Sound of Cinema: The Music that Made the Movies is a Documentary programme.

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Sound of Cinema: The Music that Made the Movies

In a series celebrating the art of the cinema soundtrack, Neil Brand explores the work of the great movie composers and demonstrates their techniques. Neil begins by looking at how the classic orchestral film score emerged and why it's still going strong today. He traces how, in the 1930s, European-born composers such as Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold brought their Viennese training to play in stirring, romantic scores for Hollywood masterpieces like King Kong and The Adventures of Robin Hood. But it took a home-grown American talent, Bernard Herrmann, to bring a darker, more modern sound to some of cinema's finest films with his scores for Citizen Kane, Psycho and Taxi Driver. Among those Neil meets are leading film-makers and composers who discuss their work, including Martin Scorsese and Hans Zimmer, composer of blockbusters like Gladiator and Inception. episode 1.

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is Sound of Cinema: The Music that Made the Movies next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 October 22nd, 1:20am and on BBC 4 October 29th, 12:30am. See more...