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 Posted:   Mar 8, 2018 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I know Heitor Villa-Lobos composed some film scores; if his film music is as good as his concert music, he should be among the contenders. :-)


Here's one, from a 1936 film, THE DISCOVERY OF BRAZIL.

Marco Polo 8223551 UPN: 4-891030-235519

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2018 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

Not a film score, but it ought to be: a ballet score for The Legend of Joaquin Murieta, by Jose Luiz Dominguez of Chile. Imagine a merging of John Williams and James Horner. Incredible two-CD set on Naxos...highly recommended!

I have this and you are right; it is a wonderful piece of music.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2018 - 4:03 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Speaking of Chilean directors, how's the music situation in the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky or Patricio Guzmán? I've always liked their movies, but can't remember much of the music. THE PEARL BUTTON a couple of years ago was excellent.

Guzmán didn't use original score in some of his early works (the three volumes of The Battle of Chile), but more recently he worked with Jorge Arriagada (chilean composer, based in Paris) in Salvador Allende and the composer duet Miranda & Tobar in Nostalgia of the Light and The Pearl Button. Honestly I don't remember much about those scores, but Miranda & Tobar are prolific local composers, they do a lot of local productions. I think one of their best works is Machuca (the film had some showings around the world when it was released in 2004).

The case of Jodorowsky is more complex. He scored himself some of his earlier films (El Topo, Holy Mountain), maybe with some help. Then he used Simon Boswell in Santa Sangre. In his most recent films, he worked with his son Adan Jorodowsky (aka Adanowsky), who has a solid career as a musician (mostly alternative rock), but not really scoring films. I haven't heard those, so I don't know how it sounds.


Thanks a lot for the information!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2018 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

All you need is Goldsmith's main title to Caboblanco.....end of discussion!

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2018 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

All you need is Goldsmith's main title to Caboblanco.....end of discussion!

Well if we're cheating, then there are really so many awesome hispanic-flavored Goldsmith scores...Caboblanco is only the tip of the iceberg. smile

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2018 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

I always liked Miklos Rozsa’s score for “Green Fire” (1954).

Grace Kelly & Stewart Grainger seeking Emeralds in Columbia whilst fending off floods, avalanches, explosions and a horde of pesky bandits.

Here is the trailer......

https://youtu.be/GUnIWxQTk30

Here is a suite.....

https://youtu.be/ZceGi9jAlNQ

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2018 - 1:14 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

May I suggest a new thread for South/Latin American scores by non-South American composers, since there is clearly a lot of people who want to mention those?

I'm fascinated by the South American films and music, and wouldn't want that buried in offtopic discussions.

 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2018 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

May I suggest a new thread for South/Latin American scores by non-South American composers, since there is clearly a lot of people who want to mention those?

I'm fascinated by the South American films and music, and wouldn't want that buried in offtopic discussions.


Yes, please. Off topic posters...start your own thread.

To get back to the subject of SOUTH AMERICAN composers - this thread inspired me to order a copy of NIGHT OF THE MAYAS (the Catalyst CD with the Luis Herrera de la Fuente recording). I am much impressed and although I have not heard a lot of these real South American works, I would rate this as among the best I've heard. Everything on this CD is good (most is not film music), but the showstopper is "Night of the Mayas"...a really powerful, exciting, and original piece of music. The only Revueltas I had heard previously was "Sensemaya".

I still think Waldo de los Rios' SAVAGE PAMPAS is my choice for "best" South American film composition (by a SA composer). That score is just flat out awe-inspiring.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2018 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The major film scores of Waldo de los Rios:

Alias Gardelito (Alias Big Shot) (1961)
The Blonde from Buenos Aires (1961), with Mamie Van Doren
Savage Pampas (1966), with Robert Taylor
La residencia (The House That Screamed) (1969), with Lilli Palmer
A Town Called Bastard (1971), with Telly Savalas
Bad Man's River (1971), with James Mason, Gina Lollobrigida
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971), with Jason Robards, Herbert Lom
The Corruption of Chris Miller (1973), with Jean Seberg, Barry Stokes
Boquitas pintadas (1974)
Who Can Kill a Child? (1976), with Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome

 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2018 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

A few names not mentioned:

Lucio Godoy (Argentina - did a nice if not ground-breaking score for BLACKTHORN plus a lot of films I don't know)

Gato Barbieri (Argentina -similar to Schifrin in that he spent more time out of South America. Also not "classicaL")

Luiz Bonfa (Brazil - again, not "classical" but best known for THE GENTLE RAIN and co-writing BLACK ORPHEUS)

Eumir Deodato (Brazil - Did quite a few film scores like THE ONION FIELD, but also from the Bossa-Nova/Jazz world rather than classical)

Luis Bacalov (Argentina -briefly mentioned earlier. Made his career in Italy of course, but you can't entirely count him out. He wrote a score for at least one Argentine film SECRET OF THE ANDES, which I never saw. And he wrote a wonderful concert piece "Missa Tango", a Mass Tango-style. Can't get more Argentine than that)

 
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