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American History X
(1998)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Anne Dudley
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Angel Records
(November 3rd, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek the most powerful score of Anne Dudley's career, a remarkably heavy and tragic orchestral lamentation that alternates between deeply solemn, sparse interludes and extremely engaging action and redemption highlights.

Avoid it... if you have no interest in attempting to casually enjoy the most brutal and challenging of soundtracks, because this score matches the intensity and emotional weight of the film without fail.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,689
WRITTEN 7/10/10
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American History X: (Anne Dudley) Powerful messages about American culture have existed in many forms throughout the history of cinema, but rarely with the overwhelming punch to the gut delivered by Tony Kaye's highly revered American History X. The 1998 film depicted the tragic fates of two brothers in Southern California who become involved with neo-Nazi street gangs, actively participating in brutal crimes against minorities. The older brother (Edward Norton) does jail time for killing a pair of black men attempting to steal his car, but while there the white supremacist renounces his ways and befriends a black man, causing him to suffer from vicious physical attacks (including rape) upon himself. After his release, he struggles to extricate his younger brother (Edward Furlong) from the gang, finally achieving this end with the help of the boy's school. The price paid for this salvation is steep, however, and American History X is clearly not recommended viewing for anyone expecting anything more soothing than the most bittersweet conclusion imaginable. Despite critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Norton, American History X was not a notable fiscal success. Its director also stirred up quite a bit of controversy in his public disputes with New Line Cinema over the final cut of the film. It was originally a drug-dominated story, concentrating less on the reformation and more on common topics within the drug sub-genre. Three generations of American History X exist, the first two by Kaye and the final a desperate cut made by the producer and Norton in defiance of Kaye, who not only wanted to rearrange the entire film a third time over the course of another year, but sued unsuccessfully to have his name removed from the project. So damaging was this episode for the veteran music video director that he would go more than a decade before directing another feature film. Aside from the post-production nightmares facing the film, however, American History X remains an extremely compelling experience with strong acting performances that extend from Norton to a solid supporting cast. One of its undeniable assets is Anne Dudley's score, a counter-intuitive tackling of the subject with distinctly classical sensibilities. The British composer was best known at the time for her participation in the band Art of Noise, though her surprising (and widely considered undeserved) Oscar win for The Full Monty in 1998 brought her a brief stint in major film scoring for a handful of years thereafter.



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Average: 3.19 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:09
• 1. American History X (4:46)
• 2. The Assignment (2:36)
• 3. Venice Beach (1:28)
• 4. Playing to Win (3:49)
• 5. People Look at Me and See My Brother (1:41)
• 6. If I Had Testified (4:05)
• 7. A Stranger at My Table (3:31)
• 8. Putting Up a Flag (2:06)
• 9. Raiders (3:02)
• 10. Complications (1:38)
• 11. Starting to Remind Me of You (1:43)
• 12. The Right Questions (3:24)
• 13. The Path to Redemption (2:56)
• 14. We Are Not Enemies (2:05)
• 15. Two Brothers (2:31)
• 16. Storm Clouds Gathering (2:04)
• 17. Benedictus (3:35)

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The skimpy, unattractive insert includes a short note from the composer about the score.
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