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The Interpreter
(2005)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted and Co-Orchestrated by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman
James T. Hill

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony

Vocal Solos by:
Kirsten Braten Berg
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(April 19th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the finer details of any restrained score for a political thriller, especially when significant ethnic undertones spice up the mix.

Avoid it... if extended sequences of ambient sound design and free-floating percussive ramblings aren't worth tolerating for ten minutes of truly interesting action and melodic development near the end.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #693
WRITTEN 4/27/05, REVISED 10/21/11
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The Interpreter: (James Newton Howard) By 2005, it had been a while since respected director Sydney Pollack had delved into the political thriller genre, but with his similar films of fine quality extending all the way back to Three Days of the Condor, there's always much promise in these ventures. The setting of The Interpreter exists at the United Nations in New York and involves a fictional country based on contemporary real-life dictators and political environments in the African nation of Zimbabwe. A U.N. interpreter from that nation overhears a plot to assassinate its leader, and this knowledge plunges her (and the American secret service agents who help her) into a potentially explosive international event. With a plotline of quality and the acting talent to back it up, The Interpreter was hailed as a project on par with (if not above) Pollack's established quality of operation. If there is any one genre of film which consistently provides for a better viewing on screen than a listening experience on album, it's the modern political thriller. The scores for these films are a difficult element to judge on their own because the music for a project like The Interpreter is often atmospheric by demand rather than a larger participant within the film. Not a surprise at all is the fact that composer James Newton Howard landed on this project, for he is well versed in the two major necessities for The Interpreter: cloudiness and ethnicity. He is no stranger to the idea of populating the dark corners of a tense, character-driven film with a droning ambient environment (his personality-minus work for Michael Clayton even earned him an Oscar nomination). Howard has also proven his ability to provide the ethnic flair that a score like The Interpreter could well use to its benefit. The composer accomplishes this ethnicity through African vocals and a wide range of percussion from half a dozen specialty performers. While the African influence on the score for The Interpreter never explodes with the same outward expression as any soundtrack with Lebo M. performances, per se, Howard does impress by supplying any such ethnicity at all; it's a move that saves his score from total obscurity. He adapts the traditional African hymn "Atolago" into several cues, and it is, ironically, the most memorable thematic element in the score and yields a remarkably poignant end credits arrangement.



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384 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.11 Stars
***** 66 5 Stars
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* 42 1 Stars
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - April 28, 2007, at 5:54 p.m.
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The Interpreter near end African music/song   Expand >>
RickF - June 23, 2005, at 4:29 p.m.
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G.Ghazali
What's tt song not featured in the soundtrack??
Layla - June 3, 2005, at 12:34 p.m.
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What about Collateral Score?
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Alternate review of The Interpreter at Movie Music UK
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 45:06
• 1. Matobo (8:24)
• 2. Silvia is Followed (1:22)
• 3. Tobin Comes Home (2:19)
• 4. Silvia's Background (1:03)
• 5. Philippe (1:27)
• 6. Drowning Man Trail (Atolago) (1:44)
• 7. Guy Forgot his Lunch (3:02)
• 8. The Phonecall (1:08)
• 9. Simon's Journals (3:05)
• 10. Silvia Showers (2:51)
• 11. Did He Leave a Note? (3:55)
• 12. Zuwanie Arrival at U.N.(6:01)
• 13. Assassin (4:14)
• 14. End Credits (Atolago) (4:13)

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