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MovieScore Media: 5 FLIGHTS UP [2015] - David Newman/Max Calo

The latest release of MovieScore Media presents a short but tender and emotionally charged score from David Newman, the composer of fan favorite animated hits Anastasia and Ice Age. Directed by Richard Loncraine, 5 Flights Up stars Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton as a long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment. Due to the titular five flights of stairs, they decide to sell their home in Brooklyn and look for something less taxing on their health, but they eventually  become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away. Based on Jill Ciment's novel Heroic Measures, 5 Flights Up also stars Carrie Preston and Cynthia Nixon.

Composer David Newman is the son of legendary Hollywood film music maestro Alfred Newman and the elder brother of Thomas Newman. He has worked on over a hundred films in the past 30 years. He has worked on several comedic and dramatic movies directed by Danny DeVito (The War of the Roses, Hoffa) and has scored some of the best Eddie Murphy Comedies (The Nutty Professor, Dr. Dolittle 2). His list of credits also include such cult favorites as The Sandlot (1993), Matilda (1996), Anastasia (1997) and Ice Age (2002).

“5 Flights Up is such a delicate movie about a very unusual situation - all the emotions that come with selling a home where you have lived for so many years”explains the composer. “There is a certain joy in Diane Keaton’s and Morgan Freeman’s relationship so the flashbacks were very evocative and were very interesting to score. We don’t have a lot of music in the film and it isn’t flashy at all - just commenting on the passing of time  - the sadness but also the joy of growing old together and what a change does to a relationship. The “Main Title“ is probably the longest set piece and it’s about the quirky joy side of their marriage. There are also cues that reflect the loss of the past to just memories and the sweet sadness that evokes.” Apart from Newman’s brief but sweet score, the soundtrack also includes three songs, courtesy of Max Calo.

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