Although we refer to the early stages of filmmaking as “the silent era” It was anything but. When thinking back on the history of film we cannot deny that music was the forerunner to spoken dialogue. Early filmmakers, for lack of better technology were forced to find another medium to impose a feeling for each scene. Naturally, they chose music, as music has been a basic tool for human expression since the beginning of time. As years passed by and everything about the way movies are made changed and advanced, one component remained the same, the use of music.
Who could forget the last scene of “The Breakfast Club”? This shot has become one of the most recognizable scenes in the history of film. The film in its entirety is chalk full of memorable moments, but it is this scene that stands alone. But why? The simple answer; Simple Minds. It is their song “Don’t You” that clung to our hearts as Bender walked triumphantly through the schoolyard, it is their song that gives us that “doughy eyed teenager feeling. You would be hard pressed to find anyone that does not associate the film with Simple Minds’ dynamic sing.
It is impossible to talk about music in film and not mention John Carpenter, whom is just as renowned as a composer as he is a filmmaker. There is nothing quite as terrifying as hearing the theme song from Halloween. He has written a whopping sixteen of his own movie’s scores not mention collaborations on films not his own. Raised by a Western Kentucky University Music Professor he was undoubtedly influenced greatly by music from the get go. This is reflected in just about everything that he has touched in his career. With the release of his studio album, “Lost Themes” he shows that his skills as composer are to be considered in the ranks of Beethoven and Bach.
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about John Williams. Quoted as “America’s composer” he has brought his musical talent to the big screen for nearly 60 years, working on classics like “The Apartment” The Harry Potter Series, and of course, Star Wars. Can you imagine any of the aforementioned films without his groundbreaking scores? No, and thankfully, you never will. Where can you hear him next? He is currently working on Jurassic World, set to be released in June of this year.
In closing, the film world owes much to the music world and vice versa. May these two beautiful arts forms forever co-exist!