Thursday, August 19, 2004

R.I.P. Elmer Bernstein

The New York Times > Movies > Elmer Bernstein, Prolific Film Composer, Dies at 82

It seems like I've been doing a lot of these "R.I.P." posts lately. Elmer Bernstein was a prolific composer who could, "use a symphony orchestra as a handmaiden to cinema." He scored over 200 films, ranging from TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD and HUD to even NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE and AIRPLANE. Bernstein was also one of those blackballed for several years in the 1950s becuase he considered himself a communist. This obiturary from the NY Times provides an interesting overview of his life and work.

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