“Far From Heaven,” featuring a score by Elmer Bernstein, opened in the US November 8th. The film stars Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert and co-stars Patricia Clarkson. It is set in the 1950s and depicts the beautiful, yet oppressive surfaces of middle-class, mid-century America. The film is reminiscent of the films of Douglas Sirk, a popular director during that era, whose films were renowned for their rich look and empathetic characters, particularly women.
“More than anything, ‘Far From Heaven’ is a film about love,” states Bernstein. “It is a film about love within the conventional mores of the fifties. While it was Todd Haynes’ idea to treat this film to look like fifties film, he also took the opportunity to deal with issues that were taboo in the fifties. Issues like homosexuality and racism were always lurking just below the surface, but in this film those issues are met head on. The score is about love and frustration.”
TCM and LACMA to Premiere Newly Scored Version of Lon Chaney's Laugh Clown, Laugh (1928) on Jan. 30 in LACMA's Bing Theatre
Turner Classic Movies and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art celebrate classic film and the impact of movie music by bringing cinephiles a unique public viewing of one of Lon Chaney’s great performances as Tito Beppi in LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH (1929) on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. The silent film has not been seen in public for decades because its original score was lost, but thanks to TCM’s annual Young Film Composers Competition, it has received a new score and a new life. The Jan. 30 screening will be the first and only public presentation of the film with its new score before it premieres on TCM Feb. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. […]
Pianist-Host Mona Golabek invites the the public to hear the Maestro’s favorite classical pieces and read selections of his favorite poetry. See playlist for this week’s showtimes and stations (December 7—Los Angeles, KMZT – 105.1 FM 10:00PM and flagship station WQXR 96.3 FM, New York, at Midnight)
Elmer Bernstein has been nominated for his fourteenth Academy Award® for his critically acclaimed score for “Far From Heaven.” He heard the news from his oldest son, who informed him that he has the distinction of being the only person to be nominated in six consecutive decades. “Does that mean I’ve been around for awhile?” he queried. “I’m thrilled to be in such heady company.”
The film also received nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Julianne Moore), Best Original Screenplay (Todd Haynes) and Best Cinematography (Edward Lachman).
10th Annual San Louis Obispo Film Festival Anniversary Salutes Academy Award-winning Composer
Elmer Bernstein received the King Vidor Memorial Award for lifetime achievement at a black-tie gala ceremony Sunday, October 27th, 2002 at the historic Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo. As part of the evening’s festivities, a screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird” followed the award presentation.
The festival, headed by Mary Harris, also presented a recently-restored “Sweet Smell of Success” and “The Magnificent Seven” as part of its regular festival programming. James C. Katz, film producer and one of the world’s leading film restorers, presented the award to Elmer Bernstein.
Special 80th Birthday Celebration Features a Surprise "Encore"
Elmer Bernstein, who was invited by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct a program of his own compositions at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday, October 9, 2002, had quite a surprise awaiting him following his scheduled encore of “The Great Escape.” […]
The Fall Program Features a Rare Viewing of James Jones' Adapation of "Some Came Running," Scored By Bernstein
On Sunday, October 6th, the National Film Theatre will honor Elmer Bernstein with a screening of the 1958 film, “Some Came Running,” and post-screening Q&A with Bernstein and protégé, British composer Cynthia Millar. […]
Q&A With Elmer Bernstein, Director Todd Haynes, and Composer Cynthia Millar Takes Place at the Conclusion of Film
“Far From Heaven,” featuring a score by Elmer Bernstein, has been chosen as the closing film of the 3rd Annual Woodstock Film Festival and will feature a Q&A following the screening Sunday, September 22. Director Todd Haynes will share the dais with Bernstein and protégé Cynthia Millar, who played piano in the score. […]
Academy Award-winning composer Elmer Bernstein and Fleetwood Mac Founder and drummer Mick Fleetwood were honored for lifetime achievement at this year’s Emerging Artists and Technology in Music (EATM) conference. On hand for panels and discussions at the conference that ran May 29–31 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were Ark 21 Records CEO Miles Copeland, EMI Recorded Music senior vp Jay Samit, composer James Newton Howard, Universal Music Group/Universal Pictures president of film music Kathy Nelson and music executive Lou Mann. Bernstein was surprised and delighted when a birthday cake was wheeled out in his honor and a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday greeted him.
Last Thursday the El Circulo Theatre shined, as in its better days, with a full house. It was not the habitual concert crowd. Without a doubt, how comforting it was to listen to the untimed applause in an overflowing theatre.
The program introduced Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra by Elmer Bernstein accompanied by the Orquesta Sinfonica Provincial de Rosario with Sergio Puccini as guitar soloist. Read the entire review…
Bernstein to Conduct Concert of Films Scores from Past 50 Years
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has invited Elmer Bernstein to return to Glasgow on May 10th to perform at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in honor of his 80th birthday.
“The RSNO and Elmer Bernstein have a long-standing relationship. We last performed together to celebrate his 75th Birthday, both in Glasgow and London back in 1997, and everyone at the RSNO has very affectionate memories of working with him. We therefore wish Mr. Bernstein a very happy 80th Birthday, and we all very much look forward welcoming our friend back in May,” stated Daniel Pollitt, press officer of RSNO.