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20 Songs You Should Download This Month

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Cameron shares 20 movie soundtrack songs to download (before the streaming days!) from the November, 2005 issue of Blender Magazine.

20 Songs You Should Download This Month

Cameron Crowe, Director of Elizabethtown and soundtrack geek extraordinaire, selects his all-time favorite movie tunes

1.Harry Nilsson – “Jump Into The Fire” – Goodfellas (Atlantic)

A perfect Scorsese marriage of visuals and song. And, of course, a lot of blow.

 

2. Aimee Mann – “Wise Up” – Magnolia (Reprise)

One of my favorite Aimee Mann songs, used here to a worshipful degree.

3. Henry Mancini – “Moon River” – Breakfast At Tiffany’s (RCA)

Audrey Hepburn, Henry Mancini, Blake Edwards – all at their JFK-era peak.

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Sep 25, 2017

Meet the Crew: Jeff Wexler – Production Sound Mixer

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Jeff on the set of Elizabethtown. Picture courtesy of Jeff Wexler.

Jeff Wexler has been working in the film industry since he was an intern on Harold and Maude back in 1971.  His career spans more than four decades with such varied films as Foul Play, Being There, The Natural, Spaceballs, Independence Day, Fight Club and Mission Impossible III. We spoke on location working on his sixth film with Cameron, Aloha. 

Looking back on your 40 year career in the film industry, I read that you had no plans to follow in your dad’s footsteps (preeminent cinematographer Haskell Wexler). Tell us how working a summer job on Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude changed your life?

I had been on sets with my father probably since about the age of two. I was very familiar with what goes on when making a movie but when I started to think about what I would do “when I grow up” it never crossed my mind that I would work on movies. I spent 5 years in college preparing to teach sociology at the college level. One summer I think my father felt that I had been in school long enough and needed a summer job. Of course he got me a job on a movie, working as a production assistant in the Art Department on Harold and Maude. I had known Hal Ashby from times spent going to dailies with my father, visiting the editing room (Hal was an Academy Award winning editor on several movies my father had shot), so I was quite comfortable on the set again, with people I knew. What I was not prepared for was how I felt, for the first time, being on a movie, not as a visitor but as a participant. I fell in love with the movies. When the movie wrapped I made the decision: teaching was out — I would pursue a career working on movies.

Describe to our readers the duties of a Sound Mixer?

I am a Production Sound Mixer and it is the responsibility, with my crew, for all the sound that is recorded during production. This is primarily dialog recording, but we also record sound effects, ambiences, music (sometimes live performances depending on the movie). Many others will work on the soundtrack for a movie in post production (i.e. sound designer, sound editorial, foley, music composer, re-recording mixer, etc.) but the production sound recordings are the primary and fundamental basis for the movie.

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Jun 15, 2015

Archives: Greatest Rock Movies Ever

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Cameron shared his Greatest Rock Movies Ever with Premiere magazine back in March, 2004. With recent docs like The Swell Season and new films such as Inside Llewyn Davis coming out soon, it might be time to revisit, but let’s check it out.

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Nov 7, 2013

AFI Interviews

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Cameron chats with AFI in these video interviews for AFI’s TV specials circa 2000. Topics include classic films Harold and Maude, It Happened One Night and the magnificent Audrey Hepburn.

 

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Oct 2, 2012

Almost Famous + Harold and Maude Double Feature!

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Kind of ironic after the post earlier this week, but I just found out that the Ritzy Picturehouse in Brixton, UK will be playing a double feature of Almost Famous and Harold and Maude this weekend! The showing will be Sunday, June 17th. More details over at their official site.

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Jun 14, 2012

Harold and Maude Goes Criterion

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As you may know, Cameron is a big fan of Harold and Maude, Hal Ashby’s 1971 cult classic starring Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon. Criterion has recently released the film on DVD and Blu-ray and we wanted to bring it to your attention. If you haven’t seen it, we urge you to give it a look. The disc is also filled with some great extra features.

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Optional remastered uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary by Hal Ashby biographer Nick Dawson and producer Charles B. Mulvehill
  • Illustrated audio excerpts from seminars by Ashby and writer-producer Colin Higgins
  • New interview with songwriter Yusuf/Cat Stevens
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Matt Zoller Seitz; a 1971 New York Times profile of star Ruth Gordon; and two excerpted interviews, one from 1997 with star Bud Cort and cinematographer John Alonzo and one from 2001 with executive producer Mildred Lewis
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Jun 13, 2012

Vinyl Films Does Vinyl

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You’ve seen our Vinyl Films Records section, right? There has been a total of 18 full length and EP releases so far. The last release was Mark Kozelek’s Live at the Union Chapel & Södra Teatern. Other releases including the now out of print Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Into the Wild and Harold & Maude soundtracks. Check out the section for more details, pictures and track listings.

 

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May 17, 2012

Top 10 (or so) Music Moments in Film

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In June 2009, to celebrate Empire magazine’s 2oth anniversary, Cameron shared his Top 10 (Or So) Music Moments in Film. Some of his usual favorites (The Royal Tenenbaums, Live A Little, Love A Little, Harold & Maude, Heima, etc.) are here, but you’ll also find some hidden and rarely mentioned films too. Dig into his list and then share your thoughts too.

What are your favorites? Share your favorite musical moments from cinema!

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Oct 17, 2011

Mike Finger’s The Blue and the Black