This week I had the great fortune of sitting next to composer Alexandre Desplat for a KUSC radio interview about his new score for The Monuments Men. I was pretty excited about this film from the moment I saw the above photo (taken during production) sometime last year, wondering what Desplat could possibly be doing on a horse cart with Matt Damon…both men rocking berets. The fact that the film also starred George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and Bob Balaban—and, based on the trailers, just looked like a lot of fun—made me even more excited.
This is Part II of an exclusive interview with George Fenton about his score for Shadowlands, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its American release this month. Read Part I here.
Fenton’s other major theme for Shadowlands is one for Lewis and Joy. “When [Attenborough] finished filming and started cutting,” the composer recalls, “he said, ‘Have you got the theme? Can I hear the theme?’ I said, ‘What are we talking about?’ He said, ‘The theme of the Golden Valley, where he takes her in the car.’ So I wrote that, and it really became the theme of the film.”