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