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Dunkirk
(2017)
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Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Composed and Co-Conducted by:
Benjamin Wallifisch

Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
Lorne Balfe

Co-Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Additional Music by:
Satnam Singh Ramgotra
Andy Page
Andrew Kawczynski
Steve Mazzaro

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Walter Fowler
Suzette Moriarty
Carl Rydlund
Jeremy Levy
David Kristal

Co-Produced by:
Christopher Nolan
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WaterTower Music
(July 21st, 2017)
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Regular U.S. release. Multiple vinyl options are also available.
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Nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you can approach this music with academic interest in studying one of the most obnoxiously inappropriate and brutally juvenile "fear zeal" film scores of a generation.

Avoid it... unless you have a really fabulous sense of humor about laughably terrible film music that fails miserably in its quest for innovation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,574
WRITTEN 12/21/17
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Dunkirk: (Hans Zimmer/Various) Though mostly faithful in its historical accuracy, Christopher Nolan's acclaimed 2017 war film Dunkirk took some artistic liberty with the famed evacuation of Allied forces from France during World War II. The director sought to avoid to two aspects of the genre covered endlessly by other films: politics and character stories. With limited dialogue in his script, Nolan's goal was to immerse the audience in the sights and sounds of the harrowing evacuation, taking a mechanical approach to a dramatically emotional event. There is indeed emotional depth in Dunkirk, but it is largely applied through the blunt force of the film's overall tone of brutality. A handful of characters is followed throughout the story, but their depictions are two-dimensional and dwarfed by the various wholesale aspects of war shown in intervals at land, air, and sea. The movie's stark depiction was largely heralded as a success, earning significant grosses for a grim war topic and predictably eliciting numerous awards nominations. Among the highly praised production elements of Dunkirk is its score by Hans Zimmer and his expansive crew. For long sequences, the film utilizes the score in conjunction with only sound effects, blending the two together as needed to supply a morbid sense of foreboding to the proceedings. Nolan specifically requested music of a propulsive but ambient nature to accentuate the feeling of panic felt by all involved in the evacuation. He then dials in and out the interchangeable pieces of the score where needed in the film, with no significant synchronization points attempted and the music alternating between blaringly obvious and barely heard. At several points in the film, the score creeps into the background of the mix in such a way that you cannot tell if it is music or the droning of an approaching German plane. At other times, the forceful music is so loud that you cannot hear what the characters are saying or even the sound effects immediately around them. In both cases, however, that music exists to unsettle. Even in its heavy reliance on "Nimrod" from Sir Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations" for the redemptive element in latter cues, Zimmer and his team thrash the demeanor of that piece to give it a distinctly battered personality.



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A ridiculous travesty
Endere Massoviata - February 16, 2018, at 5:38 a.m.
1 comment  (431 views)
Zimmer's Jolly Band of Clones
Ben Zawilski - December 28, 2017, at 1:21 p.m.
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Global Composers Network review DUNKIRK by Hans Zimmer
Tristan Phoenix - December 23, 2017, at 1:23 p.m.
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Dear Lord Satan, answer our Hans Zimmer prayers!
Valar Morghulis - December 22, 2017, at 8:48 p.m.
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Goldenthal: Master Experimenter
Wilczak - December 22, 2017, at 3:39 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 74:27
• 1. The Mole* (5:35)
• 2. We Need Our Army Back (6:28)
• 3. Shivering Soldier (2:52)
• 4. Supermarine (8:03)
• 5. The Tide* (3:48)
• 6. Regimental Brothers* (5:04)
• 7. Impulse (2:36)
• 8. Home* (6:02)
• 9. The Oil (6:10)
• 10. Variation 15 (Dunkirk)* (5:51)
• 11. End Titles* (7:12)
* contains music composed by Sir Edward Elgar

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive credits and lengthy notes about the scoring process from both the composer and director.
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