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New Sound in Cinema (05:30)


Social and political change occurs throughout the world in the 1950s, creating a new type of movie culture. Jazz begins appearing in film scores including "A Street Car Named Desire" and "On the Waterfront."

Jazz in Film Scores (04:45)

Miles Davis' score for "Elevator to the Gallows" causes a revolution; Davis meets Louis Malle. Duke Ellington creates the score for "Anatomy of a Murder."

Bernard Herrmann (08:36)

Herrmann transforms orchestral techniques. He joins CBS Radio and meets Orson Welles. Herrmann creates the score for "Citizen Cane" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still," and partners with Alfred Hitchcock on seven films.

Franz Waxman (04:34)

Experts consider Waxman's score for "Sunset Boulevard" his finest work. Waxman creates the score for "Rear Window."

Dimitri Tiomkin (10:15)

Tiomkin attends St. Petersburg Conservatory; he flees the Soviet Union in the 1920s. Tiomkin creates B-level scores before working with Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, and George Stevens on several films including "Lost Horizon," "Strangers on a Train," "High Noon," "Dial M For Murder," and "Giant."

Victor Young (06:45)

Young attends Warsaw Imperial Conservatory and eventually works with Sid Grauman in film orchestra. He begins composing and creates scores for "The Quiet Man," "Shane," and "Around the World in 80 Days." Young dies in 1956.

"North by Northwest" (05:29)

Many believe Herrmann's score for the 1959 film is his most exciting work. Film score elements dramatically change in the 1950s, creating new oral landscapes.

Credits: Episode 4: 1950s - A New Dawn (00:44)

Credits: Episode 4: 1950s - A New Dawn

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Episode 4: 1950s - A New Dawn

Part of the Series : Great Film Composers: Music of the Movies
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The New Dawn saw the arrival of new influences in movie making and new music in the form of Jazz center stage in the compositions with established Jazz greats Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock scoring films along with new players Bernard Herrmann, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Victor Young. The films had a new sound—A Streetcar Named Desire, Lift to the Scaffold, Sunset Boulevard, Rear Window, Anatomy of Murder and On the Waterfront. Along with classics North by Northwest & Vertigo, Shane, High Noon, Giant, Strangers on A Train, Dial M for Murder, and Around the World in Eighty Days.

Length: 47 minutes

Item#: BVL204705

ISBN: 978-1-64867-783-0

Copyright date: ©2020

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