What would the movie be without the movie’s music? Music is the perfect complement to the scenes and the lines spoken by the actors. It allows you to build tension and it only takes a few sounds to make viewers terrified, sad or happy. The power of music, and certainly of the first movie, is enormous. It allows for the full experience of the film, but also after the show, the film’s soundtrack accompanies us in the work, frees the artistic spirit, and makes us think. That was Vangelis’ music. Therefore, we remind you of 5 films for which he composed the music that would not be the same without his music.
1. “Chariots of Fire” – a monastery. Hugh Hudson
The film is based on the true story of British runners preparing for the 1924 Summer Olympics. The 1995 production was included in the Vatican’s list of 45 feature films that promote religious, moral or artistic values.
The film’s protagonists are athletes Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams. They come from all walks of life, and both are gold medalists at the Paris Games. Men face difficult choices torn between sport and the reality in which they live. How much can you sacrifice for the acceptance of society? Luck is important, or perhaps duty?
Chariots of Fire is above all a story about athletic rivalry. About the fact that everything has its light and dark side.
The film has received several awards, including a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. “Chariots of Fire” won four Oscars in the categories: Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Film Music, and Costume. And so Vangelis won an Oscar.
2 – 1492. Journey to Heaven” – Abbey. Ridley Scott
“1492. Journey to Heaven “tells the story of Christopher Columbus’ accidental discovery of America, played by the sailor Gerard Depardieu, who went on a voyage in search of a new sea route to India. The campaign was organized thanks to the support of Queen Isabella of Castile (Sigourney Weaver)
In 1492, Christopher Columbus set out on a voyage under the auspices of the Spanish Queen Isabella. The purpose of the trip is to find the sea route to India.
3. “Blade Runner” – dir. Ridley Scott
Science fiction film Blade Runner adapted from Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream About Electric Sheep novel? Over the years, the film has gained the status of a cult production and has continued. The plot takes viewers to the world of the future to Los Angeles in 2019 (the film premiered in 1982). Our planet is inhabited by genetically created beings that look like real humans. At some point, it becomes illegal for the replicas to be on the ground. The task of capturing them is assigned to members of special police units, they are called “code hunters”.
The film revolves around the character of Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford).
Interestingly, the film was not a financial success. It is worth noting that Ridley Scott called it his “most complete and personal film”. The film’s music was not released until 1994.
4, “Rebel Against the Bounty” – directed by Roger Donaldson
The cast of the film includes a group of movie stars: Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Edward Fox, Laurence Olivier, Bernard Hill, Daniel Day-Lewis and Liam Neeson. The script for the film was based on a book by Richard Hogg. The film tells the story of the sailors’ mutiny against the ship “The Bounty” in 1789. What happens when the sailors decide to oppose the ruthless captain (Anthony Hopkins)? He will have to “confront” the first officer (Mel Gibson).
In 1984, the film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
“Alexander” is a definite biography of Alexander the Great (played by Colin Farrell) that did not receive much sympathy from viewers, but it certainly deserves praise in terms of film music. Aside from Farrell, the film featured among others: Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Val Kilmer and Rosario Dawson.
Viewers will witness the famous battle with the Persians at Gaugamela, taming the ideal of the mountain, Bucephalus. Court intrigues, specific relationships with parents, love of life, and the genius of Alexander, you can see it all in this movie.