Hollywood music maker brings remastered film, score to City Lights Oct. 29


Oct. 26, 2018 — Famed Hollywood film composer and longtime Florence resident Ken Wannberg returns to City Lights Cinemas in time for Halloween as he presents “The Changeling,” a 1980 psychological horror film starring George C. Scott. 

Wannberg will be in attendance for the screening at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, to answer audience questions following the film. There are additional screenings at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Over the course of his more than 50-year career in the film industry, Wannberg has amassed over 115 credits, primarily collaborating with legendary composer John Williams, serving as music editor on films that have come to define American cinema and in many ways, the culture itself, including “Star Wars,” “Raiders Of The Lost Ark,” “E.T.,” “Schindler’s List” and countless more.  

From time to time between projects with Williams, Wannberg would take on a composing gig of his own, which is how he came to work on “The Changeling,” creating a haunting score that embellishes the chilling nature of the film with an eerie resonance. In “The Changeling,” composer John Russell (George C. Scott) is vacationing with his family when a car accident kills his wife and daughter. Distraught with grief, Russell leaves his home in New York City for a giant, secluded house near Seattle, Wash. Soon, Russell starts to feel the presence of a ghost, a boy who drowned in the bathtub there. Russell seeks the assistance of Claire Norman (Trish Van Devere), who led him to the house initially, in uncovering the secrets of the boy's death.

The film was recently restored by Severin Films, and the producers of the Blu-Ray version, who came to Florence and spoke with Wannberg about his work on the film for a special featurette on the release.  The featurette will be shown to the audience prior to the Q & A.

The screenings of “The Changeling” are free for all current members of City Lights Cinemas. Otherwise, standard ticket prices apply. Additionally, a film that Wannberg served as music editor on for Williams, “Home Alone,” will be screening free for all members on Monday, Dec. 17, at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

For more information, visit www.citylightscinemas.com or the City Lights Facebook page.