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.

Picture Perfect is made possible in part by the support Joseph Rice and Rice Insurance Agency.

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. 

A "Picture Perfect" Oscar Party: March 2

Mar 1, 2018

Mark the 90th anniversary of the Academy Awards by joining us for a special three-hour broadcast celebrating the history of music in the movies.  Ross Amico will share selections from all five of this year’s nominees for Best Original Score, alongside music from some of the best-loved and most-honored movies of all time – including “The Godfather,” “Star Wars,” “Titanic,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Ben-Hur,” and “Gone with the Wind.”  You provide the popcorn; Ross will provide the music, this Friday from 4 to 7 pm.

Get yourself free, with music from films about prison breaks. Indomitable Steve McQueen does hard time on Devil’s Island in “Papillon” (Jerry Goldsmith); Paul Newman sticks it to The Man in “Cool Hand Luke” (Lalo Schifrin); Tim Robbins makes good use of a Rita Hayworth poster in “The Shawshank Redemption” (Thomas Newman); and an all-star cast, led by a barbed-wire hopping McQueen (again), flee their Nazi captors in “The Great Escape” (Elmer Bernstein).  Face it, nobody looks good in orange. Grab a shank and a file, this Friday at 6 pm. 

“The Gilded Age” was a term coined by Mark Twain to describe the era extending roughly from the end of Reconstruction to the turn of the 20th century. We’ll hear music from “The Heiress” (Aaron Copland), inspired by Henry James’ “Washington Square;” “The Age of Innocence” (Elmer Bernstein), after Edith Wharton; “The Magnificent Ambersons” (Bernard Herrmann), adapted from the novel by Booth Tarkington; and “Mr. Skeffington” (Franz Waxman), after Elizabeth von Arnim.  All that glitters is not gold.  We peel back the veneer of prosperity, this Friday at 6 pm.

Picture Perfect: February 9 - Olympic Fever

Feb 9, 2018

Nevermind the flu – we’ve got ourselves a case of Olympic Fever!  In honor of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, we’ll hear ceremonial music, heard during opening ceremonies and television broadcasts, by film composers Leo Arnaud, Angelo Badalamenti, Basil Poledouris, and John Williams, and a suite from a score written for a documentary on the games by Lee Holdridge.  We’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is Olympic music, this Friday at 6 pm. 

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