Picture Perfect with Ross Amico

Friday at 6 pm

A weekly survey of film music, from the Golden Age of movies and current-day movies.

Picture Perfect is made possible in part by the support Joseph Rice and Rice Insurance Agency.

The Arabian Nights, traditional folk stories from the Orient, have come to us filtered through the sensibilities of Western translators.  Further translation was required to get the stories from page to screen, so it’s hardly surprising to find Sinbad, for instance, fighting a giant walrus.  Tune in for an hour of movie enchantments, with music from “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad” (Bernard Herrmann), “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger” (Roy Budd), “Aladdin” (Alan Menken), and “The Thief of Bagdad” (Miklós Rózsa).  Discover an Aladdin’s Cave of cinematic delights, this Friday at 6 pm.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, it’s music from “Beneath the 12-Mile Reef” (Bernard Herrmann), “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (Henry Mancini), “Jaws” (John Williams), and “The Swimmer” (Marvin Hamlisch).  Expectations of aquatic refreshment are all wet, this Friday at 6 pm.

Picaresque novels are generally characterized by having rogues or anti-heroes as protagonists, episodic, wayward structures, and, not infrequently, low humor.  Prepare to revel in some freewheeling lack of judgment, with music from “The Reivers” (John Williams), “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (Jerome Moross), “Anthony Adverse” (Erich Wolfgang Korngold), and “Tom Jones” (John Addison).  We’re up to no good, this Friday at 6 pm.

What’s your hurry?  Defy weekend traffic with music from “The Road Warrior” (Brian May), “Grand Prix” (Maurice Jarre), “Bullitt” (Lalo Schifrin), and “Back to the Future.”  We put the pedal to the metal, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Prepare to get “lost.”  It’s an hour of music from fantasy films set in lost worlds, including “King Kong” (Max Steiner), “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (Bernard Herrmann), “One Million Years B.C.” (Mario Nascimbene), and “Jurassic Park” (John Williams).  The music will be larger than life, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Go down to the sea in ships, with music from “Captain Horatio Hornblower” (Robert Farnon), “Botany Bay” (Franz Waxman), “Mutiny on the Bounty” (Bronislau Kaper), and “Windjammer” (Morton Gould).  Get ready to “taste the cat” and prepare to be keelhauled, this Friday at 6 pm.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a radio host in possession of a weekly film music show must be in want of a good theme.  Tune in for selections from “Emma” (Rachel Portman), “Sense and Sensibility” (Patrick Doyle), and two versions of “Pride and Prejudice” (Carl Davis and Dario Marianelli).  A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of – at least according to “Mansfield Park.”  The next best is a playlist assembled from Jane Austen movies.  Know your own happiness, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Picture Perfect: June 22 - Confidence Games

Jun 21, 2018

It’s the equivalent of a cinematic shell-game, with music from movies about charlatans and hucksters, including “The Magician” (Erik Nordgren), “The Flim-Flam Man” (Jerry Goldsmith), “Catch Me If You Can” (John Williams), and “Elmer Gantry” (André Previn).  Listen with confidence, this Friday at 6 pm.

With Father’s Day right around the corner, what better time to revisit the spaghetti western?  After all, whose Dad doesn’t like spaghetti?  We’ll sample from music for the “Dollars” Trilogy” (“A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More,” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”), composed by Ennio Morricone, and the “Sabata” Trilogy (“Sabata” and “Return of Sabata”), composed by Marcello Giombini.  Tell Dad it’s all-you-can-eat.  We’ll be piling the plates high, this Friday at 6 pm. 

With Elastigirl and family heading back to theaters next week, I thought now would be as good a time as any to get back into the “swing.”  We’ll hear selections from the sly superhero satire “The Incredibles,” for which the composer (New Jersey native Michael Giacchino) evokes the swinging espionage “sound” popularized by John Barry for the James Bond films.  Also featured will be Academy Award winning music for “Up” (also Giacchino), alongside selections from “Ice Age” (David Newman) and “The Adventures of Tintin” (John Williams).   That’s an hour of “animated” music, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was one of the great musical prodigies, a composer of operas, orchestral works, and chamber music.  Arriving in Hollywood in the 1930s, he set about revolutionizing the art of film scoring.  His music graced a number of Warner Brothers’ historical adventures, most memorably the swashbucklers of Errol Flynn.  We’ll hear selections from “The Sea Hawk” (1940), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1935), “Another Dawn” (1937), and “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938).  Put some swagger in your weekend with music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Picture Perfect: May 25 - Valor and Sacrifice

May 25, 2018

For Memorial Day, we honor the fallen, with music from cinematic meditations on the costs and consequences of war, with selections from “Glory” (James Horner), “Sergeant York” (Max Steiner), “The Deer Hunter” (Stanley Myers), and “Saving Private Ryan” (John Williams).  The music is moving; the heroes are unsung, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Head south with selections from “Green Fire” and “Crisis” (both by Miklós Rózsa), “Green Mansions” (Heitor Villa-Lobos & Bronislau Kaper), and “The Mission” (Ennio Morricone).  The exposure is all southern, with music from films set in South America, this Friday at 6 pm. 

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, revisit familiar tales learned in childhood with music from “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” (Leigh Harline), “The Company of Wolves” (George Fenton), “Puss in Boots” (Henry Jackman), and “La Belle et La Bête” (Georges Auric).  It’s an hour of once-upon-a-time and happily-ever-after, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Jerome Moross first encountered the American West on a cross-country trip in 1936.  The indelible impressions left would inform his future film and concert works.  The energetic syncopations of his native New York City bolstered an easy lyrical gift that could easily pass for genuine American folk music.  Saddle up for selections from “The Big Country,” “The Proud Rebel,” “The Valley of Gwangi,” and “The Jayhawkers.”  We breathe the open air with music of great vitality, Friday at 6 pm. 

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