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Muir Mathieson

James Muir Mathieson (24 January 1911 – 2 August 1975) was a Scottish conductor and composer. Mathieson was almost always described as a "Musical Director" on a large number of British films. Mathieson was born in Stirling, Scotland in 1911. After attending Stirling High School, he went to the Royal College of Music in London. In the 1930s he became head of the music department for Alexander Korda at Denham Film Studios; Mathieson being one of only three heads of Departments at London Films who were British. His first work was as an uncredited Musical Assistant on the 1933 film, The Private Life of Henry VIII. Mathieson told Korda that he did not wish to be a composer but wished to choose first rate composers and arrange and conduct their scores. Composer James Bernard called him the "Tsar of music for British films. If you wanted to write music for films at that time you had to be 'in' with Muir". Mathieson wanted to show the world Great Britain had composers of renown and "wanted to see British musical genius exploited throughout the world and recognised by other countries.

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    Contraband
    Contraband
    (1940) 87 min
    British War
    Michael Powell
    Wartime thriller by the legendary filmmaking duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
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