An Avant-garde Symphony

The most quirky, off- beat soundtrack in film history. Jerry Goldsmith achieved everything with this score. It even has a simian personality, with all those high pitched animal-like sounds. Its tribal. Its loose and tight. It gets into the listener’s spine. Unsettling. If any soundtrack sums up the upside down, surreal 1960s it is Planet Of The Apes. A soundtrack worth experiencing under the influence of class A drugs. So influential was this album that even rock musicians borrowed elements from it (Pink Floyd’s “Time” from the “Dark Side of the Moon” LP in 1973). The keyboard and percussive rythmns are chaotic and startling.

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Planet Of The Apes (1968 USA)

apes(Today is the first anniversary of this blog, btw) Moving on…Planet Of The Apes is such an icon of the late 1960s. This is why 21st century remakes of it do not work. Youngsters today think its just a science fiction story, but this is actually a barometer of what was going on in those days of a rapidly changing society. “Don’t trust anyone over 30” and  “Beards? I don’t go in for fads,” type of cutesy-pie dialogue dates it wonderfully. The satire here does go overboard at times, but everyone seems to really mean what they are saying. Man.

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