One of my most favourite movies of all times is “The Great Escape“.
It’s a movie that manages to be uplifting, humorous, dark, oppressive and depressing at the same time. Well, not at the SAME time. But during the same 172 minutes. (I love long movies, too.)
What really helped to make the movie snap together, though, was the soundtrack by the magnificent Elmer Bernstein. It’s about fifty years old now, and it’s still a memorable and well composed soundtrack.
Elmer Bernstein – The Great Escape Main Theme [Great Escape Soundtrack] | 1963 | Orchestral
This must be one of the most iconic pieces of movie music ever composed.
It’s catchy. It’s memorable. And it’s been used (and is STILL being used!) in all kinds of media after the movie came out.
I still hum it myself when I’m stuck at a place I don’t really want to be, and from time to time, someone looks up at me and grins and nods their head in appreciation. And in those moments I know that I’m looking at a kindred soul.
The way it was used in the movie is also very exceptional, as it was mixed into the external soundtrack as well as being used by the characters IN the movie as a method to enhance the mood of certain scenes… Very effective and very well executed. There are movies made decades after this one where this doesn’t work as well as it worked here.
If you didn’t already, I HIGHLY recommend seeing this movie.
If you did see it, see it again. You’ll be surprised how well it holds up.
I must also warn you.
This might be start of “War Movie Week”.