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Film Music Friday - July 16, 2021 (MacGuffins)

In movies, the MacGuffin is the object, device or person that's necessary to the plot and the motivation of the characters. Alfred Hitchcock, who popularized the term, said "The MacGuffin is the thing that the spies are after but the audience don't care."

Film Music Friday - July 9, 2021 (Michael Giacchino)

Michael Giacchino is among the most successful film composers working today. He's contributed music to several popular film franchises, including the Mission: Impossible and Jurassic World series, the Star Trek reboot and Marvel films, plus he's become the go-to composer for Pixar films, scoring such box office hits as Up (for which he won an Oscar), Ratatouille and The Incredibles. On this week's Film Music Friday we'll sample some of Giacchino's greatest hits.

Film Music Friday - July 2, 2021 (When Good Music Happens to Bad Movies)

This week on Film Music Friday...when good music happens to bad movies. Sometimes a great score is the only thing to recommend in really lousy movies, and we'll hear some examples, including themes from King Solomon's Mines, Meet Joe Black, Red Sonja, Judge Dredd and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Film Music Friday - June 25, 2021 (Hans Zimmer)

Composer Hans Zimmer has provided the music for a staggering number of films during his 30+ year career. On this week's Film Music Friday we'll hear excerpts of his work from Driving Miss Daisy, Intersteller, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight Rises, The Da Vinci Code and others.

Film Music Friday - June 18, 2021 (Heroes)

In this encore broadcast of Film Music Friday, we'll leap into music for heroes - super and otherwise - with tunes from Superman, 633 Squadron, Wonder Woman, The Dark Knight, The Shadow, Robin Hood-Prince of Thieves and more.

Film Music Friday - June 11, 2021 (Max Steiner)

Austrian-born composer Max Steiner moved to Hollywood in 1929 and became one of the first composers to write music scores for films. He's often referred to as "the father of film music." On this week's Film Music Friday, it's an encore broadcast of our tribute to Max Steiner, with excerpts from his scores for King Kong, Gone with the Wind, Adventures of Don Juan, Casablanca and many more.

Film Music Friday - June 4, 2021 (John Wayne)

This week on KPR's Film Music Friday we'll be hearing music from the films of John Wayne. In a career that stretched from the silent era into the 1970s, the Duke was arguably the biggest movie star of the 20th century. We'll hear music from films like The Searchers, Stagecoach, True Grit, The Quiet Man, Big Jake, The Cowboys and more.

Film Music Friday - May 28, 2021 (Music for Comedy)

In Hollywood it's thought that comedies don't win Oscars. They do, however, produce some pretty entertaining tunes and on tonight's Film Music Friday we'll delve into music for comedy. We'll hear highlights from It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Back to the Future, Who Killed Roger Rabbit?, Young Frankenstein and more.

Film Music Friday - May 21, 2021 (John Barry)

John Barry shot to fame with the music he created for James Bond movies in the 1960s and went on to craft scores for such films as The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa, Body Heat, Dances with Wolves, Somewhere in Time and many more. On this week's Film Music Friday we'll hear some of John Barry's best-loved movie scores.

Film Music Friday - May 14, 2021 (Biographical Films)

This week on Film Music Friday we'll sample music from movies about real people - the "biopic." Among the films included are Lawrence of Arabia, Inn of the Sixth Happiness, The Aviator, Catch Me if You Can, My Left Foot and others.


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