The music lovers

Three music-mad auteurs discuss the delicate art of the perfect cue

Some directors have an unmistakable ear for music. From the piano chords of Eric Clapton's "Layla" that usher in a bloody montage in 1990's "Goodfellas," to Buffalo Bill's creepy dance to the obscure '80s tune "Goodbye Horses" in 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs," to John Ottman's lush orchestral cues in the 1994 thriller "The Usual Suspects," helmers Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme and Bryan Singer have shown they know a little something about enhancing onscreen moments through music.

We talked to these three auteurs about how they find just the right cue at just the right moment. Click for the Q&As:

Jonathan Demme
Martin Scorsese
Bryan Singer
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