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Insightful ‘SCORE’ profiles the people making music for the movies

 

The next time you’re flipping around with the remote and you come across the opening scene in “Jaws,” when the girl goes skinny-dipping on the beach and feels a tug from below …

 

Or the scene in “E.T.” where the bicycling boys elevate above the police blockade and fly through the sky, profiled against the setting sun …

 

Or the moment in “Psycho” when Norman Bates pulls back that shower curtain and starts hacking away …

 

Hit “mute.” Lose the music. Experience how much of the dramatic power is drained from the moment.

 

Matt Schrader’s documentary “Score: A Film Music Documentary” is a celebration of the artists who create the musical heartbeat of the movies we love, from “Star Wars” to “Rocky,” from the James Bond movies to Clint Eastwood’s Spaghetti Westerns, from “Superman” to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

 

Through conversations with filmmakers and composers, archival footage of old interviews and of course a liberal dose of clips, Schrader celebrates the invaluable contributions of the greats, including Bernard Herrmann (“The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “Psycho,” “Vertigo”), Alex North (“A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Spartacus”), Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King,” “Gladiator,” the “Dark Knight” trilogy) and of course John Williams, whose work is ingrained in the consciousness of virtually every moviegoer of the last half-century.

 

Continue reading this review at Chicago Sun-Times.

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