The best thing about turning 80, insists the maestro who has been making music for movies for half of the medium's lifetime, is that you no longer have to lie about anything to anyone. It's too late for lies; the clock will no longer forgive deception. So you may feel free to ask of this man anything you like, because he will tell you everything you want to know. He will share volumes of tales about grand achievements and bitter disappointments, and he will do so with tremendous warmth and wit, punctuating his sentences with fits of deep, nasal, resonant laughter. "I don't mind giving you this," is how he begins those tales that do not have the happiest of endings, and he does not mind, because for every anecdote lousy with displeasure, there are a dozen more containing what Hollywood loves best, the... More >>>
The magnificent two: Elmer Bernstein and Todd Haynes, director of Far from Heaven, were collaborators on one of the best soundtracks of the composer's estimable career.