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 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES by Hugo Friedhofer


Because of the overall subject theme of the film, the entire score has a sadness,
nostalgia and wistfulness about it.....with a final, uplifting theme that expresses the
idea of a positive and uplifting future.

The emotional scoring of the "elevator scene and homecoming"---virtually a wordless dialogue sequence---is one of the film-scoring classics of all time. I dare anyone to watch this film with true immersion in the story and not be in tears by the end of this scene. Brilliant staging and direction by William Wyler, and subtle and sensitive performances by the four performers.

With current events, and soldiers returning from wars once again, many with the same problems (or worse), it's surprising this film does not seem to have the fame and resonance that it once had. Today's life is a virtual re-enactment of the past as it appears in this film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

I'd say ORCA by Morricone , sniff... Sniff

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

I'd say
ORCA for sadness
THE GETAWAY .. THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY...DIRTY HARRY for coolness
SEVEN for creepieness
THE PINK PANTHER for stylnesssmile

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

I'd say
ORCA for sadness
THE GETAWAY .. THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY...DIRTY HARRY for coolness
SEVEN for creepieness
THE PINK PANTHER for stylnesssmile
SPARTACUS for geniusness

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   TPC   (Member)

Goldsmith's STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
OBSESSION (the chorus sounds like it's moaning)
OUR MOTHER'S HOUSE

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES by Hugo Friedhofer


Because of the overall subject theme of the film, the entire score has a sadness,
nostalgia and wistfulness about it.....with a final, uplifting theme that expresses the
idea of a positive and uplifting future.

The emotional scoring of the "elevator scene and homecoming"---virtually a wordless dialogue sequence---is one of the film-scoring classics of all time. I dare anyone to watch this film with true immersion in the story and not be in tears by the end of this scene. Brilliant staging and direction by William Wyler, and subtle and sensitive performances by the four performers.

With current events, and soldiers returning from wars once again, many with the same problems (or worse), it's surprising this film does not seem to have the fame and resonance that it once had. Today's life is a virtual re-enactment of the past as it appears in this film.


Yes, indeed! This was my pick but you beat me to it.

Herbert Stothart's "Wizard of Oz" Main Title with Harold Arlen's melodies can do it for some who have cherished memories of that film.

If fear can qualify for this topic then Bernard Herrmann's "Psycho" Main Title is quite thrilling.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES by Hugo Friedhofer


Because of the overall subject theme of the film, the entire score has a sadness,
nostalgia and wistfulness about it.....with a final, uplifting theme that expresses the
idea of a positive and uplifting future.

The emotional scoring of the "elevator scene and homecoming"---virtually a wordless dialogue sequence---is one of the film-scoring classics of all time. I dare anyone to watch this film with true immersion in the story and not be in tears by the end of this scene. Brilliant staging and direction by William Wyler, and subtle and sensitive performances by the four performers.

With current events, and soldiers returning from wars once again, many with the same problems (or worse), it's surprising this film does not seem to have the fame and resonance that it once had. Today's life is a virtual re-enactment of the past as it appears in this film.


Absolutely have to agree with these sentiments. And the whole score by Friedhofer has been under-appreciated for decades. The opening title music - I cannot seem to find the soundtrack anywhere - is my favourite all time film theme. Actually, this film IS my favourite in a lifetime as a film lover. Never been surpassed, but in a very close contest with "Picnic".

On so many levels "Best Years..." is extraordinary, not least the beautiful chiarascuro photography of the great Gregg Toland, but the acting of the principals and, of course, Harold Russell. (I've seen a few films recently with Cathy O'Donnell in them and she was exactly the same as she was in Wyler's film - a doe-eyed innocent, which became rather cloying).

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

"BEN-HUR" Miklos Rozsa

"THE SAND PEBBLES" Jerry Goldsmith


Just two of many many great credit themes.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 5:00 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I certainly concur with picks like GIANT, SUPERMAN, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and others. Those opening themes were grand.

On another grand scale, I'd a add Kaper's MUTINIY ON THE BOUNTY.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is gorgeous and heart-felt. Another one I would add to the
heart-felt openings would be Silvestri's Feather Suite from FORREST GUMP.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 5:01 PM   
 By:   paul rossen   (Member)

The combination of Saul Bass and Ernest Gold....EXODUS.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 5:08 PM   
 By:   tex1272   (Member)

Star Trek 3

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   Tester   (Member)

Maybe Zimmer's The Prince of Egypt would be one of them

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

I thought about this yesterday after not logging in for a bit. Friedhofer's Best Years of Our Lives for sure; the opening chords are just crushing.

Another one that is pretty emotional is The High and the Mighty by Tiomkin.

Some westerns: Red River, The Searchers, or The Big Country.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   Joe 1956   (Member)

That trumpet in Chinatown.

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Ray Cook's score to the Australian "Careful, He Might Hear You"

http://youtu.be/L2ku4wR2QCs

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   Adam Cousins   (Member)

Star Trek III. Very powerful and overflowing with emotion.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

The Time Machine (1960)
Escape From Planet of The Apes

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

MORTON STEVENS:

"Backstairs At The White House" (Main Title)

BRUCE BROUGHTON:

"Homeward Bound" (Theme / End Title)

These two come to mind every time for me...:-)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

Psycho - Its thrilling, catchy, memorable and seems to promise a good scary movie ahead.

 
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