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 Posted:   May 17, 2019 - 3:37 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

http://musicadecineblog.com/2016/11/29/interview-michael-j-lewis/

Michael J Lewis talks extensively about THEATRE OF BLOOD in the interview linked to above. He's talked about that movie a lot, so it might or might not be the source of what Zardoz spoketh of.

Jehannum - Stop knocking your head against a brick wall about serious matters over t'other side. There's still a lorra lorra laughs to be had there, but here is where you'll get the real deal info, squabbling - and the odd laugh into the bargain. Still, you shouldn't have missed this thread when you used to frequent this side - it's from more than six years ago.

I went to Michael J Lewis' website, and there's a picture of him in a big cowboy hat. He was in Austin, Texas until 2015 doing Central Texas honky-tonk, two step, triple step and country waltz. Doesn't sound up my street at all, but as long as he's happy. Now based in Mississippi he's into blues, gospel, and New Orleans stuff in general. My initial reaction is that it's very far removed from his earlier film music (although 92 IN THE SHADE could be seen as being an ominous forewarning). Has a (film) composer ever undergone such a radical (life) change? So yes, perhaps you can take the boyo out of Wales AND the Wales out of the boyo.

Back to THEATRE OF BLOOD for a mo - I keep reading that some of it was temped with parts of his JULIUS CAESAR and MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT, and I was perhaps wrongly inferring that that's the reason that ToB is "so Michael J Lewis". Yeah, that doesn't look so great now I've typed it out. What I'm getting at is that the MJL score which for me most resembles THEATRE OF BLOOD throughout is his really marvellous UNMAN, WITTERING AND ZYGO. If you like THEATRE OF BLOOD, you'll love that score. On CD it's unfortunately paired with THE NAKED FACE, which is horrendous.

All in my admittedly not-very-humble opinion! Just trying to put a spark of life into things.

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2019 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I went to Michael J Lewis' website, and there's a picture of him in a big cowboy hat. He was in Austin, Texas until 2015 doing Central Texas honky-tonk, two step, triple step and country waltz.

That don't prove nothing. He's got to be seen eating at a Waffle House before I pay him no never mind. Heed my words, Michael John.

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2019 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Going back to what Zardoz Spoketh a few days ago, about MJL initially not wanting to do THEATRE OF BLOOD because he thought it might be a low-grade "Hammer horror", I see that he mentions somewhere during that lengthy interview that I linked to, being asked to do a Hammer film shortly after completing THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT. He adds that he turned it down even though they wanted him to do a "piano concerto" for it. Now, I haven't looked at the timeline or anything, but I suspect that that film was CRESCENDO, which ended up being scored by Malcolm Williamson.

If that's the case I wonder if it's common knowledge. I'm very interested in all Hammer music trivia.

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2019 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

If he's now into blues, gospel, and New Orleans music, good for him. He could do a lot worse.

 
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