Credit to Bill Gold
When I first stumbled across this video, I thought I was imagining things. Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979) is one of those composers that you don’t necessarily expect to find with a recorded interview. He worked during the late Golden-Age of Hollywood, coming to California after the stock market crashed in 1929, and getting his big break by scoring Lost Horizon in 1937.
In this video, Tiomkin is interviewed and talks about film music and his score for the James Dean picture Giant (1956). Giant follows a single Texas family over the course of a quarter-century, from the 1920s until the post-World War II era. It was also the final film to star James Dean, who tragically died in a car accident before the film’s release.
This is probably one of the oldest interviews of this type that I will ever find, and it provides an invaluable look into classic Hollywood film music. I firmly believe that in order to appreciate film music being made now, we must look at what has come before, so on that note, I hope you enjoy listening to Tiomkin discuss his work.
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