I remember watching an old Bergman film years ago that was all but completely devoid of a soundtrack. Seriously there was no music to be found. It was up to a director to ensure the drama was delivered without any assistance from a symphony, which be our standards seems ridiculous.
With the advent of multiple tracks in film, directors rarely give a minute or two without music playing in the background, even when it's not appropriate at all. It's even becoming more apparent in television and video games. You can't even walk into a store and not find some horrifying top forty song bombarding your senses.
Still movie soundtracks have produced some great pieces from the likes of Williams and Horner and numerous others we'll never hear of. I was watching one of the trailers for the new Star Trek film and really enjoyed the music they chose for it. Sadly the same piece was never used in the movie. So today my good readers, who floss daily, I bring you Freedom Fighter's 'Two Steps from Hell':
"How do I stay so healthy and boyishly handsome? It's simple. I drink the blood of young runaways." - William Shatner