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The Boys from Brazil
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1989 Masters Film Music
2000 A&M Records
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2008 Intrada
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

2008 Album Produced by:
Douglass Fake

Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
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Masters Film Music

A&M Records (Japan)

Intrada Records
(September 22nd, 2008)
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The 1989 album was a limited pressing released by Masters Film Music in conjunction with Varèse Sarabande's CD Club. The identical 2000 album from A&M Records was only released in Japan. Both of these albums are extremely rare. The 2008 album from Intrada Records was limited to 5,000 copies, a high number in the soundtrack collector's market that allowed the product to remain available for almost a year before selling out.
Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you are prepared for one of Jerry Goldsmith's most unique genre-defying efforts, a technical masterpiece that is more intelligent than most to have ever come from Hollywood.

Avoid it... if you prefer your listening experiences to be more consistently streamlined, in which case Capricorn One is a better packaging of the sinister half of The Boys from Brazil (and obviously absent the striking waltzes).
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WRITTEN 7/16/09
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The Boys from Brazil: (Jerry Goldsmith) An incredibly compelling and tense drama taking advantage of public fears about surviving Nazi operatives in South America, Frank Schaffner's The Boys from Brazil postulated that a maniacal Nazi scientist was able to produce genetically perfect clones of Adolf Hitler from host mothers in the jungles of Brazil and then seed them around the world so that someday one of the boys could fulfill Hitler's unrealized visions. A famed Jewish Nazi-hunter, played by Sir Laurence Olivier in a role that brought him Oscar recognition, seeks to track down and expose the scientist, who himself battles other surviving Nazi agents, including his own security force. The bloody, final confrontation between the two men is decided by, ironically, a young Hitler clone in the United States. Perhaps the most shocking aspect of The Boys from Brazil came with the casting of Gregory Peck (with much make-up) in the role of the Nazi, though equally surprising was the unconventional approach taken to the music for the film by Schaffner and composer Jerry Goldsmith, who would also receive an Oscar nomination for his efforts on The Boys from Brazil. Despite some praise for these various off-kilter aspects of the production, relatively poor grosses awaited the film at its debut in 1978 and it has since slipped into obscurity. The score by Goldsmith was somewhat controversial in its choice of musical genre to guide the pursuit throughout the film. Schaffner was quite versed in the musical language, and he immediately insisted to a reluctant Goldsmith that The Boys from Brazil be scored with a battle between the styles of music that appropriately reflected the cultural divide in the story. More specifically, the director requested that the meter of waltzes be employed throughout the picture, and subsequently the Jewish presence is handled with an imitation of Johann Strauss' Viennese waltz constructs while the Nazi presence replies with a variation inspired by the anti-Semetic Richard Wagner, whose music was often associated with Hitler's Germany. The obvious differences in weight and melodrama inherent in the styles of Struass and Wagner is precisely the balancing act that Schaffner requested of Goldsmith, and the composer enthusiastically emulated those sounds in battle, once declaring that the score owes more to the classic composers than his own sensibilities. The score for The Boys from Brazil remains distinctive due to that underlying strategy, thus retaining fewer of Goldsmith's usual mannerisms than some of his fans may prefer.

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An Intelligent Score
Compos24 - July 23, 2009, at 10:20 p.m.
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1989 and 2000 Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 38:46
• 1. Suite from The Boys from Brazil (19:45)
• 2. We're Home Again - performed by Elaine Paige (3:51)
• 3. Frau Doring (8:12)
• 4. The Dogs & Finale (6:58)
2008 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 111:19

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The inserts of the 1989 and 2008 albums include extensive information about the score and film.
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