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The latest from La-La Land is a new edition of Bernard Herrmann's classic, groundbreaking score for director Robert Wise's 1951 sci-fi drama THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


Baby Driver - Steven Price - Columbia
The Blue Planet (remastered reissue) 
- George Fenton - Silva
The Day the Earth Stood Still
- Bernard Herrmann - La-La Land
Ghost Stories
 - Frank Ilfman - Varese Sarabande
Grupo 7 
- Julio de la Rosa - Rosetta
La Gran Ola 
- Pablo Cervantes - Rosetta
Planet Earth (remastered reissue)
 - George Fenton - Silva
Rage Fuoco Incrociato
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Digitmovies
The Strangers: Prey at Night
 - Adrian Johnston - Varese Sarabande
Una Ragione Per Vivere E Una Moriere
 - Riz Ortolani - Digitmovies
Yo Soy Asi, Tita de Buenas Aires
 - Osvaldo Montes - Rosetta
You Were Never Really Here
 - Jonny Greenwood - Lakeshore 


Aardvark - Heather McIntosh
Beirut - John Debney
Borg vs. McEnroe - Jonas Struck, Vladislav Delay, Jon Ekstrand, Carl-Johan Sevedag
Come Sunday - Tamar-kali
Jet Trash - Roger Goula
Krystal - Dan Romer
An Ordinary Man - Christophe Beck, Chilli Gonzales
Rampage - Andrew Lockington
The Rider - Nathan Halpern
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero - Patrick Doyle
Submergence - Fernando Velazquez - Score CD due April 27 on Varese Sarabande
Truth or Dare - Matthew Margeson
Wildling - Paul Haslinger


April 20
The Age of Assassins
- Masaru Sato - Cinema-Kan (import)
God of War - Bear McCreary - Sony (import)
Into the Badlands
 - David Shephard - Varese Sarabande
- John Lunn - Silva (import)
Thriller vol. 2 (re-recording) 
- Jerry Goldsmith - Tadlow
April 27
Dr. Who: Series 9
 - Murray Gold - Silva
Kings - Nick Cave, Warren Ellis - Milan
Mary Magdalene - Hildur Guonadottir, Johann Johannsson - Milan (import) 
 - Fernando Velazquez - Varese Sarabande
May 4
Attack of the Clones (re-release) - John Williams - Disney
Bad Samaritan
 - Joseph LoDuca - Varese Sarabande
The Empire Strikes Back (re-release) - John Williams - Disney
 - Agatha Kaspar - Varese Sarabande
The Phantom Menace (re-release) - John Williams - Disney
Return of the Jedi (re-release) - John Williams - Disney
Revenge of the Sith (re-release) - John Williams - Disney
Star Wars - John Williams - Disney
 - Robert Duncan - Varese Sarabande
May 11
Alias Grace - Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna - Lakeshore
Life of the Party - Fil Eisler - Varese Sarabande
A Quiet Place - Marco Beltrami - Milan
May 18
On Chesil Beach - Dan Jones - Decca (import)
May 25
7 Days in Entebbe - Rodrigo Amarante - Lakeshore
Solo: A Star Wars Story - John Powell - Disney
Star Trek: Discovery, Chapter 2 - Jeff Russo - Lakeshore
June 1 
Lost in Space - Christopher Lennertz - Lakeshore
June 8 
Hereditary - Colin Stetson - Milan
Date Unknown
Azul Y No Tan Rosa
- Sergio De La Puente - Rosetta
 - Debbie Wiseman - Silva
 - Pascal Gaigne - Quartet
Fatima: El Ultimo Misterio
- Oscar Martin Leanizabarrutia - Rosetta
Flic Story/Doucement Les Basses
 - Claude Bolling - Music Box
Jeepers Creepers 3 
- Andrew Morgan Smith - Quartet
Les Aventures de Spirou et Fantasio
 - Eric Neveux - Quartet
Loi Bao
 - Christopher Wong - Quartet
Monkey Shines
 - David Shire - Music Box
Rain Man
 - Hans Zimmer - Notefornote
Seis Hermanas
- Sergio Moure - Rosetta


April 13 - Vladimir Cosma born (1940)
April 13 - Bill Conti born (1942)
April 13 - John Addison wins his only Oscar, for Tom Jones's score (1964)
April 13 - Joel J. Richard born (1976)
April 13 - Teo Usuelli died (2009)
April 14 - Ali Akbar Khan born (1922)
April 14 - Shorty Rogers born (1924)
April 14 - A.C. Newman born (1968)
April 14 - John Barry wins his third Oscar, for The Lion in Winter score (1969)
April 14 - Win Butler born (1980)
April 14 - Georges Delerue wins his only Oscar, for A Little Romance's score; David Shire wins song Oscar for Norma Rae's "It Goes Like It Goes" (1980)
April 14 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “E2" (2004)
April 15 - Gert Wilden born (1917)
April 15 - Michael Kamen born (1948)
April 15 - Dick Maas born (1951)
April 15 - Carlo Crivelli born (1953)
April 15 - Bernard Herrmann begins recording his score for A Hatful of Rain (1957)
April 15 - Lalo Schifrin begins recording his score to The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971)
April 15 - Francis Lai wins the score Oscar for Love Story (1971)
April 15 - John Greenwood died (1975)
April 15 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for Parts 1 & 2 of Masada (1980)
April 15 - John Williams records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Ghost Train" (1985)
April 15 - Tim McIntire died (1986)
April 15 - Arthur Morton died (2000)
April 15 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Enterprise episode “Cogenitor” (2003)
April 16 - Charles Chaplin born (1889)
April 16 - Warren Barker born (1923)
April 16 - Henry Mancini born (1924)
April 16 - Perry Botkin Jr. born (1933)
April 16 - Chaz Jankel born (1952)
April 16 - David Raksin records his score for Pat and Mike (1952)
April 16 - Alex North begins recording his score for Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
April 16 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for The Detective (1968)
April 16 - Basil Poledouris begins recording his score to Quigley Down Under (1990)
April 16 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Frame of Mind” (1993)
April 17 - Jan Hammer born (1948)
April 17 - David Bell born (1954)
April 17 - Recording sessions begin for Bronislau Kaper's score for The Power and the Prize (1956)
April 17 - Ernest Gold wins his only Oscar, for the Exodus score (1961)
April 17 - Elmer Bernstein begins recording his score for Summer and Smoke (1961)
April 17 - John Williams begins recording his score for Stanley & Iris (1989)
April 17 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for Dennis the Menace (1993)
April 17 - Paul Baillargeon records his score for the Enterprise episode “Vox Sola” (2002)
April 18 - Miklos Rozsa born (1907)
April 18 - Tony Mottola born (1918)
April 18 - Buxton Orr born (1924)
April 18 - Mike Vickers born (1941)
April 18 - Kings Row released in theaters (1942)
April 18 - Andrew Powell born (1949)
April 18 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to The King's Thief (1955)
April 18 - Ed Plumb died (1958)
April 18 - Maurice Jarre wins his second Oscar, for Dr. Zhivago's score; presumably decides to stick with this David Lean kid (1966)
April 18 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for Players (1979)
April 18 - Dave Grusin begins recording his score for The Goonies (1985)
April 18 - John Debney records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Progress” (1993)
April 18 - Recording sessions begin for Marco Beltrami’s score for Red Eye (2005)
April 18 - Robert O. Ragland died (2012)
April 19 - William Axt born (1888)
April 19 - Sol Kaplan born (1919)
April 19 - Dudley Moore born (1935)
April 19 - Jonathan Tunick born (1938)
April 19 - Alan Price born (1942)
April 19 - David Fanshawe born (1942)
April 19 - Lord Berners died (1950)
April 19 - Alfred Newman begins recording his score for David and Bathsheba (1951)
April 19 - Ragnar Bjerkreim born (1958)
April 19 - Harry Sukman begins recording his score for A Thunder of Drums (1961)
April 19 - Henry Mancini begins recording his score for The Great Race (1965)
April 19 - John Williams begins recording his score for Fitzwilly (1967)
April 19 - Michael Small begins recording his score to Klute (1971)
April 19 - Thomas Wander born (1973)
April 19 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "We'll Always Have Paris" (1988)


"Composer Tyler Strickland’s original score provides a beautiful soundtrack to the film’s complex subject matter. Audiences will feel overwhelmed with what they hear and what they can’t see -- particularly when Michelle can’t find her backpack, or when she is searching for employment, or when she feels disconnected in the crowd watching her brother’s basketball game. But it is her indomitable spirit, her confidence, her zest for self-discovery, that will make audiences root for her success."
Jane Kellogg Murray, Austin-American Statesman

"Legally blind and diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, 20-year-old Michelle is struggling to gain the independence necessary to move out of her mom’s house. She's quirky and quick-witted, and her charm is infectious, despite feeling like an outcast whose exploration of the world is thwarted by circumstance. The filmmaking team does a wonderful job lending insight into the blurry shapes and abrasive sounds she encounters daily with their fascinating cinematography and an original score. And they humanize her disability through entertaining storytelling -- her Hello Kitty and Thomas the Tank Engine obsession, the difficulty of family strife, and the delightful awkwardness of a new relationship. Even more though, it's the powerful scenes of conflict and the equally important relief from isolation that arrives when Michelle begins to find her own community in the world of fetish and kink that make this a great watch. (Humor certainly makes itself useful too: Imagine your parents finding a flogger or handcuffs in your room.) Touching on sexuality, self-realization, and a support system that encourages empowerment, 'Best and Most Beautiful Things' nails the idea that 'normal' is very overrated."
Jessi Cape, The Austin Chronicle
LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT - Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans

"Also enriching this experiment that is more to be admired  for what it attempts than what it achieves (the rushed ending especially fails to live up to the film’s promising start) is the haunting minimalist score by Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi ('Enemy,' 'Martha Marcy May Marlene')."
Susan Wloszczyna,

"Composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans ('Enemy') are absolutely one of the hottest tickets in town these days in the indie world -- they scored a total of three films at Sundance including 'Nasty Baby' and 'The Wolfpack' -- and there’s a good reason why. Their haunting orchestral works are gorgeous and often super unnerving. While their somber compositions here are equally brooding, there’s an opaque and mysterious quality to them that doesn’t guide the viewer as much as some of their music in the past. Perhaps that’s because despite being a movie about the most fundamental of relationships, 'Last Days In The Desert' is a little aloof. The spare and stark attributes keep the viewer at a mild emotional distance ,and while it does provide spiritual and food-for-thought nourishment, it doesn’t do so with enough ardor to connect on a moving emotional level. This complaint is also not always true. ‘Desert’ does have one great scene of tragedy and loss that does strike at the soul of the viewer."
Rodrigo Perez, IndieWire
"García offers a more internalized take on Jesus’s crisis of faith than the outwardly tortured soul presented in 'The Last Temptation of Christ.' This introspective quality is matched by an austere aesthetic, with Emmanuel Lubezki’s wide landscape shots and Danny Densi and Saunder Jurriaans’s solemn string-based score, combined with the script’s spare use of dialogue, instilling a mood of intimate contemplation. Hinds subtly evokes the anguish behind the father’s stoicism, which makes the man’s one clumsy attempt to try to forge an emotional connection with his son -- through a riddle, which is something the boy regularly enjoys -- both touching and amusing. And McGregor’s customary detachment scans as observant watchfulness and thoughtfulness in this hushed context; he also brings enough energetic relish as Satan to make the contrast between good and evil palpable."
Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine

"Writer-director Rodrigo García has juiced up the gospels with a fart gag and some business concerning a Madagascar hissing cockroach, but replacing the kitschy pieties of Son of God with art-house arthritis and a fretful string section doesn’t go far toward revivifying the Greatest Story Every Retold."
Nick Pinkerton, Film Comment
"Backed by the skyscraping strings of Clint Mansell [sic] and reuniting with his regular cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Garcia appear to be erecting an aesthetic monument, replete with iwidescreen vistas. But while Lubezki’s compositions can sometimes threaten to dwarf concrete narratives, they also encapsulate the larger conversations about free-will: Set against the craggy facades, indented hills and pristine sandstone of Israel, the mountainous terrain isn’t just a physical representation of Jesus’s isolation, but another dimension to his trials toward understanding his larger purpose."
Michael Snydel, Paste Magazine

"Garcia’s story is engaging, and its parallels are deeply felt. But he also has a magnificent team to give 'Last Days in the Desert' all the right looks. The most inventive and divine cinematographer of our modern times, Emmanuel Lubezki, does much less showy work here than he’s done recently with Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuaron. But it fits the project, and still inspires awe. There is a moment on the cliffs where Lubezki rises to the occasion, showing the vastness and loneliness of the desert in a very tense scene that both strikes awe at the creation (much like the demon watching the shooting star) and fear of that very creation (for it can cause death). Garcia and his team also smartly sidestep all the period things that can make a film look too much like dress-up playtime as opposed to biblical times. The props and production design are minimal, the wardrobe is perfectly tattered and weathered, and the score by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans ('Enemy') is of a nondescript period and only swoops in occasionally. And McGregor’s teeth have the proper yellowness (is it only me who’s been bothered by the perfect pearly whites of Jesus and his Apostles in so many films?)."
Brian Formo, Collider
"Yet Garcia has touched upon something stirring and true here, and he’s risen to the occasion with perhaps the most singularly gorgeous piece of filmmaking of his career. Making especially noteworthy contributions are the composing team of Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, whose lovely string orchestrations frequently punctuate the long silences, and editor Matt Maddox, at times segmenting the narrative with a few stately fades to black."
Justin Chang, Variety

"The unusual score by Danny Densi and Saunder Jurriaans employs just a simple use of a few strings."
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter


Screenings of older films, at the following L.A. movie theaters: AMPASAmerican Cinematheque: AeroAmerican Cinematheque: EgyptianArclightLACMALaemmleNew BeverlyNuart and UCLA.

April 13
THE BLUE DAHLIA (Victor Young), I LOVE TROUBLE [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (Harry Manfredini) [Nuart]
ROSEMARY'S BABY (Christopher Komeda) [Laemmle Ahyra Fine Arts]

April 14
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (Jerry Goldsmith) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

April 15
KISS ME DEADLY (Frank DeVol), CITY OF FEAR (Jerry Goldsmith) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

April 16
DARK CITY (Franz Waxman), ARMORED CAR ROBBERY (C. Bakaleinikoff) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

April 17
HE WALKED BY NIGHT (Leonid Raab), DOWN THREE DARK STREETS (Paul Sawtell) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
HOUSE OF WAX (David Buttolph) [LACMA]

April 18
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo) [Laemmle Royal]
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo) [Laemmle Town Center 5]
DRAGNET (Walter Schumann, Nathan Scott), LOOPHOLE (Paul Dunlap) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
LA CHINOISE [Cinematheque: Aero]

April 19
THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE (Jerry Goldsmith) [Cinematheque: Aero]
CARRIE (Pino Donaggio) [Laemmle NoHo]
THE TURNING POINT (Irvin Talbot), THE SCARLET HOUR (Leith Stevens) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

April 20
THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (Don Peake, Graeme Revell), THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW (Brad Fiedel) [Cinematheque: Aero]
PITFALL (Louis Forbes), JEALOUSY (Hanns Eisler) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
THE TERMINATOR (Brad Fiedel) [Nuart]

April 21
BREATHLESS (Martial Solal), BAND OF OUTSIDERS (Michel Legrand) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE HOLY GIRL (Andres Gerszenzon) [UCLA]
THE PROWLER (Lyn Murray), M (Michel Michelet), THE BIG NIGHT (Lyn Murray) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

April 22
ACT OF VIOLENCE (Bronislau Kaper), NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (Victor Young) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
GRAND HOTEL [Cinematheque: Aero]

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