LP0340. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Elmer Bernstein), 1963 Soundtrack, Conducted by the COMPOSER. AVA stereo AS-20.
“One of the finest film scores ever composed. Without a doubt, Elmer Bernstein's finest hour. And with a repertoire like his, that's saying a great deal. There are those equally great scores which come to mind: Bernard Herrmann's PSYCHO, Jerry Goldsmith's PLANET OF THE APES, Alex North's SPARTACUS, John Williams' JAWS and Hans Zimmer's GLADIATOR. There are only a handful of others.
Bernstein captivates the listener with the poignant simplicity of a chlid's view of life. Life in this case is deep, warm, delightful and sometimes even terrifying. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD tells the Harper Lee story of Atticus Finch [Gregory Peck], a small-town lawyer in the South, who defends a poor black man unjustly accused of raping a white girl.
Wisely, director Robert Mulligan and composer Bernstein realized that the heart of the story is the children's view of what was happening: their father's principled stand against the bigotry of the town in which they lived; how that stand was an expression of his beliefs; and how such beliefs were the basis for the warmth and love that characterized their life.
With TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Elmer Bernstein brought all of his previous experience as an artist to bear on achieving the beauty of simple charm, dignity and lasting value.
The American Film Institute named Atticus Finch the greatest movie hero of the 20th century. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD was acknowledged as the best film in the courtroom drama genre.”
- Ned Ludd