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antheil


Overview
List of Films
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Antheil's prolific output as a film composer seems to have hardly interfered with his ability to compose serious "art" music during the 1940's and 50's. Although he admits in his autobiography, and in many letters, that the values of Hollywood were completely different from his own, he also seems to have adapted well to the environment of the studios. During the last years of his life, he kept to a rigorous and exhausting schedule that enabled him to write soundtracks as well as compose art music and promote his career with his publishers and with major conductors of the period.

 

"Antheil was a master synthesist of ideas derived from outside and possessed a long retention of them; the Woman Sonata of 1923 opens with a quotation from the second tableau of Stravinsky’s Le sacre du Printemps, which Antheil referred to again in his film score for Daughter of Horror, written thirty years later."
—David Lewis

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List of Films Available on Video

"Two Faces West" (1960) TV Series
Pride and the Passion, The (1957)
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) (uncredited) aka Beast from Space, aka The Giant Ymir
Giant Claw, The (1957) (uncredited)
Young Don't Cry, The (1957)
Werewolf, The (1956) (uncredited)
Daughter of Horror (1955) aka Dementia (1955)
Not as a Stranger (1955)
Panther Girl of the Kongo (1955) (uncredited) aka Panther Girl of the Congo (1955)
Hunters of the Deep (1955)
Jesse James' Women (1954)
Flame of Calcutta (1953) (uncredited)
Juggler, The (1953)
Man in the Dark (1953) (uncredited)
Mission Over Korea (1953) (stock music)
including photos, (uncredited)
Serpent of the Nile (1953) (uncredited)
Sniper, The (1952)
Harem Girl (1952) (stock music) (uncredited)
Sirocco (1951)
China Corsair (1951)
Magic Carpet, The (1951) (uncredited)
In a Lonely Place (1950)
House by the River (1950)
Tokyo Joe (1949)
Fighting Kentuckian, The (1949) aka Strange Caravan, A (1949)
We Were Strangers (1949)
Knock on Any Door (1949)
Repeat Performance (1947)
Plainsman and the Lady, The (1946)
Specter of the Rose (1946)
That Brennan Girl (1946)
Cry of the Werewolf (1944) (uncredited) aka Daughter of the Werewolf
Bar 20 (1943) (uncredited)
Border Patrol (1943) (uncredited)
Colt Comrades (1943) (uncredited)
Border Vigilantes (1941) (uncredited)
Devil Commands, The (1941) (uncredited) aka Devil Said No, The... aka When the Devil Commands
Angels Over Broadway (1940)
Union Pacific (1939)
Bar 20 Justice (1938) (uncredited) ... aka Justice
Buccaneer, The (1938)
Thunder Trail (1937) ... aka Thunder Pass
Hopalong Rides Again (1937)
Make Way for Tomorrow
Plainsman, The (1936)
Once in a Blue Moon (1936)
Scoundrel, The (1935)
Actors and Sin
This listing is drawn from the Amazaon.com iMDb film archive database.

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Classics, nonetheless

The listing above includes films with which Antheil was only peripherally involved. However, he wrote full soundtracks for many of these releases, some of which have remained staples of the repertoire. The Classic Film Network (US) screens many of these on a regular basis. Others, such as the Pride and the Passion, are considered to be deservedly forgotten. One viewer wrote of this film:
"Sinatra as a Spanish revolutionary - no comment needed; Cary Grant never gets a wrinkle or a smudge while schlepping this huge cannon across mountains during the war. Everybody over-acts even the donkeys. Sophia Loren is firmly convincing as a support system for an amazing decolletage."
Meanwhile, Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide describes Angles Over Broadway as:
"Mordant, ahead-of-its-time black comedy in which hustler Fairbanks decides to do ``one good deed''--rescuing suicidal embezzler Qualen--aided by chorus girl Hayworth and boozy Mitchell (who spouts reams of sardonic dialogue in a bravura performance)."

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