Music in movies

M. N. wrote:

> ... At any rate, I'm just wondering how
> historically accurate it is to feature second-position harmonica in a film
> about the 1860s. I thought cross-harp playing only came about after the turn
> of the century. Mouth harp historians?

"Gangs of New York" is not history.  Even if it was music is usually not
used to reenact a musical performance but to set an emotional mode.

You remind me of the seen from "Blazing Saddles" a 1970's Mel Brooks comedy
about a Black Sheriff in an all white town in the Old West.  In one scene
the hero is riding across the desert with a full orchestra accompanying him.
As he is riding the camera pans out and you see the orchestra right there in
the desert.  Not historically accurate.


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