In the Heat of the Night

Curator of the Year
  • United Kingdom
  • 1967
  • 95min
  • Color
  • Drama
  • 15


In the Heat of the Night , IN COLD BLOOD, Both of these films (by coincidence) have score by Quincy Jones. Both are very different in terms of storytelling. Both are jazz-based. Cinema and jazz are first cousins in terms of 20th century culture. In technical terms, they have a parallel narrative. And yet the jazz influence has never been given the credit it deserves. In the Heat of the Night begins with a powerful song sung by Ray Charles. It delivers a powerful signal at the start of the film. It feels authentic. And the music continues to deliver this authenticity throughout the film. 

In the 2nd example the score delivers a powerful, dark atmosphere. It’s been years since I saw the film but the texture of the score stays with me. In particular, the use of 2 jazz bassists.



Norman Jewison

Norman Jewison is a Canadian television, film director and producer, known for his experienced portrayal of the ills of American society. His musical film Fiddler on the Roof (1971) was nominated for the 44th Academy Award for Best Director and won three awards, including Best Cinematography and Best Music. Also, his film Moonstruck (1987) won the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival.


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