HISTORY & SURVEY OF FILM MUSIC

Leonard Rosenman

(1924 - 2008)


1955    East of Eden

1955    Rebel Without a Cause

1966    Fantastic Voyage

1970    Beneath the Planet of the Apes

1986    Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home

When James Dean was killed in a car crash in 1955, he had made only three feature films: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant. Leonard Rosenman scored two of those films, and contributed greatly to the sound associated with those films, and James Dean himself.


Rosenman’s music reflects the musical language of mid-century concert music composers. Highly dissonant with a touch of Jazz, his music infused films with a strong tension and color. 

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

In this iconic James Dean classic, Rosenman’s music is a perfect match for the distortions of youthful dysfunction and carelessness. Sounds of the post-war concert hall found a place in post-war film, directly contradicting the idyllic stereotype of 1950’s America.

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) - Meeting the girl

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) - The Chicken Game

Fantastic Voyage (1966) - Theatrical Trailer

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