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Behind the


  • Music
  • Issue 50

Film composer Emile Mosseri on the art of setting music to film.
Words by Tara Joshi. Photograph by Joe Talbot.

The American composer Emile Mosseri creates evocative, delicate soundscapes for film and television. In recent years that’s included Kajillionaire, The Last Black Man in San Francisco and Minari, for which he received an Oscar nomination. His scores quietly stir something in the viewer, informing how we understand and interpret what we’re seeing on screen. Here he reveals how the composer is an essential player in helping a director bring a story to life.     

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