JERRY GOLDSMITH &
A MATCH FROM THE GODS IN CINEMA HEAVEN
Film history is replete with more than a few artistic “marriages”. Famous actor- actor pairings like Tracey / Hepburn; actor-director “brotherhoods” along the lines of Scorcese / DeNiro; and of course well known and loved director- composer collaborations. Bernard Herrmann & Alfred Hitchcock (PSYCHO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, VERTIGO, et al), David Cronenberg & Howard Shore (THE BROOD, SCANNERS, THE FLY, NAKED LUNCH, etc.), Spielberg / Williams (JAWS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, SCHINDLER’S LIST and more); and of course Jerry Goldsmith & Franklin J. Schaffner (PATTON, PLANET OF THE APES, ISLANDS IN THE STREAM, THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL). But there was also Jerry Goldsmith & Robert Wise (THE SAND PEBBLES, STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE); Goldsmith & Joe Dante (GREMLINS, INNERSPACE, THE ’BURBS); Goldsmith / Frankenheimer (SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, SECONDS), Goldsmith / Scott (ALIEN, LEGEND), Goldsmith / Verhoeven (TOTAL RECALL, BASIC INSTINCT, HOLLOW MAN), Goldsmith / Hanson (THE RIVER WILD, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL) and, … well, you see where this is headed. It’s an accepted natural world axiom that lightning never strikes twice in one place. And in Hollywood creative circles it's even more unlikely. It’s therefore nothing short of unheard of that a single artist of any filmic discipline would be so respected and in demand over the course of their career as to strike up not one or two creative “lightning strike” relationships with a fellow artist, but to enjoy a long and impressive list of such repeated collaborations. But such was the case with the late (and to call him “truly great” is an understatement ) composer JERRY GOLDSMITH (1929 -2004).
Michael Crichton (1942 - 2008)
Those following our site‘s “online library” of articles are aware of the esteem in which we hold the legendary composer, with clips of his music and background info on his scores woven into the fabric of our articles on TORA! TORA! TORA!, “The History of THE PLANET OF THE APES”, THE SATAN BUG, LOGAN’S RUN and more. In fact type his name in this page’s search window and get two pages of references on our site alone for his films spanning the last half century. An odd footnote however is that even amongst film and music aficionados, one of Goldsmith’s most prolific, versatile and repeated artistic collaborations is also one of his least lauded - that of his seven time pairing with equally legendary techno-thriller novelist / screenwriter / director & producer MICHAEL CRICHTON (1942 - 2008).
Crichton - the immensely popular multi-hyphenate talent behind THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, WESTWORLD, JURASSIC PARK, DISCLOSURE, TWISTER, THE LOST WORLD, TIMELINE, TV’s E.R. and a slew of other hits, and Goldsmith, were more than “another pair” of filmic collaborators. From their first partnering in 1972 on Crichton’s film directorial debut (the TV movie PURSUIT - based on the author’s biological terrorism novel BINARY written under the pseudonym “John Lange”) to their final pairing on TIMELINE (the composer’s operatic score to Richard Donner’s 2003 time travel thriller ultimately replaced by one by Brian Tyler) would develop a 30 + year friendship with the dramatic sensibilities of each man's work never ceasing to compliment the other hand and glove; and with both men always maintaining a high regard for the other’s artistic abilities.