“Pure delight.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“A wonderful, chuckling, preposterously exciting fantasy.” - James Harwood, Variety
Saturday, March 25 at 6pm | Director Richard Donner explained that, on the first day the London Symphony Orchestra met to record the score for SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, the moment he heard the main theme begin, he ran into the orchestra floor yelling “Genius, genius!”, thus ruining the recording. Williams crafted the triumphant, trumpet heavy, timpani rich theme two years after writing his iconic STAR WARS score. Never one to rest on his laurels, Williams did not clone his previous work, instead composing an Academy Award nominated, emotionally powerful score worthy of the Man of Steel himself. SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE underscores (sorry!) Williams’ talent for capturing the essence and soul of a character through his compositions, whether they be a shark, or a superhero. If you ever find yourself lacking the nerve, cue up this score for a boost of confidence.
Awards & Nominations
Nominee - Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Score, Academy Awards
Scored by John Williams: We can all hum the JAWS theme, and recognize the scores to STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES within the first bars, but composer John Williams' inimitable career as a composer with over 160 titles to his credit, is full of surprises. Presented in partnership with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Scored by John Williams showcases the depth of his talent in scores that range from jaunty to ethereal, and from the noble to the ominous. View full series here.
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