Vangelis — 1943-2022, an era-defining film score composer

Evangelos Odysseus Papathanassiou was born in Greece, sought pop stardom in Paris before his mastery of synthesizers got the attention of major film studios.

As Vangelis, he scored “The Bounty,” “Blade Runner,” “1492,” “Alexander” and this film, whose opening is such a perfect synthesis of image, motion, memory and emotion that it became a touchstone and then a cliche and finally a cultural punchline. It’s that ingrained in any filmlovers’ psyche.

Honestly, I remember seeing this film in a preview in Charlotte, NC, and just weeping at how perfect this is.

Well done. Rest in peace.

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Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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