Today it's not culture; it's box office.
My best film composing experience was with Elia Kazan.
I prefer to write music for family films. I like people.
There are so few directors who are musical who appreciate music.
There are scores you have to write objectively without getting involved.
Being an old radical, I like films like Spartacus. I could relate to the hero.
When I decided to go to a country that subsidized music, I went to the Soviet Union for two years.
I like what I hear as a resulting combination of these two strands... something of a combination of familiarity and, for lack of a better word, strangeness.
Composers today get a TV script on Friday and have to record on Tuesday. It's just dreadful to impose on gifted talent and expect decent music under these conditions.
Fear is a problem with film music and films; people want to be conventional, and there's more commercialism today. If you are not daring in your art, you're bankrupt.