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Frost/Nixon
(2008)
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Composed, Arranged, and Produced by:
Hans Zimmer
Lorne Balfe

Cello Solos by:
Martin Tillmann
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(December 16th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you're tired of hearing intellectually devoid, stagnant action music from Hans Zimmer and yearn for him to explore intelligently stylish material of a much lesser volume.

Avoid it... if you don't have the patience for a score built to subtly accentuate, rather than openly dominate, a conversational setting.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,172
WRITTEN 12/26/08
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Frost/Nixon: (Hans Zimmer/Lorne Balfe) When screenwriter Peter Morgan translated the famous 1977 interviews of disgraced former president Richard Nixon by British talk show host David Frost into a London and Broadway play, several Tony award nominations were the result. Many liberties were taken with the six hours of filmed content that caused quite a stir in the media that year, with some circumstances relating to sequences and exact content rearranged to make the play more dramatically appealing. When Ron Howard used the same Morgan screenplay for his 2008 awards-season film adaptation of the production, he inherited not only the two lead actors from the show, but also the same historical inaccuracies. Regardless of the finer points involving the liberties taken with the content, Frost/Nixon still serves to humanize Nixon in a way that the interview broadcasts succeeded in accomplishing. Rather than treating the reviled former president as a larger-than-life figure, as had been done in Oliver Stone's 1995 film about the man, Howard continues to show the vulnerabilities of Nixon despite his immense and stubborn intellect. The play obviously had no use for the kind of music that would be necessary for the film, and Howard turned to his Backdraft and The Da Vinci Code collaborator, Hans Zimmer, to create music that would compliment the tone of the interview process without contributing a melodramatic atmosphere to their otherwise low-key, intelligent jousting. The music for any film based on the subtle, verbal battles of two men is a daunting task, and pictures like Frost/Nixon are not generally known for their scores unless that music intrudes on the content in a negative way.



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Average: 3.37 Stars
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Alans Zimvestri - August 14, 2009, at 9:18 a.m.
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Alternate review of Frost/Nixon at Movie Music UK
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This review ought to prove the Zimmer nuts who bash Filmtracks all wrong...   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 43:09
• 1. Watergate (4:25)
• 2. The Numbers (1:54)
• 3. Hello, Good Evening and Welcome (1:31)
• 4. Pardon the Phlebitis (1:45)
• 5. Status (3:59)
• 6. Beverly Hilton (2:24)
• 7. Money (2:47)
• 8. Frost Despondent (2:29)
• 9. Insanely Risky (2:49)
• 10. Cambodia (0:59)
• 11. Research Montage (3:03)
• 12. The Final Interview (2:17)
• 13. Nixon Defeated (2:43)
• 14. First Ideas (9:55)

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