Dead Poets Society (1989)
- Although this film was driven more by director Oliver Stone’s obsession with the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy — and focused more on the trials and travails of Jim Garrison, the New Orleans-based district attorney who found that everyone but Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK — Stone’s apparent admiration of the President shines through in the leitmotifs composed for this three-plus-hour epic by John Williams. The score is carefully crafted as to evoke the mythic imagery of Camelot crashing into the upheaval that would be the 1960’s, when three leaders — JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy — would ultimately be felled by assassin’s bullets, shattering any sense that was left of a Pax Americana.
The Ohio State marching band did something cinematically awesome this weekend. Watch and listen and see how many movie scores you can identify. (via Deadspin)