The Animating Spirit of Ray Harryhausen

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen died on May 7 at age 92, but his legacy lives on. His genuinely awesome stop-motion animation, which he called "Dynamation," brought dinosaurs, sea monsters, giant gorillas, flying saucers and mythical characters to life on the screen.

In films such as "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," "Jason and the Argonauts," "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms," "Mighty Joe Young," "First Men In the Moon," "One Million Years BC" and "20 Million Miles To Earth," Harryhausen's artistry was enhanced by thrilling music composed by some of the greats of cinema, including Bernard Herrmann, Miklos Rozsa, Jerome Moross, Roy Webb, Mischa Bakaleinikoff, and Laurence Rosenthal.

David Garland presents music from these and other films, all of which were touched by the animating spirit of Ray Harryhausen.

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Theduke from Newark, NJ

A little late to post a comment but I've been away at the Preakness and am happily dealing with a new GF who is beginning to understand film music. Try taking a new interest to see Malick's "To the Wonder". Not easy! But exposure is the way!
Anyway, enjoyed this presentation. Thanks, David, for commemorating Harryhausen. Would have liked to hear the skeleton music from "Sinbad" and "Jason".
A recommendation: I believe you've covered Roy Webb but how about a show spotlighting his Val Lewton contributions? I think it's his best work.
Next week is the Belmont Stakes.

Jun. 02 2013 03:57 AM

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