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Body of Lies
(2008)
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Composed and Produced by:
Marc Streitenfeld

Conducted by:
Mike Nowak
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Walt Fowler
Yvette Moriarty
Rick Giovinazzo

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 14th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are reliably fascinated by understated scores that function solely on texture and rhythm, especially in cross-cultural settings.

Avoid it... if a marginally tense atmosphere created by slight rhythms and smart, ethnic instrumentation isn't compelling enough to warrant a standalone listening experience.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,204
WRITTEN 10/27/08
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Body of Lies: (Marc Streitenfeld) Intelligent geopolitical thrillers like Body of Lies are a refreshing change of pace from Hollywood, featuring an extremely thoughtful script and a believable set of characters and circumstances in today's actual world of espionage and counter-terrorism. Director Ridley Scott's film follows the pursuit of an Islamic terrorist by a team of two veteran CIA operatives. The involvement of the Jordanian Intelligence Agency complicates matters, though the experience of the Americans (one an expert in field work and the other the manipulator of technology to view the action from high above) gives them a gritty sense of reality. These basic elements, along with the necessary cultural confrontation and betrayal to keep audiences on the edge of their seats, are what many critics have cited as the source of the film's great strength. William Monahan, fresh off of his success on The Departed, has received significant praise for his screenplay for Body of Lies, creating a narrative that few could predict. While Scott is no longer collaborating directly with composer Hans Zimmer for his films, he did end up rotating between a few of Zimmer's proteges before settling on another German, Marc Streitenfeld. Though not a household name, Streitenfeld was Zimmer's technical assistant for several years during the height of the Oscar-winner's popularity. He shifting from being an editor of The Prince of Egypt, Gladiator, Hannibal, and The Last Samurai to the role of supervisor for Harry Gregson-Williams' impressive score for Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, eventually gaining a compositional assignment from Scott for 2006's A Good Year. Body of Lies marks their third consecutive collaboration (including American Gangster in between), and while none of these scores has received the kind of popular response as the previous works by the better-known composers, the films haven't required the type of high profile scores that draw attention to themselves. Undoubtedly, Body of Lies falls into the same category, serving as only an atmospheric piece of the larger puzzle and rarely announcing its presence with any great volume. Its intent is to address the cultural aspect of the film in distinctly subtle tones, succeeding to a functional extent.



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302 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.26 Stars
***** 16 5 Stars
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*** 70 3 Stars
** 91 2 Stars
* 96 1 Stars
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My 2 cents on Body Of Lies
Smokey - October 31, 2008, at 8:34 p.m.
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Alternate review of Body of Lies at Movie Music UK
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 45:07
• 1. White Whale (2:14)
• 2. Punishment (1:36)
• 3. To Amman (2:42)
• 4. Aisha (2:11)
• 5. All By Himself (1:32)
• 6. Burning Safehouse (1:46)
• 7. Al-Saleem (2:05)
• 8. Manchester Raid (2:40)
• 9. Chased (1:35)
• 10. NSA Speech (2:46)
• 11. Tortured (2:13)
• 12. Dead Sea (1:16)
• 13. No Touch (1:21)
• 14. I Am Out (2:37)
• 15. Rabid Dogs (2:49)
• 16. Lost Vision (2:00)
• 17. Never Lie to Me (1:14)
• 18. I Shutter to Think (2:27)
• 19. Half Steps (1:28)
• 20. Making the Call (1:11)
• 21. My Fault (1:53)
• 22. Betrayal (3:31)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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