The Film Music Society FMS FEATURE...

December 23, 2008
A Piece of Film Music History
Social artifact reflects humor of an earlier era

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Hollywood has always been known to "party hearty," and its most esteemed film composers were no exception to the rule. The lore of all-night bashes and inebriated jam sessions makes up a colorful part of film music history, helping us realize that some of our most revered scorers were, after all, delightfully human – their vulnerabilities matched only by their incomparable sense of wit.

In celebration of the upcoming New Year, we thought our readers would enjoy viewing this recently discovered archival treasure: A post-party apology card from the great Bronislaw Kaper, Oscar-winning composer of numerous classic films including Lili (1953), Gaslight (1944), Green Dolphin Street (1947) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). The card is a bit the worse for wear, but with humor fully intact.

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