The Early Scores of John Williams

The Early Scores of John Williams

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Please note: this season finished in April 2019

To accompany Colston Hall’s screening of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: In Concert, with a live orchestral performance of its Academy Award®-winning score at Bristol Hippodrome (Wed 24 April), throughout April we’re putting the focus on iconic composer John Williams’ earlier musical scores.

It’s over 40 years since John Williams penned his landmark score for the original Star Wars and in doing so changed movie scores forever. Whilst Star Wars, Jurassic Park, E.T and the rest made him a household name, and remain some of his finest creations, there are important antecedents in the composer's work that rival not only these scores, but all of Williams’ subsequent output, themselves ranking among the most significant examples of film music ever written.

In April, we’ll be revisiting some of this incredible composer’s lesser known works including his score for the diabolically funny suspense-comedy Family Plot (Sat 7 April) - the last film ever made by the great Alfred Hitchcock; his multiple variations on a single main theme for Robert Altman’s oddball noir The Long Goodbye (Sun 14 Apr); his catchy and rapid-fire score for William Wyler’s comedy heist-caper How To Steal a Million (Sun 21 Apr); and his moments of dark, aggressive orchestral mayhem for Don Seigel’s sun-drenched 60’s crime thriller The Killers (Sun 28 Apr).


Previous screenings in this season

The Killers

 Classified 18  John Williams Scores
The Killers
Please note: This was screened in April 2019
Film
Two professional hit men try to find out who hired them and why in Don Seigel’s star-studded, sun-drenched 60s crime thriller, that’s enriched by a John Williams score full of gritty, moody jazz and moments of dark and aggressive orchestral mayhem.

How to Steal a Million

 Classified  John Williams Scores
How to Steal a Million
Please note: This was screened in April 2019
Film
Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole star in William Wyler’s alternately adventurous and romantic comedy heist caper - a tone that's perfectly captured by John Williams' catchy and rapid-fire score.

The Long Goodbye

 Classified 18  John Williams Scores
The Long Goodbye
Please note: This was screened in April 2019
Film
One of the finest films from the 1970s, Robert Altman's masterly take on Raymond Chandler's iconic final novel features Elliot Gould in laid-back form as private eye Philip Marlowe and an unusual request from its director to composer John Williams for its jazz laden score.

Family Plot

 Classified PG  John Williams Scores
Family Plot
Please note: This was screened in April 2019
Film
John Williams’ landmark score for this diabolically funny suspense-comedy holds an important place in film score history, arriving just after he’d completed his iconic score for Jaws, it’s also the soundtrack to the last film ever made by the great Alfred Hitchcock.