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Animagus
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...at the age of 82, at his home in Ojai. The composer of the score for "The Black Cauldron". This film was released a year after "Ghostbusters", another on of his (also, "The Ten Commandments", "To Kill A Mockingbird"). Another great composer who (like Mr. Goldsmith),continued doing what he loved to the very end (he scored 2002's "Far From Heaven", and I understand his "Magnificent Seven" music is featured in "Farenheit 911). Anyone else have any memories?

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Barak
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Very sad, indeed. "Man With The Golden Arm" was probably his best soundtrack, and was the first major Hollywood film to utilize jazz as a major component (not just a background element) in it's score. I'm gonna listen to it (again) right now.

R.I.P.

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Barak
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And them I'm gonna listen to "To Kill A Mockingbird."
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Animagus
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All of a sudden, my avatar makes sense.

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Why do none of his obits mention ROBOT MONSTER?
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Doodles
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Would you want a flick that notorious mentioned on your obituary? [biggrin]
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Mr. Fun
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Like so many talented individuals, Elmer Bernstein continued to surprise me. His film scores were brilliant, and he was always ready to try something new whenever he found himself in a rut. I became a fan of his thirty years ago because I truly love film scores. The guy could do it all. From the rousing "Magnificent Seven" to the quiet, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Guys like Bernstein and Goldsmith proved you didn't have to be young to be creative. They continued doing excellent work to the very end. Some of our "youth obsessed" producers might take note.

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droosan
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My favorites were his 'comedy' scores, especially AIRPLANE!, STRIPES, and GHOSTBUSTERS. [Smile]

Probably because, taken on their own, they didn't sound comic.. but rather, like a 'serious' genre score .. which actually helped accentuate the comedy in those films. Genius. [Big Grin]

His 'western' scores were incredible; particularly THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. [bow]

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Andy Blazdell
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Yeah, the orchestral stuff on the Ghostbusters soundtrack are among my all-time film score favourites.

Okay, that's it, no more composers die this year, or I'm going to get really p*ssed off... [Mad]

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sancho
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I agree completely.
GHOSTBUSTERS is a brilliant score.

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Codrick
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If only it were a better movie...it doesn't hold up so well.

Great interview with Elmer Bernstein here:

http://freshair.npr.org/day_fa.jhtml;jsessionid=24JVNXGPDGE1BLA5AINSFFA?todayDate=current

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Andy Blazdell
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quote:
If only it were a better movie...it doesn't hold up so well.
Ghostbusters, for me, held the funniest performances of their careers by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis - and there hasn't really been a film that worked so well in that genre since.

But anyway, this is Elmer's thread, and whatever you think about the film, his score rocked for a lot of people. [thumbsup]

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SquarejawHero
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Ghostbusters had an amazing score. It's one of my favourite films ever, actually - it is my favourite! What's wrong with it anyway?

Anyway, Mr Berstein had a long, remarkable and illustrious career and has left behind a marvellous legacy. I'm sure wherever he is now, he's proud that he'll forever be remembered.

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Codrick
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ghostbusters is a slapdash and sloppy film with intermittant bits of mild humor. Believe me, I am fully aware I'm in the minority on this (at least on this site). I like Bill Murray, but what a waste in this film. Ivan Reitman is a really lazy director.

BUT--even Elmer Bernstein slummed. While not one of his noteworthy scores, there are plenty of worse ones out there (like virtually anything by alan silvestri).

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Russian Judge
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The awful part is, how do you know what a film composer does? There aren't very many film soundtracks released any more, which contain the actual composed music of the film. You DO get compilations of the pop songs from the film - most of them shoved into the screenplay or the end credits, so indifferent music acts can say "Yeah, my song is in 'Alien vs. Predator.'"

As a result, the art of the film soundtrack is becoming lost. As a kid I used to love the John Barry soundtracks for the James Bond films. Listening to them made me feel like I was in the movie. Now, the soundtracks are a bunch of lousy pop music, which only makes me feel I was listening to a top 40 radio station.

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eboles
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I don't fully agree with you about the art being lost, but in a lot of films I've seen lately, the power of the music seems to get polluted with loud sound effects. Then there seems to be the pressure to find a place in the movie for the pop songs, which does not always turn out the best. I guess you have a point. There's also quite a few orchestral scores out there that are just really blah. I can't think of the last modern film score that really struck me as particularly distinctive. Amelie was pretty good, but that's a while ago, and I've grown bored of it since.
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