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 Composer Richard Rodney Bennett died on December 24 in New York, at the age of 76. Over the course of his career, he was nominated for three Oscars -- for Far from the Madding Crowd, Nicholas and Alexandra and Murder on the Orient Express. His many other films include The Man Who Could Cheat Death, Billion Dollar Brain, Equus, The Return of the Soldier, Yanks, Enchanted April and Four Weddings and a Funeral, and he also composed concert music (including pieces specially comimssioned for the deaf percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie) and sang cabaret music. We will feature a more detailed obituary of this wonderfully talented composer in a future column.

Kritzerland has just announced three new soundtrack releases -- the first-ever release of Elmer Bernstein's score for director Martin Ritt's classic, Oscar-winning HUD, (featuring both the score as it is heard in the film, only six minutes long and performed by three guitars, and an earlier version performed by a chamber ensemble), paired with Nathan Van Cleave's score for the 1957 Western THE LONELY MAN; the two final feature films featuring Oscar winner Shirley Booth, both from 1958 (she continued acting in television for another 15 years, and passed on in 1992) -- HOT SPELL, with a score by Alex North, and THE MATCHMAKER (most remembered today as the inspiration for Hello, Dolly), scored by Adolph Deutsch; and an encore edition of one of the label's most popular CDs, Pino Donaggio's score to Brian DePalma's Oscar-nominated masterpiece CARRIE, this time a one-disc edition featuring the complete score (omitting the second disc of LP sequencing included in their previous release).


Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters - Dana Kaproff - Perseverance
Les Miserables
- Claude-Michel Schonberg - Universal Republic
Three Amigos!
- Elmer Bernstein, Randy Newman - Perseverance


Django Unchained - various - Score CD on Universal Republic
Les Miserables - Claude-Michel Schonberg, Anne Dudley, Stephen Metcalfe - Song CD on Universal Republic
Parental Guidance - Marc Shaiman
Promised Land - Danny Elfman
West of Memphis - Nick Cave, Warren Ellis - Song CD with 1 score suite due Jan 15 on Sony Legacy


January 4
Jack Reacher
- Joe Kraemer - La-La Land
January 8
Quartet - Dario Marianelli, various - Decca
Tron Uprising - Joseph Trapanese - Disney [CD-R]
January 22
Gangster Squad - Steve Jablonsky - Varese Sarabande
Parker - David Buckley - Varese Sarabande
January 29
Boss - Brian Reitzell - Lakeshore
Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Score - various - Lakeshore
Silent Hill: Revelation - Jeff Danna - Lakeshore
Stand Up Guys - Lyle Workman - Lakeshore
February 5 
Bullet to the Head - Steve Mazzaro - Varese Sarabande
Microcosmos - Bruno Coulais - Varese Sarabande
February 12
A Good Day to Die Hard - Marco Beltrami - Sony
Date Unknown
Carrie - Pino Donaggio - Kritzerland
Cent Mille Dollars Au Soleil/Les Morfalous
- Georges Delerue - Universal France
Hot Spell/The Matchmaker – Alex North, Adolph Deutsch - Kritzerland
Hud/The Lonely Man - Elmer Bernstein, Nathan Van Cleave - Kritzerland
In the Name of Sherlock Holmes - Robert Gulya - Howlin' Wolf
L'Aine Des Ferchaux/Un Flic - Georges Delerue/Michel Colombier - Universal France
Le Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur
- Michel Colombier/Serge Gainsbourg - Universal France


December 28 - Mischa Spoliansky born (1898)
December 28 - Captain Blood released in theaters (1935)
December 28 - Spellbound released in theaters (1945)
December 28 - Recording sessions begin for Bronislau Kaper's score to Invitation (1952)
December 28 - Richard Band born (1958)
December 28 - Alex North begins recording his score to All Fall Down (1961)
December 28 - Max Steiner died (1971)
December 28 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Loud as a Whisper" (1988)
December 28 - Milton Rosen died (1994)
December 28 - Michel Michelet died (1995)
December 29 - Ron Goodwin begins recording his score for Submarine X-1 (1967)
December 29 - George Duning's score for the Star Trek episode "Return to Tomorrow" is recorded (1967)
December 30 - Dmitri Kabalevsky born (1904)
December 30 - Paul Bowles born (1910)
December 30 - Ray Cook born (1936)
December 30 - Michael Nesmith born (1942)
December 30 - Richard Rodgers died (1979)
December 31 - Frank Skinner born (1897)
December 31 - Gil Melle born (1935)
December 31 - Anthony Hopkins born (1937)
December 31 - Andy Summers born (1942)
December 31 - Duel in the Sun premieres in Los Angeles (1946)
January 1 - Buddy Baker born (1918)
January 1 - David Broekman died (1958)
January 1 - David Buttolph died (1983)
January 1 - Hagood Hardy died (1997)
January 2 - Christopher Lennertz born (1972)
January 3 - George Martin born (1926)
January 3 - Van Dyke Parks born (1941)
January 3 - Recording sessions begin for Bronislau Kaper's score for Ada (1961)
January 3 - Bernhard Kaun died (1980)



"Benoit Sutras' [sic] score doesn't help matters; it is the bland, elevator-style world music variety. The sudden arrival of glorious Beatles songs in remixed surround sound like 'Octopus's Garden,' 'Glass Onion' and 'Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite' jars us out of our premature golden slumbers."

Howard Cohen, Miami Herald

THE IMPOSSIBLE - Fernando Velazquez

"As the virtually unrelieved tension and anxiety of the first half give way to less grueling scenes of will-the-find-each-other suspense, signaled by increasingly operatic surges in Fernando Velazquez’s score, ‘The Impossible’ contrives a conclusion that, however true to life it may be, can’t help but feel somewhat artificially imposed in relation to what has preceded it."

Justin Chang, Variety

"Fernando Velazquez's score is not afraid to step in operatically to push the emotions even farther but at times feels unnecessarily manipulative when everything onscreen is already at a fever pitch."

Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

ZERO DARK THIRTY - Alexandre Desplat

"There's no riding off into the sunset once the mission is complete, no swell of inspirational music; Alexandre Desplat's score is suitably understated, too. Just a few heartfelt hugs and some tears, all of them hard-earned."

Christy Lemire, Associated Press

"(Producer-director Kathryn) Bigelow doesn’t need narrative clarity to generate terrific suspense. She’s a wizard at mixing streaky, middle-of-the-­mêlée frames with stark establishing shots to give you your bearings. She saves the bravura stuff for the climax, when the Navy SEALs finally make their entrance. Their choppers glide through the dark mountains toward the sprinkling of buildings in Islamabad. Alexandre Desplat’s chord progressions are mysterious, suffused with awe. Night-vision goggles turn the silent compound green: The camera follows the seals through doors and up stairs, the only sound the bouncing of heavy equipment, the bleating of sheep, and then, after the firing begins, the sobbing of children. The carnage is quick and conclusive."

David Edelstein, New York

"With its handheld camerawork, naturalistic lighting and dialogue-drowning sound design (especially heavy on ambient helicopters), the film reflects the latest fashion in cinematic realism, compromised only slightly by the bare-minimum mood setting from Alexandre Desplat's Middle East-inflected score. "

Peter DeBruge, Variety


Screenings of older films, at the following L.A. movie theaters: AMPASAmerican Cinematheque: AeroAmerican Cinematheque: EgyptianLACMANew BeverlyNuartSilent Movie Theater and UCLA.

December 28
IT’S A GIFT [Cinematheque: Aero]
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (Maurice Jarre) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
THE PRINCESS BRIDE (Mark Knopfler) [Nuart]

December 29
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (Louis Silvers), HOLIDAY (Morris Stoloff) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (John Williams) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

December 30
TROUBLE IN PARADISE, CLUNY BROWN (Cyril Mockridge) [Cinematheque: Aero]

January 1
THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN (Fu-Ling Wang) [Silent Movie Theater]

January 2
THE TIN DRUM (Maurice Jarre) [Silent Movie Theater]
WALK PROUD (Don Peake, Robby Benson) [Silent Movie Theater]

January 3
THE BAND WAGON (Arthur Schwartz, Adolph Deutsch), MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Georgie Stoll) [Cinematheque: Aero]
METROPOLIS (Gottfried Huppertz), DARK CITY (Trevor Jones) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
THE TIN DRUM (Maurice Jarre) [Silent Movie Theater]

January 4
CALL HER SAVAGE (Louis De Francesco), HOOP-LA (Louis De Francesco) [UCLA]
THE GODFATHER (Nino Rota) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
PENN & TELLER GET KILLED (Paul Chihara) [Cinematheque: Aero]
REPO MAN (Steven Hufsteter, Humberto Larriva) [Silent Movie Theater]
SUPERMAN (John Williams) [Nuart]

January 5
GOODFELLAS, MILLER’S CROSSING (Carter Burwell) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
SEEDING OF A GHOST (Chin Yung Shing, Chen-hou Su) [Silent Movie Theater]
TESS (Philippe Sarde) [LACMA]

January 6
THE GODFATHER PART II (Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
PAPER MOON, THE STERILE CUCKOO (Fred Karlin) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THEODORA GOES WILD (Morris Stoloff), TRUE CONFESSION (Frederick Hollander) [UCLA]
THE WOMAN WITH RED HAIR (Yuukadan) [Silent Movie Theater]

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Django Unchained - various - Score CD on Universal Republic

Until Tarantino actually commissions and uses a complete original score, no film of his will have a score CD.

Django Unchained - various - Score CD on Universal Republic

Until Tarantino actually commissions and uses a complete original score, no film of his will have a score CD.

Well said Cindy!

Donaggio's "Carrie" was not nominated for an Oscar.

Donaggio's "Carrie" was not nominated for an Oscar.

The article says the film was Oscar-nominated, which it was (in both actress categories).

There may not be a score to Django Unchained but there were a few songs written specially for the film.

As for Tarantino never having an original score, Robert Rodriguez did score a few scenes in Kill Bill Volume 2 and he did want Ennio Morricone to score Inglourious Basterds until scheduling conflicts prevented this from happening.

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