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« on: Aug 19, 2004, 08:40AM »

It was announced this morning that Elmer Bernstein passed away in his sleep at the age of 82.

He was responsible for such scores as

  • "The Man With The Golden Arm"
  • “Some Came Running,”
  • “Birdman of Alcatraz,”
  • “The Great Escape,”
  • “Hawaii,”
  • “The Great Santini,”
  • “Cast a Giant Shadow,”
  • “My Left Foot,”
  • “A River Runs Through It,”
  • “Devil in a Blue Dress”
  • “The Age of Innocence.”
  • “The Ten Commandments,”
  • “The Magnificent Seven,”
  • “To Kill a Mockingbird,”
  • “The Great Escape”
  • “True Grit”
  • “National Lampoon's Animal House,”
  • “Airplane!,”
  • “Stripes,”
  • “Meatballs,”
  • “Ghostbusters,”
  • “Trading Places” and
  • “The Rainmaker.”


My introduction to his writing was in "The Man With The Golden Arm", a fantastic bit of writing that captured the entire feeling of the movie.

“Film music, properly done, should give the film a kind of emotional rail on which to ride,” Bernstein told The Associated Press in a 2001 interview. “Without even realizing that you’re listening to music that’s doing something to your emotions, you will have an emotional experience.”

“It’s one thing to write music that reinforces a film, underscores it — the traditional sense of stressing, underlining — or gives it added dramatic muscle,” director Martin Scorsese once said. “It’s entirely another to write music that graces a film. That’s what Elmer Bernstein does, and that, for me, is his greatest gift.”

Amen.
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