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Comments about the soundtrack for Enemy at the Gates (James Horner)

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Re: Schindler's? No. History? Yes!
• Posted by: Tim Perrine   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, March 19, 2001, at 8:07 a.m.
• IP Address: proxy1.consumersenergy.com
• In Response to: Schindler's? No. History? Yes! (Brendan Anderson)

So, by your logic, can Jerry Goldsmith take Williams' Star Wars theme and use it in the next Star Trek film? Like Star Wars, the Star Trek characters are in space AND audiences associate Star Wars with space.

Even if Schindler's List is based on a Jewish folk song, the composition is still largely John Williams' and is clearly associated with John Williams. He did it first. There are plenty of other Jewish folk songs that Horner could have used to achieve the same effect- but apparently Horner is more concerned with counting his money than going out and doing actual research.

> Just wanted to clear up/put to rest the whole "Horner using part of
> Schindler's list" thing. Williams at one point after writing
> Schindler's list said the theme was largely based on an old Jewish folk
> tune...how much or how little it's "based" I don't know, BUT
> this does bring up an interesting point then. All three main characters in
> Enemy at the Gates are Jewish. Now, if you were James Horner, you needed a
> quiet theme for your main characters, the quiet theme is supposed to
> represent the charcters' personal feelings and struggles, AND the
> characters are all Jewish, wouldn't you think it would be a good idea to
> pick a theme that was 1)based on a Jewish folk tune, and 2)was (because of
> Schinlder's) recognized by almost everyone in the world as having
> "Jewish" connotations?

> This is not a "rip-off"...this was a well informed and smart
> decision on the composer's part.

> -Brendan




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