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The Black Dahlia
(2006)
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Composed by:

Conducted by:
James Shearman

Additional Music by:
Cindy O'Connor

Produced by:
Reynold da Silva
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Silva Screen Records
(September 12th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can be intrigued by intelligent, but not overbearing rhythmic action pieces with crisp brass solos that perfectly capture the moodiness and conspiracy of the story.

Avoid it... if no good film noir score is complete for you unless it has tantalizingly lush romantic interludes.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #818
WRITTEN 9/23/06
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The Black Dahlia: (Mark Isham) Director Brian De Palma's career has often turned the clock back to the environment of 1940's film noir, and in The Black Dahlia, all the elements of the film associated with that era are exquisite. Filmed in Bulgaria, the film's visuals are convincing, with costumes, cinematography, sets, and makeup all sparking with sincerity. Unfortunately for The Black Dahlia, however, the overachieving screenplay, based on the 1987 fictional novel by James Ellroy, was combined with all-around atrocious acting performances to confound critics and general audiences alike. The film's plot only uses the non-fiction circumstances of the grisly murder of actress Elizabeth Short (the "Dahlia") as a starting point for the tale of two young, hotshot detectives who find themselves in their own triangles of manipulation and chasing. Shifting alliances, conflicting goals, and cozy contact with the wrong ladies leads to two inevitable, but ultimately confusing scenes of conversational revelations at the end. Whatever confusion caused by the script isn't compounded by the film's technical qualities, however, including Mark Isham's score. A diverse and capable composer, Isham isn't a stranger to the thriller genre, though the quality of his output in that genre has ranged greatly over the last ten years (including a few abysmal, synthetic stinkers). One aspect of Isham's talents lends itself well to the film noir genre in particular, and that is the character of his own solo trumpet performances. For The Black Dahlia, Isham would perform his distinctly lonely trumpet over a sizable and well-balanced orchestral ensemble. The trumpet was a requirement of De Palma upon his meetings with Isham, and despite Isham's tendency to lean towards electronic soundscapes, he relies largely on the 100-member strong English ensemble for the force behind the score. To achieve the right balance between lush romance, frightening conspiracy, and moody solace, Isham seems to have taken inspiration from Jerry Goldsmith's L.A. Confidential score from 1997, another project involving a James Ellroy adaptation.



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Average: 3.57 Stars
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Gredidine - June 20, 2007, at 9:01 a.m.
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Alternate review of The Black Dahlia at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - December 10, 2006, at 5:15 p.m.
1 comment  (2159 views)
Beautifully done
Sheridan - October 19, 2006, at 7:20 a.m.
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Best Soundtrack this year, so far. (For me)
Marvoüles - October 14, 2006, at 12:38 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:02
• 1. The Black Dahlia - The Zoot Suit Riots (2:14)
• 2. At Norton and Coliseum (4:06)
• 3. The Dahlia (3:10)
• 4. The Two of Us (3:37)
• 5. Mr. Fire Versus Mr. Ice (3:17)
• 6. Madeline (3:06)
• 7. Dwight and Kay (3:12)
• 8. Hollywoodland (2:53)
• 9. Red Arrow Inn (1:36)
• 10. Men Who Feed on Others (4:25)
• 11. Super Cops (2:01)
• 12. Death at the Olympic (3:33)
• 13. No Other Way (2:07)
• 14. Betty Short (2:18)
• 15. Nothing Stays Buried Forever (6:27)

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