Picture Perfect with Ross Amico

Friday at 6 pm

A weekly survey of film music, from the Golden Age of movies and current-day movies.

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With Father’s Day right around the corner, what better time to revisit the spaghetti western?  After all, whose Dad doesn’t like spaghetti?  We’ll sample from music for the “Dollars” Trilogy” (“A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More,” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”), composed by Ennio Morricone, and the “Sabata” Trilogy (“Sabata” and “Return of Sabata”), composed by Marcello Giombini.  Tell Dad it’s all-you-can-eat.  We’ll be piling the plates high, this Friday at 6 pm. 

With Elastigirl and family heading back to theaters next week, I thought now would be as good a time as any to get back into the “swing.”  We’ll hear selections from the sly superhero satire “The Incredibles,” for which the composer (New Jersey native Michael Giacchino) evokes the swinging espionage “sound” popularized by John Barry for the James Bond films.  Also featured will be Academy Award winning music for “Up” (also Giacchino), alongside selections from “Ice Age” (David Newman) and “The Adventures of Tintin” (John Williams).   That’s an hour of “animated” music, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was one of the great musical prodigies, a composer of operas, orchestral works, and chamber music.  Arriving in Hollywood in the 1930s, he set about revolutionizing the art of film scoring.  His music graced a number of Warner Brothers’ historical adventures, most memorably the swashbucklers of Errol Flynn.  We’ll hear selections from “The Sea Hawk” (1940), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1935), “Another Dawn” (1937), and “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938).  Put some swagger in your weekend with music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Picture Perfect: May 25 - Valor and Sacrifice

May 25, 2018

For Memorial Day, we honor the fallen, with music from cinematic meditations on the costs and consequences of war, with selections from “Glory” (James Horner), “Sergeant York” (Max Steiner), “The Deer Hunter” (Stanley Myers), and “Saving Private Ryan” (John Williams).  The music is moving; the heroes are unsung, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Head south with selections from “Green Fire” and “Crisis” (both by Miklós Rózsa), “Green Mansions” (Heitor Villa-Lobos & Bronislau Kaper), and “The Mission” (Ennio Morricone).  The exposure is all southern, with music from films set in South America, this Friday at 6 pm. 

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, revisit familiar tales learned in childhood with music from “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” (Leigh Harline), “The Company of Wolves” (George Fenton), “Puss in Boots” (Henry Jackman), and “La Belle et La Bête” (Georges Auric).  It’s an hour of once-upon-a-time and happily-ever-after, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Jerome Moross first encountered the American West on a cross-country trip in 1936.  The indelible impressions left would inform his future film and concert works.  The energetic syncopations of his native New York City bolstered an easy lyrical gift that could easily pass for genuine American folk music.  Saddle up for selections from “The Big Country,” “The Proud Rebel,” “The Valley of Gwangi,” and “The Jayhawkers.”  We breathe the open air with music of great vitality, Friday at 6 pm. 

Picture Perfect: April 27 - Love in Time of War

Apr 27, 2018

Filmmakers, and writers before them, have long realized that nothing heightens the affect of romantic passion in narrative form quite like the turbulent backdrop of war. War supplies impediments, spectacle, often tragedy – and possibly even a few Oscars.  There will be plenty of valor, nobility, and sacrifice to tug at the heart strings, with music from “Casablanca” (Max Steiner), “Doctor Zhivago” (Maurice Jarre), “The English Patient” (Gabriel Yared), and “Cyrano de Bergerac” (Dimitri Tiomkin), this Friday at 6 pm. 

A few days in advance of the surmised birthday of William Shakespeare (on April 23, 1564), the focus is on Patrick Doyle and his music composed for the films of Kenneth Branagh, including “Henry V,” “As You Like It,” “Hamlet,” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”  Sigh no more… but be you blithe and bonny, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Picture Perfect: April 13 - Metaphorical Big Cats

Apr 13, 2018

Friday the 13th!  Beware of ladders, broken mirrors, and… black cats?  We tempt fate with music from “Cat People” (Roy Webb), “The Wind and the Lion” (Jerry Goldsmith), “To Catch a Thief” (Lyn Murray), and “The Leopard” (Nino Rota).  Throw salt over your left shoulder and caution to the wind, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Picture Perfect: April 6 - The English Abroad

Apr 6, 2018

The weekend’s coming, so pack your valise for music from “Enchanted April” (Richard Rodney Bennett), “A Passage to India” (Maurice Jarre), “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (Thomas Newman) and “Around the World in 80 Days” (Victor Young).  All aboard, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Picture Perfect: March 30 - Biblical Epics

Mar 30, 2018

Religion takes a back seat to spectacle, with an hour of music from mid-century Hollywood epics, including “Samson and Delilah” (Victor Young), “Solomon and Sheba” (Mario Nascimbene), “Sodom and Gomorrah” (Miklós Rózsa), and “The Ten Commandments” (Elmer Bernstein).  Get ready to Bible-up, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Picture Perfect: March 23 - Medieval Times

Mar 23, 2018

For Early Music month, it’s a tapestry of music from movies set in the Middle Ages, including “Becket” (Laurence Rosenthal), “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (Alfred Newman), “The Warlord” (Jerome Moross), and “The Lion in Winter” (John Barry).  Barry’s score, an intriguing blend of old and new, won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1968.  There’s nothing middling about this music.  Join Ross Amico for an hour of intrigue and funny haircuts, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Picture Perfect: March 16 - St. Patrick's Day

Mar 16, 2018

It’s never too early to start celebrating.  Join Ross Amico for music from movies about Ireland, including “The Luck of the Irish” (Cyril J. Mockridge), “Angela’s Ashes” (John Williams), “Circle of Friends” (Michael Kamen), and “The Quiet Man.”  It’s an airing of the green for St. Patrick’s Day, this Friday at 6 pm. 

  

Picture Perfect: March 9 - King Arthur

Mar 9, 2018

“Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England.”  Join Ross Amico for music from movies inspired by the legends of King Arthur, as rendered by Sir Thomas Malory (Miklós Rózsa, “Knights of the Round Table”), Chrétien de Troyes (Jerry Goldsmith, “First Knight”), Marion Zimmer Bradley (Lee Holdridge, “The Mists of Avalon”), and Hal Foster (Franz Waxman, “Prince Valiant”).  It’s more than just another knight at the movies, this Friday at 6 pm. 

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