Shore To Be Honored With University of Ghent Retrospective
And Attend Screenings Of Two Films Featuring His Newest Scores In Main
Competition At Cannes Festival May 19th & 20th
The University of Ghent, which has one of the largest undergraduate student
bodies in Europe (40,000), is honoring well-known composer Howard Shore with
a week-long retrospective from May 1st-7th entitled Seven Evenings With
Howard Shore. They have selected seven of his best-known films, including Vid
eodrome, Dead Ringers, The Silence Of The Lambs, Naked Lunch, Ed Wood, Crash
and Seven, and Shore will be present from May 4th-8th to speak following the
screenings. Interestingly enough, the program was instituted by the
philosophy department, headed by Dr. Jo Smets, a senior professor at the
University of Ghent.
"Mr. Shore’s body of work is so unique and provocative; we wanted to offer a
mix of Shore’s Cronenberg scores, with an accent on the ‘Mark of the Dark,’"
stated Dr. Smets. "He is one of the most overwhelming musical minds to ever
hit the film music scene, and we are honored by his presence," he continued.
Shore, one of the cinema’s most celebrated composers, has collaborated with
Jonathan Demme on such hits as Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia and
David Cronenberg on 9 films, including The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The
Fly, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, M. Butterfly and Crash. He is also known for
a wide range of other provocative and innovative scores, including Kevin
Smith’s Dogma, David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ, and Harold Ramis’ Analyze This,
as well as the comedic blockbusters Mrs. Doubtfire and Big. His most recent
film score for Stephen Frears, High Fidelity, starring John and Joan Cusak,
is one of the best-reviewed films of this year.
Shore will also have two films screening in the main competition at The
Cannes Film Festival: the upcoming Miramax release The Yards, which stars
Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron, screening on May 20th,
and the French period drama, Esther Kahn, starring Summer Phoenix, directed
by Arnaud Desplechin and distributed internationally by Bac Films, screening
on May 19th. Shore will be on hand in Cannes for the screenings of both