CHARLIE BRIGDEN IS A WRITER AND JOURNALIST BASED IN SOUTH WALES WHO SPECIALISES IN FILM AND FILM MUSIC WRITING. HE HAS A REPUTATION FOR AN INCISIVELY ANALYTIC AND ENTERTAINING STYLE AND CAN BE FOUND AT SUCH PLACES AS THE QUIETUS AND ROGER EBERT AS WELL AS WORKING FOR CLIENTS LIKE MONDO AND INDICATOR.

Making Clint Cool: Exploring Lalo Schifrin's 'Dirty Harry' Titles

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There’s a thrill that music in a film can give us that can make us forget our objections and concerns. When the right music is synced up to a well-edited sequence, we can be forgiven for being lost in the groove, as it were, even if we’re just watching a guy walking around a rooftop. As luck would have it, the person responsible for making a certain inspector off-the-charts cool has just been awarded an honorary Academy Award for his work in film music. His name: Lalo Schifrin.

Don Siegel‘s 1971 crime thriller Dirty Harry – the first of five Police thrillers starring Clint Eastwood as rule-smashing laconic lawman Harry Callahan – was no stranger to controversy even on its release. Protests against the film were rife, and even Roger Ebert stated that the film undoubtedly displayed…

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