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Henry ManciniReinventing Film Music$
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John Caps

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036736

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036736.001.0001

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A Closing Door That Wasn’t There Before

A Closing Door That Wasn’t There Before

(p.216) Chapter 15 A Closing Door That Wasn’t There Before
Henry Mancini

John Caps

University of Illinois Press

This chapter describes four films that made Mancini feel so betrayed that he would wish seriously to have his name removed from being credited at all. These are Blake Edwards' Skin Deep (1989), Sidney Poitier's Ghost Dad (1990), Blake Edwards' Switch (1991), and Arthur Hiller's Married to It (1991). Mancini's yearning for reprieve from that pinched prosaic kind of scoring—having to fight for every thirty-second cue of synthesized filler, working for those New Hollywood committees that made films by compromise and that certainly had no commitment to the value of a narrative music score—can be felt in the last two pop music albums he would record in 1992 under his aforementioned renewed RCA contract: two programs of old, old songs from the so-called Great American Songbook.

Keywords:   Henry Mancini, film scoring, composers, Blake Edwards, Skin Deep, Sidney Poitier, Ghost Dad, Switch, Arthur Hiller, Married to It

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