Adventure/Fantasy: Michael Kamen: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    Comedy: Danny Elfman: Back to School (the orchestral portions, not the pop tunes)

    Crime/Gangster: Nino Rota: The Godfather

    Drama: Georges Delerue: Contempt

    Epics/Historical: Gottfried Huppertz: Metropolis

    Horror: Frank Skinner: Son of Frankenstein

    Musicals/Dance: Irving Berlin: Follow the Fleet

    Science-Fiction: Jerry Goldsmith: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    War/Anti-War: Sergei Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky

    Westerns: Sergio Morricone: Once Upon a Time in the West

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    Quote Originally Posted by LvB View Post

    Comedy: Danny Elfman: Back to School (the orchestral portions, not the pop tunes)
    I've never heard of this particular film. From your parenthetical, I have an idea of what the soundtrack is like. I have several in my possession which include a mix of orchestral and [mostly] cheesy rock music. Ironically, I consider one of those to be a favorite: Silvestri's score from Judge Dredd. Very neat, and comically Wagnerian in style.

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    Action - David Arnold: Casino Royale

    Adventure/Fantasy - Hans Zimmer: Pirates of the Carribean

    Comedy - Harry Gregson-Williams: Shrek

    Crime/Gangster - Karyn Rachtman (music supervisor): Pulp Fiction

    Drama - Mozart: Amadeus

    Epics/Historical - Howard Shore: Lord of the Rings (ok, it isn't historical but what the heck!)

    Horror - Herrmann: Psycho

    Musicals/Dance - Sondheim: Sweeney Todd

    Science-Fiction - Williams: Star Wars

    War/Anti-War - Williams: Schindler's List

    Westerns - Morricone: For a Few Dollars More
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yagan Kiely View Post
    Crime/Gangster Dunno, don't really take notice of the music in these movies, probably because the music is designed (often) not to be noticed.
    Really? I just watched "The Departed" and Howard Shore's music played a prominent role I thought. In fact I havn't seen a crime/gangster where music hasn't been a key feature.
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    Epics/Historical What's an epic movie???
    They are lengthy and try and touch on lots of genres or ideas. A Wagner opera can be described as epic.
    Quote Originally Posted by Yagan Kiely View Post
    Horror Goldenthal: Alien 3 (Horror/Sci-FI?)
    What the hell?! What about Goldsmith's legendary Alien score, or James Horner's magnificent effort in Aliens?
    Quote Originally Posted by Yagan Kiely View Post
    Westerns [I]WESTERNS ARE SHITE[/I
    You obviously havn't seen any good ones! Can I point you in the direction of the superb direction of Sergio Leone?
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    Drama - Mozart: Amadeus
    Lol.

    You obviously havn't seen any good ones! Can I point you in the direction of the superb direction of Sergio Leone?
    Well not obviously, but it's possible. I've never been able to sit through one as everything about all that I've seem turn me off them. Even 3:10 to Yuma even though I generally love Crowe's acting... I didn't enjoy the film. Not a true western, but it does bear obvious characteristic qualities to them.

    They are lengthy and try and touch on lots of genres or ideas.
    'Such as' is what I mean. I've heard LotR being described as one simply because it is pretty much an eleven our movie.

    What the hell?! What about Goldsmith's legendary Alien score, or James Horner's magnificent effort in Aliens?
    Huh? Why didn't YOU chose them then? I don't like Alien's score. I can't listen to it apart from the movie. That said is does a fantastic job (obviously) in the film.

    For a Drama: The score for 'the conversation' can't remember the composer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yagan Kiely View Post
    'Such as' is what I mean. I've heard LotR being described as one simply because it is pretty much an eleven our movie.

    Huh? Why didn't YOU chose them then? I don't like Alien's score. I can't listen to it apart from the movie. That said is does a fantastic job (obviously) in the film.
    Yup, the LOTR films can be described as an epic not just because of their collective duration of over 12 hours, but also because they contain a mixture of action, adventure, romance, horror, comedy and fantasy.

    The Psycho soundtrack is the ultimate horror soundtrack and I think a perfect match for Hitchcock's god-like direction, that's why I chose that over the Alien soundtrack. However, this would be my second choice. As many movie franchises have found out, three is a crowd and the Alien franchise is no different. I found Alien3 to be a terrible film, supported only by the presence of Sigourney Weaver and half-decent music. That was why I was slightly confused with your choice, seeing as the obvious alternatives were highly superior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Elgar View Post
    Action - David Arnold: Casino Royale
    You should hear his score for The Musketeer, if you think that is good.

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    I found Alien3 to be a terrible film, supported only by the presence of Sigourney Weaver and half-decent music. That was why I was slightly confused with your choice, seeing as the obvious alternatives were highly superior.
    See, I thought we were talking about soundtracks, not the movies themselves. Goldenthal regarded the score as his best or near there work.

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    Goldenthal is a great composer, in general. He (like a lot of other great film composers) just gets stuck doing most of his better works for sub-par films.

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