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Classic Hollywood: Film academy marks centenary of composer Alex North
Classic Hollywood: Film academy marks centenary of composer Alex North

Though Alex North ushered in a completely new sound in American film music, he wasn't a Young Turk when he arrived in Hollywood 60 years ago to pen the groundbreaking jazz-influenced score for "A Streetcar Named Desire."He was nearly 40 at the time, classically trained at both the Curtis School in Philadelphia and Juilliard in New York. In the mid-1930s, the Pennsylvania native went to Moscow, where he studied for two years at the Moscow Conservatory. His Moscow connections, plus the fact that his brother was a writer for a left-wing publication, forced North and his family to move to France in the late 1950s for a few years to escape the blacklist."He had an amazing pre-movie career,"...

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