Exploring the Movie Soundtrack, Part 2 -CLOSED


10:10 AM - 12:00 PM

9/15, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17

It has been said that one doesn’t see a movie as much as feel a movie. We continue to explore how and why this happens as we analyze a diverse range of movie composers such as Philip Glass, Dimitri Tiomkin, Elmer Bernstein, Michel LeGrand, Nino Rota, James Horner and Hans Zimmer and the directors with whom they worked. Among the movies to be explored are: Fatal Attraction, Koyaanisqatsi, The Third Man, La Dolce Vita, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Moonstruck, Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, High Noon, Spellbound, Titanic and Inception.




Week 1: On feeling a movie;  Wagnerian antecedents   

Week 2: Opera goes to the movies  

Week 3: Revisiting Philip Glass and KOYAANISQATSI   

Week 4: Dimitri Tiomkin and the American Western

Week 5: The theremin, psychoanalysis, and the extra-terrestrial

Week 6: Elmer Bernstein and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS;  Orson Welles and  the Cold War  

Week 7: Michel LeGrand and Nino Rota

Week 8: Two faces of Leonardo DiCaprio: James Horner and TITANIC; Hans Zimmer and INCEPTION

Facilitator: Dr. Joshua Berrett

Dr. Joshua Berrett earned a BA from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from the University of Michigan.  He studied at the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard and the Tanglewood Music Center.  He is Professor Emeritus at Mercy College, a freelance violinist and the author of many publications on music.  With his wife, Lynne, he is co-founder of the non-profit Ageless Mind Project, Inc.