Charles Bernstein (composer)

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Charles Bernstein (born February 28, 1943) is a composer of film and television music. His credits include the score for A Nightmare on Elm Street.[1][2][3][4]

After studying composition with Vitorio Giannini and Vincent Persichetti at the Juilliard School in New York City, Bernstein attended UCLA, where he received an Outstanding Graduate of the College Award, a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, and a Chancellor's Doctoral Teaching Fellowship while working with American composer Roy Harris. He currently sits on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Board of Directors of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, the Board of Directors of the ASCAP Foundation, and serves as Vice-President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Foundation. He has taught on the graduate film scoring faculty at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and has presented film scoring seminars over the past 15 years at UCLA Extension.[5] He has received an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for his writings on music and is author of the book Film Music and Everything Else.

Bernstein has composed scores for more than 100 motion pictures, including White Lightning, Mr. Majestyk, Gator, Love at First Bite, The Entity and A Nightmare on Elm Street.[6] Several of his tracks have appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds. His television credits include Malice in Wonderland, The Long Island Incident, and Sybil.

List of work[edit]


Year Film
1969 Stoney
1970 The Man from O.R.G.Y.
1972 Sweet Kill
Daddy's Deadly Darling
1973 This Is a Hijack
Invasion of the Bee Girls
White Lightning
That Man Bolt
1974 Mr. Majestyk
1976 The Zebra Force
A Small Town in Texas
1977 Evil Town
Viva Knievel!
Outlaw Blues
1979 Love at First Bite
1980 Coast to Coast
Foolin' Around
1982 The Entity
1983 Independence Day
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street
1986 April Fool's Day
Deadly Friend
1987 The Allnighter
1993 Excessive Force
1995 Rumpelstiltskin
1997 When Danger Follows You Home
2007 Fighting Words
2008 Shattered!
2010 Street Poet


Television work[edit]

Year Title Format
1975 A Shadow in the Streets Television movie
1976 Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby Television movie
Nightmare in Badham County Television movie
1977 Escape from Bogen County Television movie
Special Treat Episode: Five Finger Discount
Four Against the Desert Television movie
1978 Wild and Wooly Television movie
Thaddeus Rose and Eddie Television movie
Cops and Robin Television movie
Who's Watching the Kids? Series
Steel Cowboy Television movie
Fast Lane Blues Television movie
Are You in the House Alone? Television movie
Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold Television movie
The Winds of Kitty Hawk Television movie
1979 Women at West Point Television movie
The House on Garibaldi Street Television movie
1980 Scruples Miniseries
Bogie Television movie
1981 Scruples Television pilot
1983 Sadat Miniseries
1985 Secret Weapons Television movie
Malice in Wonderland Television movie
Generation Television movie
Covenant Television movie
The Long Hot Summer Television movie
Chase Television movie
1986 Rockabye Television movie
1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special Episode: Little Miss Perfect
The Last Fling Television movie
Ghost of a Chance Television movie
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains Television movie
1988 A Whisper Kills Television movie
1989 Desperate for Love Television movie
Love and Betrayal Television movie
1990 Drug Wars: The Camarena Story Miniseries
Too Young to Die? Television movie
Fall from Grace Television movie
Caroline? Television movie
Ivory Hunters Television movie
She Said No Television movie
The Love She Sought Television movie
1991 Love, Lies and Murder Miniseries
Payoff Television movie
Guilty Until Proven Innocent Television movie
Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus Television movie
1992 Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel Television movie
Trial: The Price of Passion Television movie
Somebody's Daughter Television movie
1993 Between Love and Hate Television movie
The Sea Wolf Television movie
Final Appeal Television movie
1994 My Name Is Kate Television movie
1996 Sophie & the Moonhanger Television movie
Dead Ahead Television movie
Bloodhounds II Television movie
1997 Miss Evers' Boys Television movie
The Ticket Television movie
1998 The Hunted Television movie
The Long Island Incident Television movie
2000 Picnic Television movie
Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble Television movie
American Experience Episode: Return with Honor
2001 The Day the World Ended Television movie
2002 Alejo & Valentina Series
Crossing the Line Television movie
A Christmas Visitor Television movie
2003 Profoundly Normal Television movie
Out of the Ashes Television movie
2004 Family Sins Television movie
2007 Sybil Television movie
2008 Sweet Nothing in My Ear Television movie
2009 Nova Episode: Darwin's Darkest Hour
2015 Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf Television movie


  1. ^ "Exclusive interview!: CHARLES BERNSTEIN [english version]". 14 October 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Brown, Casey (3 July 2012). "Interview with Charles Bernstein". Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Interview: Charles Bernstein on his score for "A Nightmare on Elm Street"". 21 May 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Malhotra, Anita (19 January 2012). "INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES BERNSTEIN". Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Film Composer, Charles Bernstein". 30 May 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Faulkner, Robert R. (1983). Music on Demand. Transaction Publishers. ISBN 9781412829236. 

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