The 50 Day Movie Challenge asks one question every day, to be answered by a few paragraphs and a clip, if possible. Click here for the full list of questions.
Today’s prompt: What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
This one took me a while to think about, and I’ll probably change my mind five minutes from now. I mean, first of all, there’s the question of original instrumental scores vs. song-based soundtracks, both of which I assume are included within the scope of the topic. Then there’s the fact that a lot of my favorite instrumental soundtracks depend strongly on existing classical music, like the Tree of Life soundtrack pulling from Smetana’s Ma Vlast or True Romance‘s score based on Carl Orff. Of course, using existing music well is a huge bonus to a lot of movies, and I really respect directors/composers who do that.
But I think for now I’ll go with Ennio Morricone’s score for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, which is both totally original, unique, and incredibly influential. All of Morricone’s scores are awesome, but there’s none more iconic than The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. And it’s one of the few instrumental scores I own and listen to regularly.