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Comments about the soundtrack for Saving Private Ryan (John Williams)

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Re: Review #1
• Posted by: John Sampson   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2007, at 7:48 p.m.
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• Now Playing: Duh duh duh--Hymn to the Fallen

I would like to respond to review #1, which is mostly a negative review. It is true, Saving Private Ryan's only good track is Hymn to the Fallen (which, by the way, is incredibly moving), but to condemn Spielberg for not having enough music is idiotic. If you have ever seen the film, it is meant to be realistic in terms of how it portrays combat. Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July (both great films) have music over the battle sequences, but Spielberg's work transcends those two films. The last time I checked, a realistic combat scene is not having throbbing music played over bullets and artillery. Real war isn't like that. The reason Williams' track works is because it adds that even more of an emotional tug to the dialogue scenes to complement the immense emotional tug of the combat scenes. The music does not take center stage here (event though it still is well-crafted).


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