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Thursday, January 25, 2018

AWARDS SEASON 2018
The Soundtrack As A Character And Heartbeat Of A Film


Jonny Greenwood's soundtrack, from Nonesuch Records. 

       

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Soundtracks have become critical to movies.  It wasn't in earnest until the early 1970s with Isaac Hayes's "Shaft" soundtrack that they became signatures or insignias of films.  "Saturday Night Fever".  "Grease".  The latter was a musical but even films without a music-centered emphasis have relied on soundtracks as a prerequisite and promotional selling point for the film. 

After "Footloose" in 1984 came fairly quiet patch for CD soundtracks until the late 1980s with soundtracks for films like "Dirty Dancing", "Less Than Zero" and "Do The Right Thing" and the early 1990s with "The Five Heartbeats".  Each of these soundtracks proved extremely popular. 

Now soundtracks are ubiquitious and indispensible to films and the music scores are just as critical.  In many ways these soundtracks are the personality of the film itself. 

The recent Oscar-nominated films feature some great song compilations, particularly on the "I, Tonya" soundtrack.  But it is the original scores that stamp their personalities even more deeply onto the film becoming characters themselves.  "Lady Bird", Jon Brion's score for Greta Gerwig's film, and "Phantom Thread", Jonny Greenwood's score for Paul Thomas Anderson's are distinct personalities in the films, particularly the latter.

The music by Jonny Greenwood for "Phantom Thread" is the accompanying anthem and heartbeat to the people and the fabric and material of the dresses in Mr. Anderson's film.  Mr. Greenwood's score captures the tenderness, melancholy, possibility, classicism and romance that converge in "Phantom Thread".  It is one of the best scores to adorn a movie in decades. 


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