Thursday, August 19, 2004

Elmer Bernstein

From the New York Times:

Elmer Bernstein, the versatile, Oscar-winning composer who scored such movie classics as “The Ten Commandments,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Great Escape” and “True Grit,” died Wednesday. He was 82.


Bernstein was nominated for the Academy Award 14 times, most recently in 2002 for “Far From Heaven.”

Oddly enough, his only win was for the 1967 film “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” one of his weaker works.

Among his more notable efforts were the scores for “Some Came Running,” “Birdman of Alcatraz,” “The Great Escape,” “Hawaii,” “The Great Santini,” “Cast a Giant Shadow,” “My Left Foot,” “A River Runs Through It,” “Devil in a Blue Dress” and “The Age of Innocence.” He also composed several works for symphony orchestras.

“To Kill A Mockingbird” was the first “adult” film my parents me to see when I was all of ten years old. That simple theme gets stuck in my head as easily as does the rollicking “Magnificent Seven.” He will be missed.