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HILDUR GUÐNADÓTTIR AUTHOR PORTRAIT

Hildur Guðnadóttir

Composer

Hildur Guðnadóttir mastered the score for "Joker," which earned her an Oscar earlier this year. Here are some of her favorite film scores—and the one movie she can recite by heart.

1

The Shining

1980

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It’s probably one of my all-time favorite film scores, with music that really, really gets under your skin.

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The Shining
1980
142 Mins | R
Writer (Jack Nicholson) goes mad with wife (Shelley Duvall), son (Danny Lloyd) at snowbound hotel.


2

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

1992

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I think that score is fantastic. I love the simplicity of it.

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
1992
135 Mins | R
Agent Cooper comes to Twin Peaks, Wash., following two murders and the disappearance of two agents.


3

Birdman

2014

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I absolutely adored that score, and I thought it was really fun. It was great to see how drums could carry the whole emotional spectrum. It's exciting to see innovative scores like that.

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Birdman
2014
119 Mins | R
A washed-up actor, whose most-famous role was a superhero, makes a Broadway bid for glory.


4

The Revenant

2015

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I have quite a lot of music in it, but that film was just so incredible. The cinematography was so great.

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The Revenant
2015
156 Mins | R
Vengeful fur trapper Hugh Glass tracks down the man who killed his young son and left him for dead.


5

When Harry Met Sally...

1989

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That's the film I’ve probably seen the most often with my mom. We love it. We basically know every single word. That one is more just for the fun of watching the film.

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When Harry Met Sally...
1989
95 Mins | R
Manhattan careerists (Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan) take 12 years to fall in love.


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