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Americanization Of Emily, The



Americanization Of Emily, The (1964)

Johnny Mandel 

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Theme and Variations
Thomas Kiefner (February 16, 2002)
First of all you will find this an extremely difficult one to find. To the best of my knowledge it is only available on LP and it took me several years of searching to obtain it. There are many complitation cd's that have the main title but beyond that I have never found anything. Perhaps Film Score Monthly will consider doing the soundtrack in the future. What puzzled me about the soundtrack was the fact that it won no awards or nominations for Oscars. The main theme Emily, was a wonderful theme recorded by some of the giants at the time. With lyrics by Johnny Mercer, it was recorded by Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, and Jack Jones. In addition, it became a staple for the jazz pianist Bill Evans. In spite of this it received very little attention in hollywood.

Like his oscar winning score from The Sandpiper (The Shadow of Your Smile), Johnny Mandel takes a melodic theme and uses it very effectively in the entire score. He many times disguises the theme but it is there in many different forms. Because the film takes place in England he also wrote an effective British march which of course complements the appropriate scenes. But it is Emily in many different forms which makes this soundtrack a winner.

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