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Comments about the soundtrack for Minority Report (John Williams)

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Re: About Steven Spielberg notes
• Posted by: Obi-1
• Date: Saturday, June 22, 2002, at 9:54 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: About Steven Spielberg notes (Harry Potter)

> Well there is where your opinion is different from Mr. Spielberg's. Sorry,
> but I have to agree with him on this one.

I agree with Mr. Spielberg too. John Williams is the best storyteller, because when you listen to his scores you can imagine the particular film scenes.

I love Jerry Goldsmith very much, but he cannot tell the story so precisely as Williams can. I think Goldsmith is very good in depicting the atmosphere and character of the entire film (Alien, Planet of the Apes, Basic Instinct,...).

That's why in the case of Williams's scores (especially his grand scores - Star Wars saga, Indiana Jones trilogy, E.T., etc.) it is so important to know the film and to hear complete score in chronological form. It is the only way to fully appreciate his music. Because he tells the story. It is also the reason why Williams's music is unlistenable in many cases, because it is so tight connected with the particular film scene, which requires this kind of music.

But in the case of Goldsmith's scores it is not so important. Because his music is not connected so tight with the film. That's maybe the reason why Goldsmith don't like long soundtracks. It is not necessary for his style. He is known he frequently use one or two prominent themes which go throught the entire film and are excellent, but the rest of the score is not so interesting (Chinatown, Rambo trilogy, Under Fire, Hoosiers, Sleepeing with the Enemy, Basic Instinct, Medicine Man, Rudy, The Edge, Small Soldiers,...etc). It fits perfectly in the film but it doesn't tell the story in such a precision as Williams's scores do.

It is my opinion but I think John Williams is better storyteller than Goldsmith is. That is the reason why Goldsmith's scores are in many cases more listenable because they are not so tight connected with the film. I own many Goldsmith's scores but when I'm listening to each of them I cannot imagine the particular film scenes. But when I'm listening to Star Wars or Indiana Jones scores I'm able to imagine every single scene of the film.

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       Sandra - Monday, June 17, 2002, at 4:00 a.m.
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         Harry Potter - Monday, June 17, 2002, at 6:45 p.m.
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           Obi-1 - Saturday, June 22, 2002, at 9:54 a.m.

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