Tag archive for "Henry Mancini"

Films, homage

Dangerous Curves

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Did anyone catch the Simpsons last night? I usually don’t watch TV of my own accord, but I was over at my sister’s when it was on, and I’m so glad. The whole episode was an homage to Two For the Road! One of my absolute favourite Audrey films, so beautiful. While they didn’t get the rights to the film’s music, the soundtrack on the show was very Mancini, and very true to the feel of the film.

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Wait Until Dark Soundtrack

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Since it’s practically Halloween already, I’m going to talk about a great scary movie, Wait Until Dark. It was Audrey Hepburn’s last film before retiring for ten years to focus on her children and family, and the last film for which she earned an Oscar nomination. It’s also the last film of hers that was scored by the fantastic Henry Mancini, who wrote “Moon River” for dear Audrey. This soundtrack was a huge departure for Mancini, who usually does what would now be considered as lounge or soft pop music. Unfortunately, the soundtrack was never officially released, so it’s impossible to find. It was never on vinyl, sadly, and was never on CD … until now! After searching high and low for this, there seems to be only one place that offers the Wait Until Dark soundtrack.

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rare insight into Audrey Hepburn

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There’s a new video on You Tube from a made-for-TV biography that I don’t think I’ve ever seen. The clip that was uploaded was from a Chinese airing, but maybe it’s been aired in English-speaking countries? Either way, it’s fantastic interviews with Mel Ferrer, Henry Mancini (composer of “Moon River”), Stanley Donen (director of Funny Face and Two For the Road), and Hubert de Givenchy. It’s a really fascinating segment to watch and gives more insight into Audrey’s career and relationships with these men, you really just have to see it to appreciate it. I certainly can’t do it justice!

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"Bloodline" author dies, Audrey Hepburn inspired Edie Sedgwick

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Author Sidney Sheldon, who wrote many pulp-style novels and has the dubious distinction of penning the worst Audrey Hepburn film ever, died Tuesday at the age of 89 from pneumonia complications. Sheldon had been active writing screenplays for over 30 years, and Bloodline was his fourth novel out of his final 22 published books. Thankfully, it’s a lesser-known and harder to access film, and the cover art of the video tape alone should put you off of it. Is Ben Gazzara made of wax?

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