It is almost impossible to imagine cinema without thinking about the great soundtracks that have marked films in more than a century since their origin. These themes, often made by people who are not directly connected to the world of the seventh art, help to define much of the identity of the productions.
In other cases, directors like Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright prefer to use songs already known in their films. The fact is that a good soundtrack makes all the difference. Check out the 10 most striking soundtracks of the films below.
The pink Panther
Some people know THE pink Panther as one of the classic films of the 1960s. Others are known for animation, inspired by the opening of the film (the same as in the video above). But even those who have never seen the film or the drawings, have probably heard the soundtrack, composed by Henry Mancini. The soundtrack today is part of pop culture, but it also played a key role in the film, shaping the pace of the action and comedic scenes.
Another film marked by an extremely well-known soundtrack in pop culture, Fire Carriages he had none other than Vangelis as a composer. Known for his work in Blade Runner: The Android Hunter, from 1982, the musician had already shown his ability a year earlier, in this film about two British athletes preparing for the 1924 Olympics.
Horror films are usually remembered for tense scenes. When music stands out, it’s usually to reinforce some jump scare. But when a good director and a good composer are involved in the project, the track takes on another meaning. This is the case with the franchise Halloween, who, between good and bad films, maintains the original soundtrack with the same impact as that created in 1978 by John Carpenter, who worked as a director and composer, as well as a screenwriter and producer.
There are several reasons why the soundtrack of Indiana Jones be on that list. The main theme of the film is still today almost synonymous with an adventure trail and a reference for countless other pop culture productions. In addition, it is signed by John Williams, one of the greatest composers in cinema, who has taken the soundtrack to a new level.
Since 1962, Monty Norman’s name has been used in the film industry thanks to his powerful composition for The Satanic Dr. No. Today, almost 60 years later and with more than 20 James Bond features, the main theme remains untouched. In addition, the 007 films are characterized by tracks made by big names in music, such as Paul McCartney, Madonna, Duran Duran, Chris Cornell and Adele.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick’s filmography could illustrate various aspects of cinema, including the soundtrack. As an example of this, we can cite 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not just one of the most iconic cinema experiences, the film brought orchestrated classical music to science fiction films.
Although it does not have an original theme, the way Kubrick used the songs in his film is worthy of mention in this list, by placing spaceships and space stations in a ballet synchronized with the compositions of György Ligeti and Richard Strauss.
The Trilogy of Dollars
Like John Williams, Enio Morricone is a synonym for epic soundtracks. Known mainly for having created numerous themes for westerns, it is in the Dollars Trilogy which is your most iconic theme. The third film, Three Men in Conflict, has a composition that was even used by the Ramones at the opening of the shows.
Lord of the Rings
J.R.R.Tolkien’s work is one of the greatest epics of literature. And when Peter Jackson asked Howard Shore to create a trail capable of expressing this greatness and taking us to Middle-earth, he could not have chosen a better person. The trilogy Lord of the Rings it continues as one of the most impressive adaptations ever made, and an important part of this success is due to the masterful soundtrack.
Considered one of the best films ever made, The Godfather told a first-rate cast, a young filmmaker willing to show what he knew how to do, the creator of the book co-signing the script and a striking soundtrack. Not only for the main theme of Nino Rota (composer who also worked with important Italian filmmakers like Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Franco Zeffirelli), but for all the songs, some made by Francis Ford Coppola’s own father.
John Williams is so important to cinema that it would be impossible not to bring him back on that list. And although he has countless striking soundtracks (from shark The Schindler’s List, going through Super man and the first three films in the series Harry Potter), in Star Wars he went further.
It is safe to say that without John Williams, the success of Star Wars it would be uncertain. The quality of the franchise is intrinsically linked to themes, such as the Imperial March, the theme of Princess Leia and Han Solo, the theme of the Canteen and, of course, the theme of the Force.
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