AFI’s Master Class – The Art of Collaboration with Steven Spielberg and John Williams
by Phil Boatwright

One of the most prolific and influential artistic collaborations in films history – the four-decade friendship and working relationship between filmmaker Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams takes center stage Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8:p.m. (ET) on TCM (Turner Classic Movies).

With an audience comprised solely of AFI students, the two artists discuss films that inspired themand present clips from these classic films. They also present and discuss their own collaborative work to illustrate different aspects of filmmaking. The program concludes with a Q&A session with the AFI Fellows.

Interesting, entertaining and completely involving, this is a must see for film students and movie buffs. Click for more info from TCM.

Themes like To Kill A Mockingbird, The Magnificent Seven or The Pink Panther Theme set the mood of the film, and beautifully so. Indeed, To Kill A Mockingbird may be the most beautiful film music ever composed. Or perhaps that honor goes to Dave Grusin’s The Milagro Beanfield War, or maybe Miklos Rozsa’s King of Kings. Or how about Bernard Herrmann’s The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Is there a better film score than that one?

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