HISTORY & SURVEY OF FILM MUSIC

Michael Kamen

(1948 - 2003)

1985  Brazil

1986  Highlander

1987  Lethal Weapon

1988  Die Hard

1988  The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

1991  Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

1992  Tales from the Crypt (TV)

1993  The Three Musketeers

1995  Mr. Holland’s Opus

1998  From the Earth to the Moon (TV)

2000  X-Men

2001  Band of Brothers (TV)

With a background in both rock and classical music, Michael Kamen began his career writing arrangements for rock acts such as Pink Floyd (The Wall), Queen, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Metallica, and many others.  He was among the most successful film composers of the late 1980‘s and 1990’s, and brought a fresh approach to the fusion of rock and classical genres. Among his most notable scores are those for director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen).


Brazil (1985)

“Brazil” is a dark British comedy that has been referred to as a “dystopian satire”. Set in a futuristic totalitarian society, the film centers on Sam Lowry (played by Jonathan Pryce), who as a low-level government bureaucrat, finds himself flagged as a terrorist after causing a typo on a government document. The film’s absurd nature and surreal visuals are a trademark of film maker Terry Gilliam. Kamen’s compositional skills are on full display, creating a disjointed and eclectic, yet masterful score.

Brazil (1985) - Ministry of Information

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) - Theatrical Trailer

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