“Dead men are heavier than broken hearts”*…
* Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
As we grope for our gats, we might send haunting birthday greetings to Brian Easdale; he was born on this date in 1909. A composer of both orchestral and operatic music, Easdale is best remembered for his film scores, especially those he composed for the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (including Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, and The Elusive Pimpernel). Perhaps his most powerful film work was on Powell’s controversial Peeping Tom, a film that used a number of film noir conventions to create a horror-thriller so shockingly unexpected that– while the film is now considered a masterpiece– it effectively ended Powell’s career.