my music moods ( let’s go hollywood)

Let’s do some popcorn and put a couple of DVD on.  I don’t have Netflix!!!!

… I have mentioned before that I listen often to and love beautiful movie scores. I always listen to the music score when I watch a movie. There so many beautiful original scores to choose from, I could fill post by post with the most fantastic music.

In my ears is the film industry giving us our time’s classical composers … and I’m sure that so many will be played by and listened to generations to come.


“He who ruled scent ruled the hearts of men.”
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille

I haven’t read the book “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by German writer Patrick Süskind, but those who have said it is one of the best books they ever read. The book has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

I was very reluctant to see the movie because I had seen some of the trailers and I thought it all was a  bit too wired story for my taste.

  • But a year after its premiere I saw it on DVD and I’m glad I did. It is such a wired and beautiful love story.
  • “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” is a 2006 German period psychological crime thriller film directed by Tom Tykwer and starring Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, and Dustin Hoffman.
  • Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) is one of 18th-century France’s finest perfumers and with his incredible talent for discerning scent he becomes obsessed with capturing an elusive aroma: the scent of young womanhood. His search takes a deadly turn, and when the bodies of 12 young females are found, panic breaks out, with families rushing to lock up their daughters.
  • Tykwer, with Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil composed the music.
  • The soundtrack is one of the most beautiful, every track: Chen Reiss (soprano), Melanie Mitrano (soprano), Victor de Maiziere (boy soprano) & Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil (electronics), the Berliner Philharmoniker & The Latvian State Choir conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
  • The film made $9.7 million in its opening weekend in German only, but the film performed poorly in North America. Only shown for 3 months in total.
  • It wan 19 international awards, but didn’t make it to Oscars.

“Nobody hates history. They hate their own histories.”
Robert Langdon

“The Da Vinci Code”, only seen the movie, haven’t read this book either and I enjoyed it very much, but it hasn’t made to my top 20, but the music has.

  • The official motion picture soundtrack for “The Da Vinci Code” with Thomas Bowes (violinist), King’s Consort Choir, Hugh Marsh, Orchestra, Richard Harvey, Hila Plitmann, Martin Tillman was released on May 9, 2006, via Decca label.
  • This track is the finale of the film suite and the main theme. This piece is played at the end of the film when Langdon realizes the duality of the cryptex’s map and discovers the current location of the Grail, Mary Magdalene’s final resting place, beneath.
  • The film is directed by Ron Howard, written by Akiva Goldsman, and based on Dan Brown’s 2003 best-selling novel of the same name.
  •  Ron Howard said that the soundtrack was “powerful, fresh and wonderfully effective” and most film music reviewers agreed with him.
  • The music is composed by one of today’s hottest Hollywood composers, Hans Zimmerman. I’m a huge fan of his music, he is the number one on my list.
  • Last year did I enjoy him alive in Copenhagen together with borrowed orchestra and choir from the Bolshoi Opera in Minsk.  Just fabulous.
  • Hans Zimmer (1957) is a German film score composer and record producer, lives today in Los Angeles.
  • Since the 1980s, he has composed music for over 150 films.


  • His works include The Lion King, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1995, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Interstellar, Gladiator, Black Rain, Crimson Tide, Inception, Thelma & Louise, Dunkirk, Peal Habour, The Last Samurai and The Dark Knight Trilogy.
  • In December 2010, Zimmer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He dedicated the award to his publicist and long-term friend Ronni Chasen, who had been shot and killed in Beverly Hills the previous month.
  • Zimmer composed the main theme for the 2016 BBC nature documentary Planet Earth II, presented by David Attenborough and composed the main theme for the 2016 Netflix production “The Crown”
  • In 2018, Zimmer composed the score for the television intro of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
  • As of 2018, Zimmer has received eleven Academy Award nominations for his work.
  • The film is directed by Ron Howard, written by Akiva Goldsman, and based on Dan Brown’s 2003 best-selling novel of the same name.
  • The film opened with an estimated $31 million in box office sales on its opening day, averaging $7,764 per screen. During its opening weekend, moviegoers spent an estimated $77 million in America and $224 million worldwide.
  • “Da Vinci Code” has worldwide total made it the 51st-highest-grossing film, and the highest-grossing film in the franchise.

“You should be kissed, by someone who knows how”
Rhett Butler

I couldn’t say how many times I have watched this movie over the years. I think I was 15 when I saw it the first time in 1963. Clark Gable!!!! He has the same effect on me today and as then. What a man, but a real bastard. That stairways scene. One of the hottest scenes in movie history, even if in today’s eyes the scene ended up in marital rape or was it rough sex. A very hot question.

  • Maximilian Raoul Steiner[(1888 – 1971) was an Austrian-born American music composer for theatre and films, as well as a conductor.
  • Steiner composed over 300 film scores with RKO Pictures and Warner Bros.
  • Nominated for 24 Academy Awards, winning three: The Informer (1935); Now, Voyager (1942); and Since You Went Away (1944).
  • In 1939, Steiner was borrowed from Warner Bros. by Selznick to compose the score for Gone with the Wind, which became one of Steiner’s most notable successes.
  • Steiner was the only composer Selznick considered for scoring the film. Steiner was given only three months to complete the score, despite composing twelve more film scores in 1939.
  • The score of Gone With The Wind is ranked #2 by AFI as the second greatest American film score of all time.
  • “Gone with the Wind” is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell.
  • The film was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming.
  • Starring: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland.


  • At the 12th Academy Awards, it received ten Academy Awards (eight competitive, two honorary) from thirteen nominations, including wins for Best Picture, Best Director (Fleming), Best Adapted Screenplay (posthumously awarded to Sidney Howard), Best Actress (Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, becoming the first African American to win an Academy Award). It set records for the total number of wins and nominations at the time.
  • On the list of the highest-grossing films in the United States and Canada – # 1. Gone with the Wind – Ticket sales: 202,286,100 – Adjusted goss: $1,822,597,761
  • It ran 226 minutes and is still one of the longest films of all time.
  •  Clark Gable was reluctant to play Rhett Butler. He didn’t want to do a period piece and was worried that he couldn’t live up to the public’s high anticipation of the character.
  •  Gable was very distressed by having to cry on film (in the scene where he grieves over Scarlett’s miscarriage). He was so upset he almost quit the film, but Olivia de Havilland convinced him to stay.
  • I read a couple of years ago somewhere that they had do e the stairway scene up to 40 times because the director was a bit annoyed with Clark Gable.

12 thoughts on “my music moods ( let’s go hollywood)

  1. I have never heard of “Perfume” before. Great choices for the movie music!
    Thank you, Viveka for the info about “Gone With The Wind” and “The Da Vinci Code”.

    • Amy, I think “Perfume” is more or less only known in Europe. I don’t know why it didn’t make it in US. It’s a very strange and bizarre story but told in a beautiful way. Thank you for taking the time, means a lot. *smile

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