On the Waterfront


Released by Criterion Collection

WaterfrontCriterionJBopenI was delighted when Criterion Collection producer Issa Clubb asked me to contribute a musical essay to their deluxe DVD and Blu-Ray edition of this 1954 classic. Over about 20 minutes I discuss composer Leonard Bernstein’s involvement with the film, the various themes and musical details of the score, and why he didn’t win the Academy Award.