Music for Films: The Immigrant




First broadcast 5pm, 19th December on Resonance FM in London
[Repeated 1pm, 23rd December]

1 hour broadcast version.

2 hour version, not safe for work.

Every month, interesting people talk about the music, films and music for films which have shaped their lives.

2016 Christmas special. Tim Concannon and Roz Kaveney visit the Cinema Museum in Oval, South London – the former Lambeth workhouse, where Charles Chaplin spent Christmas one year as a small boy – and one of his homes in Kennington, where Chaplin grew up.

Recorded in September as part of the annual Scalarama film festival – when we screened Chaplin’s film ‘The Immigrant‘, which has its centenary in 2017, near to his childhood home at 39 Methley Street – we also talk to Gilliam Plowman, writer of the play about Chaplin that was on at the Cinema Museum ‘The Little Tramp‘, and to the actor David Flint.



The second half of our extended podcast version of the show is a discussion of the state of Britain a century after Chaplin lived in poverty in South London, how there’s too much great television (like ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘iZombie’) but not enough time to watch all of it.

This is followed by ‘What Is Crouching And Why Does it End?’ (The title of this essay is inspired by a Stephen King’s Lovecraftian short story).

A love letter to cinema and cinema buildings, this audio essay is the first half of an overview of our ‘Scala Map’ linking every station on the Underground to film made, or associated with it.

Music included in the essay

1. Krzysztof Penderecki – ‘Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima‘ – 1960
2. Antonín Dvorák – Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World”, Op. 95, B. 178 (aka ‘The New World Symphony’) – 1893
3. R D Burman and Anand Bakshi – ‘Yeh Dosti‘ from ‘Sholay’ – 1975
4. Barry Adamson – ‘Everything Happens to Me‘ – 1989
5. Miklós Rózsa- ‘Eternal Silence‘ from ‘The Private Life of Sherlock Holmees’ – 1970
6. Friedrich Hollaender – ‘Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt‘ (aka ‘Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It)’) – 1930
7. Jimmy Perry and Derek Taverner – ‘Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr. Hitler?‘ – 1968
8. David Bowie – ‘Helden‘ (German version of ‘Heroes’) – 1977
9. Moondog – ‘Lament 1 (Bird’s Lament)‘ – 1969
10. Eric Satie – ‘Nocturnes‘ – 1919
11. X-Ray Spexs ‘The Day The World Turned Day-Glo‘ – 1978
12. The Shamen – ‘Ebeneezer Goode‘ – 1992