Julius Caesar

In my previous articles about the music of QUO VADIS, IVANHOE and PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE I have expanded my theories about music written for historical films. Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR presented new problems. If it had been merely a historical film about Julius Caesar I would have undoubtedly tried a reconstruction...

Miklós Rózsa

Well, that was purely accidental. In 1936, I would say, I was touring in the British Isles with my ballet for the Markova-Dolen Company. I was staying in London when I read in the papers that a famous French film director, Jacques Feyder, whom I knew personally, was in town. So I called him up and he said he was in great trouble and could I come over to...

Lust for Life

Hollywood has not exactly achieved world fame for the historical accuracy of its film biographies, as the carefree manner in which it often juggles historical facts with sheer fantasy to suit its own dramatic purposes is its Achilles heel, where it can be - and usually is - attacked. LUST FOR LIFE, however, is a notable exception. It is most gratifying to see...

Quo Vadis

A motion picture with historical background always presents interesting problems to the composer. There have been innumerable other historical pictures produced before QUO VADIS, and they were all alike in their negligent attitude toward the stylistic accuracy of their music. It is interesting to note what; painstaking research is usually made to ascertain...

Miklós Rózsa

DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID is a comedy and you are not really known for scoring comedies. How did you first become involved with Carl Reiner and DEAD MEN? Well, very simply, they asked for me. I don’t know what the reason was, but they said they had been wanting me all the time. But the truth is: there are film clips from old movies in it...