|For those interested in a broader exploration of Korngold's world, we present some additional texts that explore topics related to Korngold, his music, his films, etc.|
Wisconsin Screenplay Series
Begun in 1979, the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research and the University of Wisconsin Press co-sponsored a series of books under the heading of Wisconsin/Warner Bros Screenplay Series. The series, which published twenty-two volumes over five or six years, had the goal of illuminating the art of screenwriting employed by the studio system in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s. This project used as its source the vast collection of Warner Bros materials purchased by United Artists in 1957, and donated to the Center in 1969.
Among the titles published in the original 22-volume set, were four of the films for which Korngold provided music (in the case of Green Pastures, it was only two short sequences inserted amongst the spirituals sung a capella). There is some information specific to Korngold and the music, but in general, these volumes detail background of the films’ gestations and overall production. However, for those Korngold fans wanting to broaden their knowledge of Korngold’s world, these books would be excellent additions to their libraries.
Included above – though not a Korngold film – is “the Jazz Singer”, which, as the first “talkie”, initiated the sound film genre that would eventually attract and employ Erich Wolfgang Korngold. For those interested in the advent of the sound picture, this book contains reprints of articles entitled "Warner Brothers Studios" (Motion Picture World, 27 Mar 1927), "Vitaphone Activity in Hollywood" (Motion Picture News, 8 Jul 1927), "How the Vitaphone Enters In" (New York Times, 28 Aug 1927), and one on how the Vitaphone technology works, from The Bioscope Service Supplement, 26 Sep 1928.
Screenplay Source Material
Most of the films for which Korngold provided scores for were plays and novels adapted for the cinema. In some cases the screenplays closely followed the original play or novel, and in others they differed radically. A sampling of the works adapted for the screen includes:
|Captain Blood||novel Captain Blood, by Rafael Sabatini|
|Green Pastures||stage play Green Pastures, by Marc Connelly|
novel The Phantom Crown, by Bertita Harding
|The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex||stage play Elizabeth the Queen, by Maxwell Anderson|
|The Sea Wolf||novel The Sea Wolf, by Jack London|
|Kings Row||novel Kings Row, by Henry Bellemann|
|The Constant Nymph||novel & stage play The Constant Nymph, by Margaret Kennedy|
|Between Two Worlds||stage play Outward Bound, by Sutton Vane|
|Of Human Bondage||novel Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham|
|Escape Me Never||novel & stage play Escape Me Never, by Margaret Kennedy|
|Magic Fire||novel Magic Fire, by Bertita Harding|
Thomas, Tony. Music For the Movies. Cranbury, New Jersey: A.S. Barnes & Co., Inc., 1973. [2nd Edition published by Silman-James Press, Los Angeles, 1997.]
Evans, Mark. Soundtrack: The Music of the Movies. New York: Hopkins & Blake, 1975.
Palmer, Christopher. The Composer in Hollywood. London: Marion Boyers Publishers, 1990.
Karlin, Fred. Listening to Movies. New York: Schirmer Books, 1994. [contains specific spotting notes for The Adventures of Robin Hood]
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