Sound of Cinema

Sourced from the Bard

April 29, 2017

Matthew Sweet with a selection of music inspired by films that take inspiration from the works of Shakespeare in the week of the release of William Oldroyd's film "Lady Macbeth". While the cinema has brought many famous adaptations of Shakespeare's plays to the screen, the story of The Bard's influence on film is far greater. Matthew Sweet presents a selection of soundtracks for films that have taken Shakespeare's stories as the source material for new plots - some quite literal, others a little more subtle. The programme features a Spaghetti Western versions of Hamlet, a submarine reworking of Romeo and Juliet, and a mediaeval Japanese take on King Lear. Featured film scores include music for 'Theatre Of Blood', 'Chimes At Midnight', 'All Night Long', 'Forbidden Planet', 'Prospero's Books', 'McLintock!' and 'The Lion King'. The Classic Score of the Week is the film soundtrack to Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story'.

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