Justin Freer talks about Jerry Goldsmith’s truly unforgettable score to Roman Polanski’s Neo-noir mystery film, Chinatown. In this episode, he dissects two scenes and talks about Goldsmith’s experimental techniques, in addition to a fun story about how he only had 10 days to compose the entire score.
Jerry Goldsmith was an American composer and conductor, most known for his work in film and television scoring. He composed scores for five films in the Star Trek franchise and three in the Rambo franchise, as well as for Logan's Run, Planet of the Apes, Patton, Chinatown, Poltergeist, Gremlins, Hoosiers, Total Recall, L.A. Confidential, Mulan, and The Mummy. In May 1997, with the release of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, he gained more popularity with his fanfare of the 1997 Universal Studios opening logo and the short version of the fanfare for its television arms, which would be among the most iconic studio logo music of all-time.
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