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This week's Culture Gabfest comes to you from New York Public Radio’s The Greene Space where the Gabfesters team up with David Garland, host of WQXR’s Movies on the Radio, for a joint live show. Our critics first discuss Moonrise Kingdom and how Wes Anderson uses music in his movies. They then provide a music-in-the-movies master class featuring clips from several films and discussion about their scores. Finally, our critics reach the Academy Award-winning film composer Howard Shore in New Zealand via Skype to ask him about his creative process and his work on The Hobbit, Return of the King, Crash, Hugo, and more.
You can also view the live show in its entirety at WQXR.
Here are some of the film clips we discussed in this week’s show:
5. Torn Curtain
You can watch Gromek's death scene here.
And here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
- Wes Anderson’s movies Rushmore and Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Slate’s Wes Anderson Bingo!
- Two movies that feature young love, A Little Romance and The Blue Lagoon
- Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”
- The firing of the Jets’ offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer
- The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me”
- David Carbonara’s scoring of Mad Men
- The film composers Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone, Max Steiner, John Williams and Mark Knopfler
- The 1933 movie King Kong
- “Mickey Mousing,” the technique of syncing music to on-screen action
- The use of diegetic and nondiegetic sound in film
- The 1959 movie Anatomy of a Murder
- The forthcoming David Cronenberg movie, Cosmopolis, scored by Howard Shore
- 1993’s M. Butterfly, also scored by Howard Shore
- Stephen’s remembrance of Paul Fussell for Slate
Outro: tUnE-yArDs’ “Bizness”
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