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(3737) 7.5 93 min 2016

Score: A Film Music Documentary is a movie starring Marco Beltrami, Jon Burlingame, and Leonard Maltin. A look at the cinematic art of the film musical score, and the artists who create them.

Starring
Bill Field, Jon Burlingame, Leonard Maltin, Marco Beltrami
Genres
Music, Documentary
Director
Matt Schrader

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Music, Documentary
Director Matt Schrader
Writer Matt Schrader
Stars Bill Field, Jon Burlingame, Leonard Maltin, Marco Beltrami
Country USA
Also Known As Score - elokuvamusiikin mestarit, Filmmusikkens mestere, Score: Compositores de Oscar, すばらしき映画音楽たち, Filmimuusika - heli põimumine pildiga, Score - Eine Geschichte der Filmmusik, Score - den ultimata filmmusiken, Score - muzyka filmowa, La partitura de cine
Runtime 1H 33M
Description The work of the movie music composer is featured, and the importance of their work within the overall fabric of the movie highlighted, the composer often described as being just like another screenwriter in advancing the movie story. Some iconic movie theme music has moved into the realm of general culture. Landmark scores for specific movies mark turning points in the way composers in general have approached movie scoring. The science of the effect of movie music is discussed from a psychologist's perspective. The work of key film composers are highlighted. The advance of of technology and changing musical tastes have also affected the approach to movie scoring over time. Some composers talk about the reason they either do or do not take on the associated role of conductor. The hijacking of movie scores for other uses, sometimes without the consent of the composer, is discussed. And the move from other roles within the music industry into film scorer is discussed.

Top reviews

Friday, 26 Jun 2020 11:49

It's a sad reality that all the great music of the last century has been lost in the last twenty years or so. A film critic and music critic review the music of their favorite singers and the things that make their songs great and what their fans would say if they were in their situation. It's an entertaining documentary and it does a good job of telling the story. However, there are some glaring omissions. First, we only hear about Black Sabbath, the Beatles, R.E.M., Elton John, and Brian Wilson. Of course, I'm not trying to blame the director or anyone else on that one. But it's too bad. I had a feeling that they wouldn't tell us a thing about Kurt Cobain's music. Not just that. There's no mention of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Neither are we given any information about the rise and fall of the Rolling Stones. In fact, we only get a clip from one of their concerts. Also, I'd like to see a discussion of what would it take to become a popular musician in the 1960s. Maybe a question-and-answer session would be a good way to get at that. The director says, "The music scene was pretty loose. It was, at least, chaotic." That's a good point, but what about the working class? The working class was raving about the Beatles, the Stones, and the Byrds. Yet, the first Rolling Stones song they ever heard was a disco song from Paris. What about the working class of the 1950s? And, did anyone ever tell them that they should have listened to country music? A few brief, but very poignant, passages about David Bowie would have been nice. In fact, it would have been great if they had given him a shout out at the end. The truth is, I'm glad I watched it. I want to know more about the people who made the music that was so important to me and I want to know more about those who lived to tell about it. I hope the next film will do a better job of informing us.
Monday, 08 Jun 2020 17:59

There have been some fantastic documentaries about the jazz industry, like 'Intervention', 'When Jammin' in the Heart', 'Zabriskie Point', and 'Dead Man Walking'. The music documentaries do not get much better than this, with the exception of 'The Joy of Music' with Paul Butterfield. While this film is a masterpiece, it is not a great film, nor is it a great documentary. There are good reasons for this, one being the heavy-handed nature of some of the subjects. There is no real voice of reason or courage in these people's lives. The subject matter is depressing, and the documentary lacks the spirit that great documentaries have. However, I do feel that the subject matter is powerful, and I can't recommend this documentary enough. It is inspirational, and it is a documentary, but it is also a powerful one. I will not try to explain this documentary. It is best to watch it yourself, and learn from it, but I would also suggest you read the book on the subject, 'Born to Jam' by Alex Jackson, and it will be very helpful in understanding the message in this documentary. Overall, I would recommend this film to any jazz fan, but not for those who are looking for a documentary about jazz, or for those who are expecting a great film about jazz. This is a great documentary, and it's one of the best documentaries about jazz I have ever seen. The subjects are depressing, but they have something to tell us, and that is a powerful message. This is a great documentary, and it is one of the best documentaries about jazz I have ever seen.
Friday, 29 May 2020 06:40

I finally finished watching this DVD and I was extremely surprised. I don't know if I've ever seen a film this thorough and in depth. It's a wonderful film and it will definitely make you think. It does an amazing job of painting a very distinct picture of the pop culture of the early 80's. There's a lot of great interviews with performers and their history with the music and the music industry. It is very informative and as a documentary it is very well done. However, I think it could've been a lot more detailed, there were just so many things I didn't understand. It was like I wasn't sure if it was going to be a documentary, a rock-star-interview, a music video, a documentary or a concert footage. I know the majority of the interviews were concert footage but I can see the group was making the music videos, especially the clips were really great. I think the film had a lot of amazing behind-the-scenes footage but I couldn't quite understand the key facts of the interviews. I was lost in the interviews. In the interview section, I was sure I knew the gist of the interview but I couldn't quite understand it and it was hard to follow. I felt like I had a lot of really interesting questions but I didn't have the answers. The music videos are amazing. The interviews with the musicians were great. The interview with the band members were extremely well done. I could really see that they were extremely passionate about their music and felt a sense of joy when they performed. The interviews with the musicians seemed to flow very well and they showed a lot of emotion. All of the music video interviews were amazing. I didn't understand the trivia question on the DVD and it was hard to follow. They did an excellent job of showing the footage. The film was very well done and it really was informative. However, I felt like it could've been more extensive. It is very difficult to understand certain facts of the interviews. I think it would've been better to have a few more interviews so I could understand the finer points of what they were saying. Overall, I think this is a really great film. It is interesting and is a very detailed documentary of the music industry of the 80's. It's very well done but it could have been better. I think it was a great documentary and it is worth watching. I definitely recommend it.
Saturday, 23 May 2020 19:12

Music by Buddy Rich. The first half of the documentary, with "Stereotyping and Politics," is very entertaining. I found it well-paced, a lot of fun to watch, and definitely makes you wonder what the hell would make these musicians think this is a good idea for the next album. The second half, with "Dance Troubadours," has a great rhythm to it, but a very dramatic ending, and it's too long. The music from the band has a very obvious, beatless quality, and I think it's the worst piece of music I've ever heard. It's all very shallow. Also, after about 40 minutes, the film is almost over. A lot of the interviews with Buddy Rich are very strange, and I didn't really care for the story line. I don't really like the use of both his own songs and the music of Buddy Rich, but it's not really necessary, and I don't understand why the director chose to do this. It would have been better to do interviews with Buddy Rich, or even some of his peers, or some of the band members, who all have opinions about music. This documentary does try to say that Buddy Rich is not a good person, and that he's had a bad childhood. It is a depressing documentary. Also, the content is very raunchy and the documentary doesn't really show the real problems with drug abuse. A lot of people in the documentary are very big fans of the music, and it shows the type of personality that the musician possesses. But, this documentary is not really meant for you. It's really good for the music fans, but you need to be able to stand in the middle of the road, to understand the story of Buddy Rich. Also, the film has very little to say about the subject of drug abuse. It's not really my cup of tea. It's very well done, though. A lot of the documentary is focused on the music, and some of the music fans are interesting to see. But the documentary is not really about Buddy Rich. I also don't like the idea of using Buddy Rich songs to showcase the music. That would have been better, and I would have appreciated a bit more background on the songwriter. I would like to have seen more about his family. He was a very private man, and his mother was very strict. So, the documentary is not for me.
Saturday, 23 May 2020 13:15

As the feature started, I really did feel a bit "off" about not having seen the actual piece of film I was about to see. Maybe it was because I knew I would be watching a documentary, and that many "major" music stars will appear, so that it might feel like I was missing something. Or maybe it was that I had a couple of reservations about how it would translate onto film. Regardless of my reservations, I was entertained by it. By the end of the feature, I did feel that it was a more complete documentary than I expected. I think what they chose to do, was very artistic. I think they chose a few things that were relatively well known, but I think they were chosen just to provide a better look at the artists involved. Like, for instance, when they showed clips of some of the bands' concerts, it was like "Oh, yeah, that's famous for these bands!" It was more like watching "classic" musicians perform on stage. In this sense, it was very artistic and well done. Another thing that I enjoyed was that the feature included a bit more than just highlights from some famous musicians. For instance, they did highlight the many different stages of one of the artists, which was a very artistic aspect. It was like seeing the stages of "Supertramp" (the band who performs "Welcome to the Jungle" in the movie) and how the band members lived in a summer house in Jamaica. The highlight of the feature was the fact that they did mention that most of the films they would be showing on the feature was based on interviews with the artists themselves. For instance, in the feature, they do mention that the movie "The Backstreet Boys: The Making of a Musical" features interviews with several of the artists. I enjoyed this because I feel like I had a better look at the actual music and the songs. When you are listening to the music, it's much easier to understand the lyrics. I think that they did a really good job with that aspect of the feature. As a whole, I think this was a very enjoyable feature. I think they did a good job with the songs and the performances of the artists, but it also covers a lot of the interesting aspects about the music. I think that a lot of the people who may be looking for a complete and full documentary on the music industry, would be very disappointed with this feature. However, if you enjoy the music and the stages of the artists, I think that this is a very good documentary to view. Overall: 7/10
Saturday, 02 May 2020 14:45

This is a film based on the documentary album of the legendary London-based rock band. I've read some of the other comments, and everyone seems to be comparing this to the likes of Joy Division and the Clash. That's not quite right, as the bands were two distinct eras - Joy Division's early 90's heyday, then the Clash's 90's peak, with an overlap period in between (if you can call it that). Here you can see the influence of both groups - Joy Division had much to do with the latter, the Clash on the former. The documentary provides a look back at the band, as well as some behind the scenes footage, and interviews with the band members. Each band member gives an overview of their career in brief, so if you're interested in seeing more, you can read up on the bands and see more. I would compare this film to an overview of the band's history, which gives a lot of information, but lacks the depth of a documentary. The interviews were interesting, but not quite as engaging as the actual band's history. This is the main reason I didn't rate this film any higher than a 7. It's not the best I've seen, and I definitely wouldn't mind seeing more of the band. Still, it's a well made film. The music is still the strongest element of the film, and I was particularly impressed with the band members discussing and exploring some of their influences and musical passions. I'd recommend this to fans of the band and the band's history, and I can't wait to see the next chapter of the band's history.
Friday, 03 Apr 2020 07:52

A good film documentary. Each point of view is covered in a really nice way. Some of the points of view that were most interesting to me were: the effect the music has on the public perception of an artist, the use of artists in advertising, the use of video/sound clips in advertising, the commercialization of music, the use of music as a medium in advertising and music in the film industry, how the film industry responds to the financial boom. It was interesting to hear people's opinions on those topics. I had a few problems with the film. First of all, there are a few points that are very far fetched. There are many small details that really don't add up and seem to be out of place. Examples would be the close ups of the author and actor's face and the reason behind the interviews being done. One point in the film that seemed to be ignored was the use of the concept of montage. It is a very important tool in film and it was used very well in this film. I don't understand why a point was made about the use of montage in music videos, but I guess it's because music is a big part of it. It would have been much more interesting to hear the other opinions on that subject. The other point I had with the film was that the directors didn't explain enough what was going on. I think there could have been a lot more information on the concept of montage, but the filmmakers did a good job at explaining it. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who has a passion for art. It was a very nice documentary that made me more interested in art.


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