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Ebert on ‘Jaws,’ the blockbuster that put the bite in the summer movie season

“Jaws,” the 1975 blockbuster that launched the summer-movie season, also shifted the action-film genre into high gear. From the “Transformers”…

Richard Kaufman puts ‘Jaws’ at the top of a list of ‘perfect’ film scores

Although it’s just two repeated notes, the ominous attack theme in “Jaws” ranks among the best known in all cinema….

Totally jawsome! Seven of the toothiest sharks in popular culture

Just when sharks might have thought it was safe to splash around in the pop-culture waters … Jaws the best-selling book…

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…

Two notes that changed the film world: John Williams’ theme for ‘Jaws’

John Williams’ score for “Jaws” (1975), considered one of the best soundtracks of all time, centers on a simple two-note…

Cue the shrieking violins; it’s time for some ‘Psycho’ trivia

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1960), next up in the CSO at the Movies series on May 26, changed the course of…

‘I remember Tommy’: the CSO’s Gene Pokorny on his ‘Jaws’ mentor

For CSO Principal Tuba Gene Pokorny, joining guest conductor Richard Kaufman and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in providing live accompaniment…

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…

It’s a ‘Wonderful’ score that Dimitri Tiomkin wrote for the Capra classic

If you think you know “It’s a Wonderful Life” forward and backward, you’re about to get a chance to experience…

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…

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…