EPISODE 490: artist profile of JOHN WILLIAMS part 2

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4 Responses

  1. Juhani Kenttä says:

    Let me be the guy who suggests that Home Alone is actually one of Williams’ more underrated scores and Jurassic Park one of his more overrated ones. Thank you.

  2. Chris Mosher says:

    A good episode. The first films I remember seeing were a drive in double feature of ET and Jedi. I wonder if I missed it last episode but was there any discussion of the influence that Holst and the Planets had on Williams and his work especially Star Wars.

  3. Benny Washer says:

    I have had enough!!! David, I’m sorry your time is precious, but let the men speak!! This was an awesome episode and I wish West and Tyler went longer!

  4. David says:

    Here are links to the relevant spots in a couple of interviews with Spielberg that affirm a lot of what West said. He’s delightfully honest about Hook.

    Steven Spielberg interviewed by Kermode & Mayo on January 25, 2013
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnwQDgssrwk&t=17m48s

    (best to start at 17:48, but at 19:25 is the relevant bit)

    Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode interview Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks on November 20, 2015
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXJHJ1Kr9IQ&t=16m16s

    I remembered the musical thing too. It was a development rumor in the 80’s that Spielberg wanted to make one, and was considering doing Cats as an arty sort of animated film (which I wish had been true), or Peter Pan as a musical, considering Michael Jackson for the role – he would have been a grown-up, apparently a pretty early decision. Given the opening number in Temple of Doom, I was pretty excited to see him take this on. When Hook came out and was what it was, I was pretty shocked. It just sat there, being bad, like a disappointing Star Wars toy. It was a pretty disillusioning time. Hook followed Always and The Last Crusade forming kind of a triple play of suck for me.

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