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Series Ticket (4) Lectures
Founding Partner / Creative Director at Mecanoo, Delft, The Netherlands
People, Place, Purpose, High-profile Designs in The Netherlands and Elsewhere
Assistant Vice President at Sotheby’s Inc., in Philadelphia
The State of the Art Market: Current Trends
Don Saff, Ph.D.
Artistic Director of ROCI, Director of Saff Tech Arts and former Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Robert Rauschenberg and the ROCI Artworks
Magnificent Movie Music II The Sequel
Presented by Dr. Rachel Franklin
Dates: Thursdays, February 25, March 3, 10 & 17, 2016
Time:11am - 12:30pm
Cost: Series Ticket (4) Lectures: $90 Members
Individual Lecture Tickets: $25 Members
Welcome back to Magnificent Movie Music Part II!
The Academy Art Museum and Dr. Rachel Franklin are thrilled to present The Sequel to last spring’s wildly successful Symphony Study course on film music. Once more, we’ll delve into the hidden heartbeat of film, the score, and marvel at how our entire emotional experience is driven by our subconscious response to the music. From the very advent of talkies, composers concealed behind the screen action have subtly shaped our view of world events, national identity and personal relationships. That’s power!
Now that AAM patrons are all serious movie music buffs, we’re going to enjoy a deeper musical excursion into four much loved genres of film music: Westerns, Comedy, History and Romance. Some films belong in several categories, so don’t be surprised if your favorite historic film shows up in Romance!
February 25 - Westerns
“A Steppe is a Steppe!” (or Would You Like Beans With Your Spaghetti?)
The sons of immigrants from Eastern Europe created the mighty West in music, but this fabulous rip-roaring tradition underwent a massive cultural sea change after the arrival of Italian “Spaghetti” Westerns. The stirring scores that had traditionally accompanied John Wayne and Gary Cooper were overshadowed by strange, evocative electronic soundtracks by Ennio Morricone that reflect the radically different moral view of a lone, and distinctly less appealing ranger. Finally, the myth of the West returns in full glory, musically and culturally reminted through an Englishman’s romantic score for Dances With Wolves.
Films discussed include: High Noon, The Magnificent Seven, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and Dances With Wolves
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March 3 - Comedy
Can Music Make You Laugh?
Can film music be intrinsically funny by itself? Do we laugh at kazoos and trombones, or does the art lie in underpinning a film with irony or “Mickey Mousing” techniques? One person’s comedy is another one’s cringe. How does a composer write for cartoons or slapstick, and does a comedy score have to be actively funny at all?
Films discussed include: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Young Frankenstein, Chicken Run, and 9 to 5
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March 10 - History
Corsets, Kilts and Swashbuckles
If it’s Handel, it must be corsets. But film scores set in former times can cover the gamut from frothy pirate romances to painful ethnic conflict and colonization. They might be fictional or fairly true to history; no matter. Great composers create music that persuades us we’re experiencing history, identity and culture – but is it really all in the mind?
Films discussed include: The Madness of King George, The Mission, The Spirit of St. Louis, Braveheart, and The Sea Hawk
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March 17 - Romance
The Food of Love is a Fabulous Film Score
Two words: bring kleenex.
Films discussed include: Casablanca, Brief Encounter, Out of Africa, Romeo and Juliet, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Dr. Zhivago