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Comments about the soundtrack for High Road to China (John Barry)

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Lawrence of Arabia
• Posted by: roybatty   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, June 21, 2007, at 4:59 a.m.
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Message Edited: Thursday, June 21, 2007, at 9:18 a.m.

I was just listening to the audio samples for this score and thought I could hear distinct echoes of Maurice Jarre's theme for "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) That makes this (High Road To China) the second time that Barry ripped-off the Lawrence Theme, the first being "Born Free" which is obviously just a simple variation on Jarre's original theme. I must admit that I feel quite disappointed by Barry's cheaty use of "Lawrence" - I once thought/hoped that he was a composer of integrity. He is certainly very talented, which makes it doubly disappointing that he has resorted to plagiarism in these cases. But I'm afraid I also feel that "Out of Africa" is heavily reliant on the Lawrence "formula" and so too is "Dances with Wolves" to a degree.

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