Carter Burwell’s music for the Coen Brothers’ film True Grit turns its back on the legacy of film composer Ennio Morricone, whose scores for Sergio Leone’s “spaghetti Westerns” set the tone for genre's post-60s films. We’ll talk with Burwell about True Grit’s unlikely inspiration. And we’ll get a look at how the film fits into the canon of Westerns with Kathryn Kalinak, author of the book How the West Was Sung.
At this Sunday's Academy Awards, the nominees for Best Original Score run the gamut: from the quirky and offbeat score for “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” to an elaborate electronic and orchestral mosaic for “Avatar” to the haunting, atmospheric textures in “The Hurt Locker.” Joining us to walk us through the five ...
Just as Hollywood's latest crop of Westerns take a revisionist view of frontier life, their musical scores sound incredibly different from those of the classics of the 50s and 60s. Today, we look at the changing sound of the Western with Jon Burlingame, a film music historian who teaches at ...
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