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Roger Ebert on ‘Amadeus’: ‘Mozart as an 18th-century Springsteen’

“Amadeus,” Milos Forman’s lavish movie about Mozart, dares to be anarchic and saucy, and yet still earns the importance of tragedy,…


‘Amadeus’ & ‘North by Northwest’ fill out CSO at the Movies series

The 2016-17 CSO at the Movies series has been finalized with two additional titles, the Oscar-winning “Amadeus” (1984) on April…


Bruce Broughton evokes the sound of classic Westerns for ‘Silverado’

Academy Award-nominated composer Bruce Broughton is a Hollywood mainstay, with more than a three-decade output of scores for movies such…


The adventure continues with ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ film score

The movie opens with the Paramount Pictures mountain centered on a backdrop of clouds rolling across the screen. The logo…


Ebert on ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: ‘an ageless movie that improves with age’

What’s remarkable about Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” is how well it holds up over the years; it’s one of those ageless movies, like “Casablanca” or “The Third Man,” that improves with age.


As film and score, ‘Ivan the Terrible’ a work of stunning complexity

Ivan IV, Russia’s first czar, united a vast, multi-ethnic expanse under a single crown during the latter half of the…

Tom Hulce and Elizabeth Berridge in "Amadeus"

Richard Kaufman explains why ‘Amadeus’ stands the test of time

In 1984, an opulent 18th-century period drama became something of an unexpected hit: “Amadeus.” Based on a play by Peter…


Roger Ebert on ‘Back to the Future’: It’s a film in the Capra tradition

One of the seminal movies of the ’80s, “Back to the Future” marked its 30th anniversary last year. Directed and…


The man who put the oomph in ‘Silverado’ and other soundtracks

This coming October marks the 10th year of the passing of Tommy Johnson. That name is probably not familiar to many…

Justin Freer leads members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in "The Godfather." | © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

For the CSO at the Movies team, ‘it’s all in the preparation’

How does a conductor lead an orchestra in the performance of a live movie score? It’s bit like the “how…

ON THE WATERFRONT, Marlon Brando, 1954

How Bernstein shook up the status quo with ‘On the Waterfront’

In his autobiography A Life (1988), director Elia Kazan outlined the reasons “On the Waterfront” (1954), universally regarded as his…