Best Film Music Ever


Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin


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One of the most educational “original movie soundtracks” available on CD is Last Tango in Paris – Expanded. Why did Gato Barbieri’s original 1972 album, beloved as one of the greatest jazz scores in cinema, need expanding? Because – like so many soundtrack albums – what it delivered was not the music heard in the film, but a re-recorded and re-arranged performance. The actual ‘cues’ Barbieri composed for Bertolucci are different – and often just a few seconds long. Soundtrack albums have today become a fetish-item. What if we tried to appreciate the art of the cue, and its place within cinema, differently?

© Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin, January 2023