8 Great Scores from Henry Mancini

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  • beetleypete says:

    Mancini is undeniably a master, though you chose to include ‘Breakfast’, which is unfortunately one of my least favourite films. Both leads cannot sing, and detract from the otherwise excellent songs. I just find myself asking why? (Why?)
    Best wishes from Norfolk, Pete.

    • Rachel T says:

      Your comment actually made me laugh a little Pete! While it’s true that they’re not perhaps the best of singers, (and I have to say Breakfast at Tiffany’s is not a particular favourite film of mine either) I feel like Audrey’s voice is quite charming, and goes well with the almost innocent hope for that ‘rainbow’s end’.

  • beetleypete says:

    Glad to raise a smile Rachel! I understand what you mean about the intentional fragility of Hepburn. I have to confess that I don’t really rate her, and think that ‘Breakfast’ is one of the most woefully miscast films ever. Just a personal opinion of course. I was pleased to read your article though, and I don’t doubt that there are plenty out there who will disagree with my contention.
    Very best wishes, Pete.

  • The music from Charade was wonderful wasn’t it? And really added to the atmosphere of the film. Great post!

  • I never knew that Mancini considered Two for the Road to be his favorite…I would have thought he’d like Moon River best. My personal favorites are It Had Better Be Tonight, The Sweetheart Tree, and Whistling Away the Dark. Man, did that guy boast an impressive filmography! My father always held the belief that Mancini wished he had written “Jean” because he includes that song on many of his record albums. If you didn’t know it, you’d think he did write it..such a lovely song.

    • Rachel T says:

      Oh yes, “Jean” is indeed a very charming song. When I heard it in the film though, I didn’t quite understand why such a pretty and winsome tune supposedly went hand in hand with the almost ominous character of Jean Brodie herself. Then again, perhaps the song is a representation of how Jean wanted to be remembered, in all her romanticised glory.

  • Have you seen Love Story? The main theme was also by Henri Mancini and I think is one of the most beautiful melodies ever…

    • Rachel T says:

      Yes, Love Story is a wonderful theme! The music though I think was written by the Francis Lai, a French composer who also wrote the very memorable score of A Man and a Woman. Mancini, if I remember correctly, did release a particularly lovely recording of Love Story.

  • Lovely choices. Two For the Road is my favorite, too – but I can’t help humming the Pink Panther theme for hours after I hear it. His music was always beautiful and always enhanced the film.

    • Rachel T says:

      Very true – Mancini’s scores always fit so perfectly with the films which they accompanied. And yes, there seems to be nothing more catchy than that Pink Panther theme!

  • AL says:

    Rachel–good stuff–though it was TV show, I think the Mancini music for PETER GUNN should always be included in any list of his work…AL

    • Rachel T says:

      The theme from Peter Gunn is indeed one of Mancini’s great works (and there are of course certainly many). However, in this article I limited myself to only his film scores and so did not include it.

  • AL says:

    …and don’t forget ARABESQUE

  • cricketmuse says:

    It must have been difficult limiting your selections! As a baby boomer I’m ever so glad I experienced most of these movies first hand and understand all aspects of that era. Hepburn fought to have her song left in–and yes, it does capture her innocence, more so because she isn’t a trained singer.

  • a gray says:

    Mancini’s movie scores evoke a time so different from ours. A time of romance.

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