The Real Creative Power Of Henry Mancini 's Music Choices

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A film is an art form. Composer, Henry Mancini, once said, “the real creative power is in the mind and heart of the composer.” Henry Mancini was the composer for Touch of Evil and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. While these two films may seem like they don’t connect with each other at any point, they do and it is with Henry Mancini. By examining Touch of Evil and Breakfast at Tiffany’s through the lens of Henry Mancini’s music choices we can see that Mancini’s music choices were just as important as Blake Edwards, director. Many people like to think that the directors of a film are the ‘authors’ of a film compared to screenwriters but Mancini challenges that theory, especially with his work in Touch of Evil and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In these…show more content…
Suzie here is very annoyed and frantic and is yelling at the person on the other side of the street. At 23:19 the same bongos are going but it’s much faster and the trumpets that were playing when Vargas was walking is the same in this scene just much faster because this is when Grandi is chasing his nephew. During the scene a 52:50 where Suzie is at the motel it’s the same song at the beginning and at this scene, there is also a lot of commotion just like in the beginning. 53:25 where Vargas is riding with Schwartz it is a mariachi band playing which doesn’t seem like it would go with this scene because the speed they are driving is much faster than the music so you would think Mancini would have had fast bongos like before. However, because at this scene it seems like Vargas and Schwartz are kind of in the ‘heart’ of Mexico if you will I think Mancini places it here for the audience to not forget where they are and why it is important to remember that this is set in Mexico. At 54:08 where the Grandi boys are at the motel that same music from the beginning and at scene 52:50 is playing and this is where Suzie ask them to turn down the music. Mancini places this music here because it’s associated with the Grandi boys, they are very lively and are not really calm they are trying to mess things up for Vegas so it’s fitting to have this fast jazz playing. 1:09:46 it’s back at the motel with Suzie but this music

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