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Author Hubai, Gergely, 1984-

Title Torn music : rejected film scores, a select history / by Gergely Hubai.

Published Los Angeles : Silman-James Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  781.54209 Hub    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xx, 476 pages ; 26 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary A film is finished and almost ready to make its way into theaters, but one or more of its prime movers (producer, director, studio brass) contends that it doesn't feel right. What can be almost instantaneously changed to give it a new "feel"? The last element that was added--its music! So, often regardless of whether a film actually needs a new score, a new composer is hired at the last minute to quickly replace a previous composer's often-heartfelt work. In Hollywood and around the world, scores have been rejected and replaced for every conceivable reason--style, quality, composer's name recognition, test-audience's reaction, a picture's reediting, etc. Sometimes new music improves a film; sometimes it doesn't. Such score replacements, which are more common than one might imagine, affect the work of the most famous and respected composers in the business as much as they do novice and unknown composers. In Torn Music (which takes its title from one of the most famous score replacements, the film Torn Curtain, which put an end to the long and fruitful collaboration of director Alfred Hitchcock and composer Bernard Herrmann), author Gergely Hubai presents the often strange, and sometimes wild, stories behind 300 rejected and replaced film scores from the 1930s through the 2000s. In these pages are behind-the-scenes tales about the music for popular films and forgotten films, high cinema art and lowbrow exploitation movies, as well as television programs and even a video game.
Subject Motion picture music -- History and criticism.
ISBN 9781935247050 (alk. paper)
1935247050 (alk. paper)