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Comments about the soundtrack for Dick Tracy (Danny Elfman)

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Wow, was this review misguided.
• Posted by: Eric
• Date: Thursday, February 5, 2004, at 2:13 a.m.
• IP Address: adsl-67-126-98-134.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net

I don't know. I go to film school (SFSU) and Dick Tracy was one of the films viewed in one of the film courses I took about style and cinematic asthetics. I even read some reviews from the 1990's about this film and it was well-received. Highlights of the score was even adopted and performed by many metropolitan philharmonics in the 90's. The film even garnered Oscar-nominations for Al Pacino for Supporting Actor, Vittorio Storaro (Cinematography) of Apocalypse Now, Milena Canonero (Costume Design) and Sound. It also won, and rightfully so, for Richard Sylbert's Production Design, not to mention Best Make-Up and Best Song for Pulitzer Prize/Tony-winning composer, Stephen Sondheim.

The pairing of Stephen Sondheim and Danny Elfman couldn't have been more inspired. Elfman paired up again with another musical theatre giant, or giants rather, with Kander & Ebb for Chicago.

You can check out the Oscar history of Dick Tracy here http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/DisplayMain.jsp?curTime=1075974480606 It's even got a 78% at Rotten Tomatoes http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/DickTracy-1029314/reviews.php.

I stopped reading the reviews here because our reviewer seems to be so misguided about some of the films he blurbs about with his score reviews, and I usually disagree with him anyway about his reviews on the scores. I go here to find out what's out to buy when it comes to Soundtracks. I read this because I think the score for Dick Tracy is Elfman's bravest and most colorful work.

My two cents. For what it's worth.




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