Danny Elfman

'Score: A Film Music Documentary' explores composers' art

'Score: A Film Music Documentary' explores composers' art

Although it won’t win any prizes for narrative structure, Matt Schrader’s “Score: A Film Music Documentary” spotlights such a rich and fascinating topic — the craft of motion picture scoring — that its mere presence proves a feast for the eyes and ears.

The film also offers one key aspect so often missing from documentaries about creative endeavors: a vivid portrayal of process. However random the movie can sometimes feel, Schrader has amassed an articulate array of musicians and filmmakers — speaking for themselves or on behalf of others — whose candor and enthusiasm intimately expose the nuts and bolts of their chosen field.

After a brief chronology of music’s evolving...

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