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End Credits #4: Cinema's 2012 Lost Treasures

Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) 

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The Swimmer (1968) enjoyed one of cinema's most effectively beautiful heart wrenching musical scores provided at the time by a 23 year old Marvin Hamlisch making his film debut and who sadly passed away August 6th 2012 at only 68 years of age. Doubly sad because the composer was still working, having scored The Informant (2009) and most recently Behind the Candelabra (2013) both for director Steven Soderbergh. Aside from his more well known cinematic accomplishments such as The Way We Were (1973), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Sophie's Choice (1982) and especially his adaptation music for The Sting (1973) Hamlisch composed some terrifically infectious music for the early Woody Allen features Take the Money and Run (1969), and Bananas (1971). Although he didn't compose the main title song for The April Fools (1969) he composed some lovely underscore music most notably for a small get-together which sounds like some of the lyrical pool party music he composed for The Swimmer. This little musical gem entitled "Peter's Pad" can be heard below (2nd video post). Related to parties there's an amusing story about how Marvin Hamlisch received his first composing assignment which he relates in an interview (directly below). He also speaks about the film and what it meant to him:

Here is some of Marvin Hamlisch's music from The April Fools