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City Hall
(1996)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(February 13th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release, but difficult to find in stores after a few years.
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Buy it... if you were impressed by Jerry Goldsmith's application of resounding timpani in L.A. Confidential and seek an even more brutally robust expression of similar percussive weight.

Avoid it... if you tire of Goldsmith's use of slight hints of jazz or blues to address the noir-like elements of a film, because such amicable interludes in this otherwise oppressive score are not particularly engaging.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,066
WRITTEN 6/3/98, REVISED 11/2/11
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City Hall: (Jerry Goldsmith) A political thriller penned in part by Nicholas Pileggi (a New York investigative reporter), City Hall tells the rather gloomy tale of how one side of the law helps the other and does so without anybody knowing it. The tough workings of an inner city and all of the unsavory handshakes that exist without the public's knowledge are the setting for a clash between two characters' ideals. The city here is New York, of course, and the primary characters are the mayor, deputy mayor, and a handful of cops, mafia sorts, and attorneys. Directed by Harold Becker, City Hall exposes the dealings of an administration at its best and worst, with intriguing concepts that the film delivers in one of its many fascinating scenes. But the plotline also sinks the film by the end, weighed down by the inclusion of unnecessary story threads and the equally needless addition of a surprisingly chipper ending on an otherwise darkly realistic picture. Even a strong cast could not salvage City Hall from the depths of box office despair in the early winter months of 1996, though the film did mark the start of a very strong year for composer Jerry Goldsmith. Having awakened from the slumber of obscure light dramas and outrageously ridiculous comedies in the early 1990's, Goldsmith began returning to the brazen action and fantasy genres in 1995, and 1996 would prove to be one of the composer's finest years of production. Of his five projects in 1996, City Hall is likely the most scarcely remembered entry, but qualitatively it is better than at least two of his better known, later scores of that year. Suspense and political mayhem are not foreign ideas for Goldsmith; he had scored Becker's Malice several years earlier and would be widely recognized for his powerful work on L.A. Confidential, the score that most closely resembles City Hall among Goldsmith's other digital era works. To distinguish this work from others in the genre, Goldsmith takes two creative routes to achieve a uniquely memorable result: a bluesy twist to his themes and an unusual choice for a dominating primary instrument. These elements allow the score to transcend from the realm of merely average procedural muck to at least retain your interest with their consistently intriguing tones.



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Average: 2.89 Stars
***** 30 5 Stars
**** 38 4 Stars
*** 50 3 Stars
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* 36 1 Stars
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Total Time: 30:14
• 1. The Bridge (2:05)
• 2. The Meet (2:57)
• 3. The Hospital (2:17)
• 4. When I Was a Kid (2:21)
• 5. The Cabin (1:06)
• 6. The King Maker (2:22)
• 7. Old Friends (2:49)
• 8. Swartz is Dead (2:45)
• 9. Think About It (1:22)
• 10. The Report (1:37)
• 11. Take a Vacation (3:31)
• 12. Count On it (4:50)

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