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The Good German
(2006)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(January 9th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you would be interested in a technically accurate homage to the style of film scores in high dramas from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Avoid it... if you expect any sense of warmth or heart in an otherwise accurate, but clinical sound.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,137
WRITTEN 2/9/07
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The Good German: (Thomas Newman) With mixed results, director Steven Soderbergh has attempted to make the ultimate tribute to film noir style. In adapting a recent book by Joseph Kanon, The Good German portrays the chaos in Berlin immediately after the end of World War II, with a popular journalist caught in a triangle of intrigue and suspense involving both the Russians and Americans. The elements of the twisted love story, as well as the larger ethical and political issues addressed by the film, play a secondary role to Soderbergh's attempt to perfectly adapt the picture into such a style that it looks and sounds as though it was filmed in the mid-40's. All the equipment used to film The Good German is genuine to the era, with great pains made to even develop all the Berlin sets in Los Angeles, as per the custom of the time. Visually, the film's noir style proved convincing for nearly everyone despite the wrong aspect ratio of the shooting and, quite inescapably, the nudity and profanity that wouldn't have been allowed in 40's Hollywood. Unfortunately, the film has been a catastrophic failure, earning only $1 million in its first few months of a very limited release that never expanded to a wide release as quickly as expected. Weak character development is most commonly blamed for this failure, though an interesting debate continues about whether or not modern audiences' expectations can be met using noir stylings alone. The lack of warmth in the characters of the story is directly reflected by Thomas Newman's almost clinical score for the film. Given his lineage, Newman is not only a competent choice for this project, but a sentimental one as well. His instructions from the filmmakers are blatantly obvious: produce a score that would feel at home in 1945, an homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood that would perfectly match the style of the project's visuals. And to that end, Newman partially succeeds. He uses an ensemble of the regular studio performers of today's era and arranges them in a very conservative fashion, without any of the progressive flair or sonic inventiveness that you often hear in his more recent styles. Collectors of Golden Age film music will hear many familiar techniques in Newman's recording, but you'll also note that some of the film's flaws carry over to the music as well.



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Average: 3.36 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:26
• 1. Unrecht Oder Recht (Main Title) (2:25)
• 2. River Havel (1:06)
• 3. Countess Roundheels (1:21)
• 4. Such a Boy (1:34)
• 5. Kraut Brain Trust (1:04)
• 6. The Russian Deals (1:11)
• 7. A Good Dose (1:11)
• 8. Muller's Billet (0:48)
• 9. Wittenbergplatz (0:45)
• 10. Trip Ticket (1:41)
• 11. Safe House (0:57)
• 12. A Nazi and a Jew (1:50)
• 13. Dora (2:49)
• 14. Kurfurstendamm (0:43)
• 15. The Big Three (1:24)
• 16. A Persilschein (1:35)
• 17. Stickball (0:27)
• 18. Golem (1:09)
• 19. Atom Bomb (1:30)
• 20. The Good German (2:09)
• 21. Hannelore (1:00)
• 22. Occupation Marks (1:19)
• 23. U-Bahn (1:35)
• 24. The Brandenburg Gate (1:25)
• 25. Skinny Lena (1:44)
• 26. Rockets for Our Side (1:49)
• 27. Always Something Worse (2:05)
• 28. Godless People (End Title) (2:44)
• 29. Jedem Das Seine (2:49)

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