Music: Left Face

Composer Hanns Eisler earns his living by writing music for the movies. He dislikes both his work and his employers. According to him, ". . . No serious composer writes for the motion pictures for any other than money reasons." Last week Left-Winger Eisler blamed Hollywood's "moguls" for the sad state of film music. "They are afraid of their own shadows, which they mistakenly think is public taste. ... I realize my remarks are a little risky, but I like risky remarks."

Eisler is riskier still in a new book, Composing for the Films (Oxford University Press; $3), just out. In...

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