In October 2017, the City of Opole in Poland unveiled a plaque to honor Franz Waxman at the home where he lived with his family from 1915 until he left for Dresden to attend music school. The plaque was unveiled by Mayor Arkadiusz Wiśniewski. In conjunction with the unveiling, Silesian television aired a brief documentary on his early life in German/Polish.
“Light & Noir: Exiles & Émigrés in Hollywood, 1939-1950″ highlights the history of émigrés in the American film industry who fled Europe as refugees of Nazi persecution and their legacy in American cinema and culture through achievements in the film noir genre and classic films. Opening in Spring 2017.
December 16, 2006 – January 17, 2007: Musuem of Modern Art (MoMA) honors renowned film score composer Franz Waxman with a 21-title retrospective on the centenary of his birth. Click here to view the PDF schedule of events.
On October 19, 2006, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences hosted A Franz Waxman Centennial Celebration in Los Angeles. It featured a panel discussion hosted by conductor John Mauceri that included Waxman’s son, John Waxman, and screenings of “Suspicion” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” two 1941 films for which the composer received Oscar nominations.
On September 23, 2005, at the Hollywood Bowl, the American Film Institute announced their list of 100 Years of Film Scores, eleven of which were by Franz Waxman: The Bride Of Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, The Nun’s Story, Peyton Place, The Philadelphia Story, A Place In The Sun, Rebecca, Sayonara, The Spirit Of St. Louis, Sunset Boulevard, and Taras Bulba. Complete list at AFI.
The exhibition Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles explores how the experiences of German-speaking exiles and émigrés who fled Nazi Europe influenced the classic films of Hollywood’s Golden Age through film footage, drawings, props, costumes, posters, photographs, and memorabilia. Details here. Review in the LA Times here.