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 Post subject: What If Donaggio Had Scored Scarface?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:58 pm 
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Personally, I could not imagine this film being as memorable without the soundtrack by Giorgio Moroder, which by the way should have been released in full many years ago.

That said, I can't help but wonder what a Pino Donaggio score and songs would have been like if Bregman and De Palma had sought him for the project. He is very well versed in pop and thriller styled composition, so it could've been quite interesting no matter which direction he would have been ordered to go.


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 Post subject: Re: What If Donaggio Had Scored Scarface?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:56 am 
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I often feel like this about other movie scores, especially when unfortunately the composer in question is no longer with us.

If Pino had been taken on to score Scarface it would have been an interesting listening experience for sure & no doubt would have already released by one label or another even with Universal's waiting game.


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 Post subject: Re: What If Donaggio Had Scored Scarface?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:04 pm 
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Giorgio Moroder became the sexy musical voice of drug films of the late 70s / early 80s, Midnight Express, Scarface, American Gigolo while Pino Donaggio was off on some bloody, murderous tangent with Tourist Trap, Piranha and Dressed To Kill.

I've always thought Hannibal should have been scored by Ennio Morricone instead of Hans Zimmer. The Onion Field should have been scored by Jerry Goldsmith instead of Eumir Deodato sounding like Elmer Goldsmith and Jerry Bernstein.

Watch what auto correct does when I type Pino Donaggio... Pink DiMaggio. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: What If Donaggio Had Scored Scarface?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:28 am 
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WorkingWithKnives wrote:
Giorgio Moroder became the sexy musical voice of drug films of the late 70s / early 80s, Midnight Express, Scarface, American Gigolo while Pino Donaggio was off on some bloody, murderous tangent with Tourist Trap, Piranha and Dressed To Kill.

I've always thought Hannibal should have been scored by Ennio Morricone instead of Hans Zimmer. The Onion Field should have been scored by Jerry Goldsmith instead of Eumir Deodato sounding like Elmer Goldsmith and Jerry Bernstein.

Watch what auto correct does when I type Pino Donaggio... Pink DiMaggio. :lol:


Another "What If" scenario is what if Herrmann had lived throughout the '80s. As with Fielding, I sometimes think about whether his musical imprint would have changed with the vastly different times. A Herrmann score for Carrie would likely have been similar to his other horror/thriller scores of the time, but it's a fascinating thought as to what a Herrmann score for '80s fare like Scarface would have been like if he had lived and De Palma was able to keep him as a go-to composer. It's a safe bet, though, that he would not have been involved in producing catchy songs, and given his age, he probably would have retired before that era came about.


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 Post subject: Re: What If Donaggio Had Scored Scarface?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:53 am 
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T. Newman Fan wrote:
WorkingWithKnives wrote:
Giorgio Moroder became the sexy musical voice of drug films of the late 70s / early 80s, Midnight Express, Scarface, American Gigolo while Pino Donaggio was off on some bloody, murderous tangent with Tourist Trap, Piranha and Dressed To Kill.

I've always thought Hannibal should have been scored by Ennio Morricone instead of Hans Zimmer. The Onion Field should have been scored by Jerry Goldsmith instead of Eumir Deodato sounding like Elmer Goldsmith and Jerry Bernstein.

Watch what auto correct does when I type Pino Donaggio... Pink DiMaggio. :lol:


Another "What If" scenario is what if Herrmann had lived throughout the '80s. As with Fielding, I sometimes think about whether his musical imprint would have changed with the vastly different times. A Herrmann score for Carrie would likely have been similar to his other horror/thriller scores of the time, but it's a fascinating thought as to what a Herrmann score for '80s fare like Scarface would have been like if he had lived and De Palma was able to keep him as a go-to composer. It's a safe bet, though, that he would not have been involved in producing catchy songs, and given his age, he probably would have retired before that era came about.


It would have been interesting to hear what Bernard Herrmann would have done beyond Taxi Driver. Probably would have been very angry about the hack job done on the soundtrack LP in 1976. King Of Comedy scored by Bernard Herrmann seems like something that could have worked. Or even Paul Schrader's, Hardcore, imagine Bernard Herrmann scoring a film so dismal and depressing as that.

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 Post subject: Re: What If Donaggio Had Scored Scarface?
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I always wonder what Live and Let Die, Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only would have sounded like if Barry had scored. I absolutely having a hard time envisioning any of them with a Barry score, too.


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 Post subject: Re: What If Donaggio Had Scored Scarface?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:19 am 
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Roger Feigelson wrote:
I always wonder what Live and Let Die, Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only would have sounded like if Barry had scored. I absolutely having a hard time envisioning any of them with a Barry score, too.

Live and Let Die especially.

Here's another: What if Billy Goldenberg became Spielberg's regular composer after Night Gallery, Columbo and Duel? The answer is probably excellent scores, but much, much fewer albums sold.


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