Tag Archives: Alexandre Desplat

TIFF FILM REVIEW: George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Joyless, witless and pointless, “Suburbicon” is a would-be black comedy that is simply murky and not in the least comic. It boasts some big names – director George Clooney, stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Vincent Perez’s ‘Alone in Berlin’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – For those who have not read Hans Fallada’s terrifying novel “Alone in Berlin”, Vincent Perez’s film version is probably a mildly absorbing drama about two people bucking the odds. For those who have read it, … Continue reading

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Kraków Film Music Festival: Animation Gala

By Ray Bennett KRAKÓW – Animated films tend to be filled with basic emotions that offer composers the opportunity to revel in them all from the terror of oppression to the tumult of revolt, the panic of flight to the … Continue reading

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Kraków Film Music Festival: Polanski, Desplat and Goldsmith

By Ray Bennett KRAKÓW – The plaintive trumpet solo that Jerry Goldsmith wrote for Roman Polanski’s 1974 film “Chinatown” hovered like a blessing over a concert of music from the Polish director’s movies to kick off Kraków’s annual Film Music … Continue reading

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Tearful Francis Lai acclaimed at World Soundtrack Awards

By Ray Bennett GHENT, Belgium – Oscar-winning French composer Francis Lai, 82, was visibly moved by a prolonged standing ovation after he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday night at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards. Fellow French composer Bruno … Continue reading

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World Soundtrack Awards showcase best film music

By Ray Bennett It’s a measure of the authority of the World Soundtrack Awards that while the Academy Awards last time nominated two of the best film scores from last year, the Ghent event has nominated all four plus one … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Morten Tyldum’s ‘The Imitation Game’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Morten Tyldum’s engrossing drama “The Imitation Game”, about World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, gives Benedict Cumberbatch another complex character to explore and the result is a film that will please audiences and collect major … Continue reading

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‘Life of Pi’ tops World Soundtrack Awards

By Ray Bennett GENT, Belgium – Canadian composer Mychael Danna was named best film composer of the year and won the best original film score award for “Life of Pi” at the World Soundtrack Awards.

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World Soundtrack Awards noms, Desplat set for concert

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Concerts at the World Soundtrack Awards are among the best film music events in the business – Hans Zimmer’s performance of his “Inception” score a couple of years ago (pictured) was one of the best. … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Stephen Frears’s ‘Tamara Drewe’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – A film that claims to be a literary comedy set in England’s West Country based loosely on Thomas Hardy’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” had better deliver the goods, and Stephen Frears’ new film, “Tamara … Continue reading

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