I don’t do many DVD or Blu-Ray commentary tracks anymore, in part because fewer are being produced. But when the nice folks at Twilight Time call, I usually participate. First, because Nick Redman and Julie Kirgo are such fun partners in front of the microphones, always so informed and prepared; and second, because they often are looking for a bit more depth on the composers and scores. In the case of Eye of the Needle, the 1981 thriller starring Donald Sutherland and Kate Nelligan, I enjoyed talking about composer Miklos Rozsa and one of his last feature-film scores.
For Rozsa’s centennial celebration, I worked with Academy execs to design a weekend of classic films (including The Thief of Bagdad and El Cid) and an evening of clips and talk culminating in a screening of Ivanhoe. Joining me on stage were composer Bruce Broughton, film historian Rudy Behlmer and the composer’s daughter Juliet Rozsa. All offered valuable insights and reminiscences. Here is Susan King’s preview of the weekend, featuring comments from all of us.