After the troubled release of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964) director Sergio Leone wasn’t particularly interested in revisiting the western genre again. He had survived a bitter court battle after his film was accused of borrowing heavily from Akira Kurosawa’s YOJIMBO (a claim the director reportedly denied citing that both films were based on Dashiell Hammett’s 1929 crime novel Red Harvest) but afterward, Leone was emotionally as well as financially spent. … Continue reading PLAY IT AGAIN, MORRICONE: FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965)

A Light that Never Went Out: The MTV Legacy of Derek Jarman

One of the most fascinating and overlooked aspects of Derek Jarman’s impressive filmmaking career is his collaborative work with musical artists. These projects materialized as experimental short films as well as music promo videos that regularly aired on MTV throughout the 1980s. Jarman appreciated the money he made directing videos but he wasn’t particularly happy about doing work for hire and said that it was … Continue reading A Light that Never Went Out: The MTV Legacy of Derek Jarman

Music of the Night

This week’s 8track musical offering is titled “Music of the Night” and includes music from some of my favorite Hammer vampire films such as The Brides of Dracula (1960), Twins of Evil (1971), Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter (1974), The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires (1974) and Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972). Enjoy! Track Listing: James Bernard – “Dracula Main Theme” (1958) James Bernard – “The … Continue reading Music of the Night

Giallo Notte

My newest Halloween music mix at 8tracks is called “Giallo Notte” and it contains 14 great music tracks from some of my favorite giallo films such as Dario Argento’s Deep Red (1975), Aldo Lado’s Short Night Of Glass Dolls (1971), Sergio Martino’s The Strange Vice Of Mrs. Wardh (1971) and Emilio Miraglia’s The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972), plus much, much more. Enjoy! Track … Continue reading Giallo Notte

The Walker Brothers – Deadlier Than the Male

Top: The Walker Brothers – John, Gary & Scott Bottom: Sylva Koscina, Elke Sommer & Nigel Green in Deadlier Than the Male (1967) I was disappointed to learn that John Walker (aka John Maus) of The Walker Brothers died on May 7, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. He was 67 years old. The brilliant Scott Walker tends to overshadow the rest of the … Continue reading The Walker Brothers – Deadlier Than the Male

John Barry 1933-2011

Jane Birkin and John Barry (1965) John Barry’s a special figure here at Cinebeats. Now that he’s left this earth I can comfortably refer to him as one of the blog’s many Patron Saints. Remind me to make a list of the others some day… Barry composed some of my favorite soundtracks and I was honored to be asked to contribute a piece on Boom … Continue reading John Barry 1933-2011

Confessions Of A Soundtrack Collector

A few of my favorite film soundtracks. Regular visitors to Cinebeats are undoubtedly aware of my interest in film soundtracks and scores. Today I decided to share more about my record collecting habits with Movie Morlock readers. If you’re curious about what soundtracks I grew up with or just want some record buying tips check out my latest post at TCM’s Classic Movie Blog: Vinyl … Continue reading Confessions Of A Soundtrack Collector

The Magnificent Soundtrack

The sexiest group of cowboys ever? Hell yes! Over at the Movie Morlocks Blog I posted a brief piece about one of my favorite westerns, John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven (1960). It’s one of the earliest movies I can remember watching as a kid and falling in love with. I’m not sure why I was so drawn to The Magnificent Seven but I suspect it … Continue reading The Magnificent Soundtrack

Blood and Roses: The Soundtrack

I recently learned that portions of Jean Prodromidès’ sweeping score for Roger Vadim’s Blood & Roses (Et Mourir de Plaisir; 1960) will be released on CD from Disques Cinémusique on March 20th. I’ve written about my appreciation for this fantastic vampire film at length before in a piece simply called Roger Vadim’s Blood and Roses (1960) but at the time I neglected to mention Jean … Continue reading Blood and Roses: The Soundtrack

Ennio Morricone’s My Dear Killer OST

George Hilton in My Dear Killer aka Mio Caro Assassino (1972) This month Digitmovies is scheduled to release Ennio Morricone’s incredible score for the excellent giallo thriller My Dear Killer aka Mio Caro Assassino (1972). This will be the 9th volume from Italy’s Digitmovies devoted to the original soundtrack recordings of Ennio Morricone and if it’s as good as their previous releases Morricone fans are … Continue reading Ennio Morricone’s My Dear Killer OST