Sunday, 14 June 2015

Greatest film themes

Love Theme - Vangelis..

Artist: Vangelis
Film: Blade Runner
Year: 1982

that love theme from Vangelis is intoxicating, cool, serene, and at the same time tragic, that swanky sax really tugging at the heartstrings. Vangelis also wrote the instantly recognizeable theme for the slow-motion runners in Chariots of Fire, as well as a really touching love theme for Mel Gibson's Fletcher Christian and the Tihitian native girl in The Bounty.

It's tough to define "greatest". "Greatest" as in powerful and spectacular, or "greatest" as in intimately beautiful and touching?

I think some of the "greatest" films themes were written by John Williams:

Jaws (Shark Theme, Orca Sea Chanty)
Star Wars (Main Title, Duel of the Fates, Han & Leia's Love Theme, Luke and Leia's Brother and Sister theme, Battle of Heroes)
Superman-The Movie (Main Title and Love Theme)
The Indiana Jones March
E.T. (Main Theme, E.T. and Me, the end bicycle chase and Over the Moon)
Jurassic Park (Park Theme, captures the power and grace of the beasties)

Blade Runner, Vangelis

Blade Runner, Vangelis

Jerry Goldsmith wrote a lot of great themes too, with Patton and Star Trek right up there. His Ave Satani from The Omen is bone-chilling.

Maurice Jarre's Lawrence of Arabia

Miklos Rosza's Ben Hur

Max Steiner's Main Theme from Gone With the Wind, his Main Theme and "You Must Remember This" from Casablanca and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz

Howard Shore's mournful Ring Theme from Lord of the Rings

Hans Zimmer's tragic themes to Gladiator and Pearl Harbor

James Horner's Main Title and Kirk and Spock Friends Theme from Star Trek II-The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III-The Search for Spock, "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic

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