Mudbound
Five Great Films Scored by Women
Laura Karpman

Laura Karpman

Composer

Aside from being an award-winning composer and Academy governor of the Music Branch, Laura Karpman is a tireless champion for women in music. She has worked on films such as Paris Can Wait, The Beguiled and Step.

It’s hard to make a choice of five—so many amazing scores by Shirley Walker, Lolita Ritmanis, Lesley Barber, Kathryn Bostic, Miriam Cutler, Heather Mcintosh, Hildur Guðnadóttir and countless others! But here are some scores that have been on my mind lately.

1

Eighth Grade

2018

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Composer Anna Meredith found a sound for what it is like to be an 8th grade girl! Heroic and horror all at once.

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Eighth Grade
2018
93 Mins | R
A teen endures the tidal wave of contemporary adolescence during her last week of middle school.


2

Little

2019

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A great comedy score by such a gifted composer, Germaine Franco.

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Little
2019
109 Mins | PG-13
A take-no-prisoners tech mogul magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself.


3

Delicious Little Devil

1919

Such fresh and accomplished work. Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum made a silent film feel new again.

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Delicious Little Devil
1919
75 Mins
A woman (Mae Murray) poses as a notorious dancer to land a job as the hostess of a roadhouse.


4

The Manchurian Candidate

2004

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A terrific departure for Rachel Portman. Dark and foreboding.

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The Manchurian Candidate
2004
130 Mins | R
A Gulf War vet (Denzel Washington) is suspicious of a political candidate (Liev Schreiber).


5

Mudbound

2017

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I love the chamber string work. You can feel the scraping of the bow on the string. Tamar-kali’s score is full of grit.

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Mudbound
2017
134 Mins | R
Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi.


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