Epic sound : music in postwar Hollywood biblical films /

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Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press,, United States, p.x, 272 pages : (2015)

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Bible films, Film composers., History and criticism., Motion picture music, United States.


Includes bibliographical references and index.A biblical story for the post-World War II generation? : Victor Young's music for DeMille's Samson and Delilah -- Turning away from "concocted spectacle" : Alfred Newman's score for David and Bathsheba -- Spectacle and authenticity in Miklós Rózsa's Quo vadis score -- Novel and film, music and miracle : Alfred Newman's score to The robe -- Spirit and empire : Elmer Bernstein's score to The Ten Commandments -- The law of genre and the music for Ben-Hur -- King of kings and the problem of repetition -- Suoni nuovi, suoni antich i: the soundscapes of Barabbas -- Universality, transcendence, and collapse : music and the greatest story ever told.