The Sounds of The Last Emperor
What happened when Bernardo Bertolucci went to see Stop Making Sense in Florence? Well, as he confessed to director Jonathan Demme, he not only loved the film but was also stunned by (and even a little envious of) the response it got from the audience, who were dancing in the theater and even applauding between numbers. He also met the concert movie’s star, Talking Heads’ David Byrne, with whom he began discussions on what would become the unique blended score for his epic The Last Emperor. Byrne recounts these origins, and the collaborative process with the director and his fellow composers Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cong Su, in this excerpt from an interview included with the four-disc special edition and Blu-ray release of the film (the latter just out), in which you can hear part of the magical musical results, which garnered an Oscar for best original score.