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.
Cinema’s Exiles: From Hitler To Hollywood traces the experiences of the Jews who fled Nazi Germany and took refuge in Hollywood, and examines their impact on both the German and the American cinemas. John Waxman served as producer on this documentary. Click here for more info. Now available on DVD and CD!
Every month TCM airs classic Waxman films. Check here to see this month’s schedule.
Click here to watch Franz Waxman: The Music of Sunset Boulevard with German Subtitles.
“Der Mann, der seinen Mörder sucht” (The Man in Search of His Murderer) is a 1931 UFA comedy film with screenplay by Billy Wilder and directed by Robert Siodmak. Click here to watch Waxman sing and play piano with the Weintraub Syncopators.
Miklos Rozsa Society has posted a 1950 interview with Franz Waxman, a transcription of one of 15 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation programs on prominent Hollywood composes, reprinted in Musica Pro Sana. Click here for the complete transcript.
The Naxos Series “Waxman Conducts” features the Los Angeles Festival Orchestra performances at the Los Angeles Music Festival (1947-1966) which included 70 World, American and West Coast premieres by such composers as Prokofiev, Mahler, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Vaughn Williams and Walton. Click here for more info.