- "With not a second of hesitation David Mansfield's music for Heaven's Gate (1980). Its the one movie soundtrack that I can listen to on its own. And then it's also the very soul of this film. Somehow it embodies everything the movie is reaching for, especially a heartbreaking sense of time passing. I remember the catch line on the poster, it went something like (I'm not sure of the precise wording) what one loves in life is things that fade. Usually this is stuff to make fun of, in this case it was pure poetry to me. And exactly what Mansfield's soundtrack is about.”
Francis Ford Coppola
- "The Thief of Baghdad (1940), also, Spellbound (1945)- - the same composer, actually. They are just memorable, seemed to catch the essence of the film. But there are many great ones. I thought the recent work of John Williams on Catch Me If You Can (2002), was a great score, wonderful orchestration...really helped the film work very well."
- "A film called The Big Silence (1968), directed by Sergio Corbucci with music by Ennio Morricone. It's completely different from everything else that he did."
- "The music for The Godfather and The Godfather Part II (1972, 1974). Aside from the brilliant casting of actors we fall in love with, nothing provided a source of identification with the characters more than the score. Music should always reflect something that is not present in the rest of the movie. Here, the score provided a heartfelt loss of innocence, a yearning for a simpler yet more desperate time for that family. It kept the family's unspoken wish for itself alive."
- "I find Paul Thomas Anderson's way of using music in his films extraordinary. Usually he doesn't cut the music in to pieces; he uses the entire piece, and mixes it with the dialogs in a loud level. I don't know any other director who has the courage to do this. It works very well. The soundtrack I like best, from all of his films, is the one from Punch-drunk Love (2002)."
- "In recent times I liked Clint Mansell's score for Requiem for a Dream (2000), which still hangs in my head. It's haunting and powerful as it subliminally tweaks at your nerve-ends - viscerally ratcheting up the emotional stakes from bar to bar and shot to shot."
- "A big question. There are so many, and they all work so differently – from a big, beautiful score for full orchestra like Jerome Moross' for Wyler's The Big Country (1958) or David Raksin's for Force of Evil (1948), to a more modern score with very spare instrumentation, like Giovanni Fusco's for L'Avventura (1960) or Hans Werner Henze's for Resnais' Muriel (1963). I suppose that if I were hard-pressed to answer this question – and I suppose I am – I'd have to say Bernard Herrmann's score for Vertigo (1958). Hitchcock's film is about obsession, which means that it's about circling back to the same moment, again and again. Which is probably why there are so many spirals and circles in the imagery – Stewart following Novak in the car, the staircase at the tower, the way Novak's hair is styled, the camera movement that circles around Stewart and Novak after she's completed her transformation in the hotel room, not to mention Saul Bass' brilliant opening credits, or that amazing animated dream sequence. And the music is also built around spirals and circles, fulfilment and despair. Herrmann really understood what Hitchcock was going for – he wanted to penetrate to the heart of obsession."
- "My all-time favourite soundtrack is Miles Davis' score to Louis Malle's 1958 masterpiece Lift to the Scaffold. What I like(d) so much about it, was its spontaneity. Miles Davis apparently just stood in front of the screen and played along to the film. Utterly cool."
Estas são as deles. A minha provavelmente será Dances With Wolves de John Barry. E vocês?