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 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   chromaparadise   (Member)

Jerry Goldsmith / Franklin J. Schaffner

John Williams / Steven Spielberg

John Williams / Oliver Stone

Bernard Herrmann / Alfred Hitchcock

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   brofax   (Member)

My favourite score of the last 10 years or so is 'BAARIA'

I couldn't agree more with you. I rate this one right up there with his best - I even grew to love that long opening track he put on the CD that some didn't like, LOL.

 Posted:   Jun 9, 2014 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   trstnvnk   (Member)

...StarShip Troopers, which I think of as one of the most perfect scores ever written -- it serves the double or rather triple layers in the film so darn well.

Exactly! I remain in awe of what a perfect score Poledouris wrote for a film as tricky as Starship Troopers. Too heavy on the satire or too heavy on the gravitas and the music might have made a farce of what Starship Troopers was aiming to be. Somehow, Poledouris managed to strike just the perfect note.

And yet I still wonder what Goldsmith would have done with Starship Troopers

Anyway my fave collaborations:


 Posted:   Jun 10, 2014 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Another collaboration I've enjoyed is

Tom Tykwer/Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil and Tykwer

Lola Rennt, Perfume and Cloud Atlas have very difference scores, but all are as enjoyable as the films they grace.

 Posted:   Jun 10, 2014 - 1:20 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

A more interesting question is, do such collaborations help or hinder creativity?

People get typecast.... which negates their versatility.

Also, obviously a director may have a good working relationship with a particular artist, BUT does that preclude the chances of other, newer composers getting a chance? It's a question.

The director who uses the same composer in many projects is singing the song of verstility, admitting that one composer can do many things. So far so good, a blow against typecasting. But on the other hand, such a director does limit the chances on any one project, maybe typecasting himSELF. .

I'm going to say Rozsa and Wilder just because no-one else has. I'm not entirely convinced it's an artistic decision nowadays.

 Posted:   Jun 11, 2014 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

Although, as this post indicates, there have been a lot of great director/composer collaborations, it seems to me no composer has ever been more essential to musically completing a director's worldview than Nino Rota for Fellini. When people recall Fellini's films, or use the term Fellini-esque to describe someone else's work, they're not just thinking of his incredible images but also the sound of the films and Rota's perfect blend of jazz and circus music that so expertly complements those visuals.

 Posted:   Jun 11, 2014 - 7:03 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

And as long as I'm posting in this thread, how many director-composer collaborations extended beyond films? I know Mancini and Edwards worked together in television and Williams scored some episodes of Amazing Stories. And, of course, perhaps most famously Bernard Herrmann and Orson Welles collaborated on radio before going into films.

 Posted:   Jun 11, 2014 - 8:29 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)


 Posted:   Jun 11, 2014 - 9:04 PM   
 By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

Jerry Goldsmith: Schaffner, Dante, all Directors

Herrmann: Hitchcock

My least favorite: Williams/Speilberg

 Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   Mathias   (Member)

Ouch, that's a tough one, Thomas. Morricone collabs are tops with me but he has so many - and how many scores are required to constitute a collab?

It's impossible to imagine any Leone or Tornatore without Ennio. There is such a meeting of minds there in both cases.

If I had to choose just one and one only, the Leone's would just pip it. If Leone had lived we probably would have had maybe another 4/5 classics.

I agree with what you say about the relationship with Leone and it's a great shame we didn't get even another one or two films and scores. Good to see some more appreciation for the Tornatore collaboration. I chose that as my personal favourite as I adore his films, he's probably my favourite filmmaker and the music adds so much to them. My favourite score of the last 10 years or so is 'BAARIA' and I love the film as well, despite some faults with it. Also worth checking out is last year's 'La Migliore Offerta' (The Best Offer), another fine film from Tornatore and a really good score.

Tornatore/Morricone for me as well!
Thomas, have you heard Ennio´s music for Gli occhiali d´oro? Since you like his music for Tornatore and also is a fan of John Barry I believe it´s music you should like.


 Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   Mathias   (Member)

Double post


 Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Kenneth Branagh and Patrick Doyle and others that have already been mentioned.

 Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Rota / Fellini,
nothing else, not even Herrmann/Hitchcock or Fielding/Peckinpah compares to this.

 Posted:   Jun 22, 2014 - 10:49 PM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)


 Posted:   Jun 22, 2014 - 11:38 PM   
 By:   nerfTractor   (Member)

Oliver Stone / John Williams was awfully nice for a while there

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 12:28 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

And as long as I'm posting in this thread, how many director-composer collaborations extended beyond films? I know Mancini and Edwards worked together in television and Williams scored some episodes of Amazing Stories.

Goldsmith and Schaffner first worked together in TV, and where Robert Zemeckis went in television Alan Silvestri usually followed, viz. Amazing Stories (which also had Goldsmith/Dante and Niehaus/Eastwood teamups) and Tales From The Crypt (which also had one of the various Ry Cooder/Walter Hill collabs).

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 1:56 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I remember reading an interview with John Frankenheimer in the old MediaScene Prevue magazine about The Challenge and he joked that he and Goldsmith had worked so often together in TV, that for this film he didn't say anything to him, they just looked at each other.

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 3:03 AM   
 By:   damien thorne   (Member)

Jerry Goldsmith / Franklin J. Schaffner
Jerry Goldsmith / Joe Dante
Alexandre Desplat / Roman Polanski
Georges Delerue / Francois Truffaut
Michel Legrand / Jacques Demy
Michael Giacchino / J.J. Abrams

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 4:08 AM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)

Clarence Brown/Herbert Stothart

Stothart also provided most of the music for MGM in the golden years, including for directors Albert Lewin, Robert Z. Leonard, Tay Garnett, George Cukor, WS vanDyke, Sidney Franklin and others.

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 4:35 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Another worthy collaboration is that between Rolfe Kent and Alexander Payne - notably About Schmidt, but stemming from TV work into films. I understand that Payne sometimes directs scenes around the music.

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