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 Posted:   Jun 17, 2019 - 7:53 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

It's hard to fathom why Nino Rota's beautiful music [for ROMEO AND JULIET], popular then and still popular today, was not even nominated.

An embarrassment of riches in 1968, perhaps:

The Lion In Winter - John Barry
The Fox - Lalo Schifrin
The Thomas Crown Affair - Michel Legrand
Planet of the Apes - Jerry Goldsmith
The Shoes of the Fisherman - Alex North

Which one would YOU knock out?

Also not nominated:

Once Upon a Time In the West - Ennio Morricone
Where Eagles Dare - Ron Goodwin
The Swimmer - Marvin Hamlisch
Hang 'Em High - Dominic Frontiere
The Odd Couple - Neal Hefti
The Scalphunters - Elmer Bernstein
Bullitt - Lalo Schifrin
Ice Station Zebra - Michel Legrand
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter - Dave Grusin
Dark of the Sun - Jacques Loussier
Petulia - John Barry


Some good work here, I agree. Might add Rozsa's THE POWER. For context, just a year earlier Page Cook had claimed that good film music had vanished from the earth, which gave him the chance to name CAMELOT (i.e., Alfred Newman's adaptation) as the most significant cinema music achievement of 1967.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2019 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Operatic production was paramount for most of Zeffirelli's career. This NY Times assessment summarizes today's conventional wisdom on the subject, namely, that Z. gradually declined from imaginative, colorful stagecraft to mere bloat and sensation. There are doubtless several of his productions on video, though it is doubtful whether that medium can replicate the full impact of his spectacular Met stagings. But the two photos are revealing. Turandot, which I've enjoyed, is an exotic fairy tale from Imperial China. Surely the spectacle and Chinoiserie are appropriate. But La Bohème, which I've not seen, is an intimate story of starving artists in a Parisian garret. You can see why many think Z. overdid things. Audiences, however, loved it.



https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/17/arts/music/franco-zeffirelli-dead.html?searchResultPosition=5

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2019 - 2:17 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Operatic production was paramount for most of Zeffirelli's career. This NY Times assessment summarizes today's conventional wisdom on the subject, namely, that Z. gradually declined from imaginative, colorful stagecraft to mere bloat and sensation. There are doubtless several of his productions on video, though it is doubtful whether that medium can replicate the full impact of his spectacular Met stagings. But the two photos are revealing. Turandot, which I've enjoyed, is an exotic fairy tale from Imperial China. Surely the spectacle and Chinoiserie are appropriate. But La Bohème, which I've not seen, is an intimate story of starving artists in a Parisian garret. You can see why many think Z. overdid things. Audiences, however, loved it.



https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/17/arts/music/franco-zeffirelli-dead.html?searchResultPosition=5


I think there's a line in a Lina Wertmuller film in which one character scorns another with, "Your idea of poverty is living in a garret designed by Zeffirelli!"

 
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