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KFMF18: Penderecki, Goldenthal make spines tingle

By Ray Bennett KRAKÓW – Krzysztof Penderecki does not make music for movies, directors make films for his music. That, at least, is how it appeared at the Kraków Film Music Festival’s Penderecki2Cinema concert Wednesday evening. The legendary Polish composer … Continue reading

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KFMF18: Elliot Goldenthal on the ability to inspire

By Ray Bennett KRAKÓW – American composer Elliot Goldenthal paid tribute to two Polish heroes at a media conference to open the 11th annual Krakow Film Music Festival today. Oscar-winner for “Frida” and recipient of the festival’s first Wojciech Kilar … Continue reading

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KFMF18: Michael Nyman: Music that defines a world

By Ray Bennett KRAKOW – When Michael Nyman asked director Jane Campion why she chose him to write the music for her 1996 film “The Piano”, she said something that pleased the iconic British composer very much. “You’re the only … Continue reading

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Diversity in the top Academy Awards: a look at the numbers

By Ray Bennett LONDON – In the discussion about diversity in the top prizes of the Academy Awards, it’s worth noting that the Oscar for best director has gone to a white American male only five times in the 16 … Continue reading

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‘The Shape of Water’ leads BAFTA 2018 film nominations

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The BAFTA Film Awards nominations for 2018 are the usual mix of richly deserved and dubious possibilities with full marks for the inclusion of ‘The Shape of Water’ (pictured) and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ … Continue reading

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‘Shape ofWater’, ‘Three Billboards’ in London crix noms

Announcement today by the  Film Critics Circle, of which I am a proud member. LONDON, 19 DECEMBER 2017: The UK’s leading film critics today announced the nominations for the 38th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards presented by Dover Street … Continue reading

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FIMUCITÉ Concert: Warriors From the Silver Screen

By Ray Bennett TENERIFE – “Exceptional!” That’s the word used by maestro Diego Navarro – the superstar of the Fimucité Film Music Festival, who knows a thing or two about great orchestras – to describe the performance of the festival’s … Continue reading

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Do film critics matter any more?

By Ray Bennett LONDON – When everyone is a critic, who needs critics? It’s a question asked more and more in the movie industry as the ranks of mainstream critics dwindle and the tide of those with something to say online … Continue reading

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KFMF: Krakow salutes one of its own: Abel Korzeniowski

By Ray Bennett Krakow – Composer Abel Korzeniowski, who left Poland to find success scoring films in Hollywood, was given the key to the city of his birth and standing ovations following a concert of his music at the ICE … Continue reading

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Krakow Film Music Festival celebrates first decade

By Ray Bennett KRAKOW – The 10th annual Krakow Film Music Festival (KFMF) kicked off today and as organisers looked back on the domestic and international success of the Polish event, there was one key element: “The magic word is … Continue reading

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