‘Max Steiner: The Composer Who Revolutionized the Hollywood Score’ Webinar
Half a century before John Williams’ Star Wars soundtrack became a pop culture phenomenon, pioneering film composer and 24-time Oscar nominee Max Steiner created the sound of Hollywood movie music, establishing the rules of scoring still in use today. This is the story of how a Vienna-born heir to a theatrical dynasty not only became a top Broadway conductor, but also the composing king of Hollywood.
Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the turbulent life and triumphant career of Max Steiner, a three-time Academy Award winner who wrote highly influential scores for some 300 movies, including King Kong, Casablanca, and Now, Voyager.
Hosted by Steiner biographer Steven C. Smith, our virtual experience surrounding one of the greatest composers of all time will include:
- An inside look at Steiner’s years in New York, which prepared him for his musical direction of Hollywood classics like The Gay Divorcee, Top Hat, and Follow the Fleet
- The story of how Steiner invented the modern film score, with revolutionary work in the 1930s that included King Kong
- Steiner’s creative struggles and interactions with producer David O. Selznick, studio chief Jack Warner, and stars like Fred Astaire and Bette Davis
- Insights into Steiner’s chaotic private life, which included a gambling addiction and family tragedy
- Rare clips showcasing Steiner himself discussing the watershed moments of his career
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Steven — any and all questions about Max Steiner are welcomed and encouraged!
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