What makes the ultimate film soundtrack?

After Italian composer Ennio Morricone’s death at the age of 91, Arwa Haider explores how a score can make us rethink a movie – and picks out some classics, including Kung Fu Panda.

Arwa Haider for BBC

In the article “What Makes The Ultimate Film Soundtrack?” from BBC Culture, Arwa Haider dives deep into the history of film and what makes the ultimate film soundtrack.

“Great film music can reinvent icons (take Icelandic musician/composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s extraordinary Oscar-winning score for Joker, 2019) and subvert genres (Nicholas Britell’s poignant and potent “chopped and screwed” symphonies for Moonlight, 2016), yet it can also ‘belong’ to us through an emotional core.”

The examples in the article above explore the impact of music in the cinema and its influence on the audience. It has been said, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but is it fair to say you can’t judge a film by its sound track?

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