The Swinging Soundtracks of Henry Mancini will premiere on the Criterion Channel this month with 13 films, including Touch of Evil (1958), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), Experiment in Terror (1962), Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962), Charade (1963), Arabesque (1966), Two for the Road (1967), Sunflower (1970), Once Is Not Enough (1975), Silver Streak (1976), Little Miss Marker (1980), Victor/Victoria (1982), That’s Life! (1986).
Henry Mancini combined elements of jazz, pop, easy listening, and exotica into lush, loungey scores that all but defined space-age, cocktail-shaker sophistication. Bright, breezy, and casually inventive, Mancini’s music lends that little something extra to works by Orson Welles (TOUCH OF EVIL), Stanley Donen (CHARADE, TWO FOR THE ROAD), and especially Blake Edwards, with whom Mancini collaborated on twenty-seven films, including the classics DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES and VICTOR/VICTORIA.
Watch the teaser HERE