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The Iron Lady
(2011)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein

Orchestrated and Arranged by:
J.A.C. Redford
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Sony Classical
(December 27th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can accept a collection of somewhat unrelated but at least characteristic representations of Thomas Newman's early 1990's mannerisms in a clinically uninvolved package.

Avoid it... if you demand warmth and lyricism where little was possible, Newman's approach viable and occasionally stirring but failing to engage you emotionally in a meaningful, cohesive narrative.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,610
WRITTEN 12/28/11
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The Iron Lady: (Thomas Newman) For comedians, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom supplied over a decade of raw material for jokes pertaining to women in politics who have more balls than their male peers. Less funny for British progressives were Thatcher's hard-line conservative policies, some of which were credited with assisting the country in recovering from economic woes in the early 1980's but others blamed for the demise of a conservative movement that matched that of Ronald Reagan in America at the same time. Her tough, polarizing stance against trade unions, government handouts, and the Soviet Union, along with her disastrous and short-lived poll tax at the end of her term, earned her the nickname "The Iron Lady" and the respect and hatred of many of her constituents. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the 2011 biographical movie about Thatcher by director Phyllida Lloyd, The Iron Lady, is the fact that it was released while the former Prime Minister was still alive, prompting her children to proactively defend their mother's legacy by denouncing the picture as leftist distortion of the famous conservative figurehead. The script of the movie handles Thatcher's life by utilizing a series of flashbacks to cover important events from her teenage years through her time in office, with a significant portion dedicated to the Falklands War in 1982. The most highly advertised aspect of the production was, of course, the performance by Meryl Streep in the primary role, and the talented veteran studied for that role to such an extent that she even attended a session at the House of Commons to view how a British prime minister interacts in that setting. It shouldn't be surprising that her performance was applauded universally by critics despite the shortcomings of the rest of the film. In its entirety, The Iron Lady did not fare particularly well in reviews, in part because of the picture's attempt to clinically approach such a controversial leader. Thatcher remains such a divisive historical figure that any film about her was destined to be met with the same kind of wide-ranging response one has come to expect with a film about America's George W. Bush. While it had been speculated that composer Alexandre Desplat would be the natural choice to once again provide the music for a film about a famous Brit in the government, the assignment went to Thomas Newman. At one time an Academy darling of the orchestral realm, Newman spent much of the 2000's writing for highly eclectic ensembles, and The Iron Lady represents another of his occasional returns to his early 1990's styles.



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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - December 31, 2011, at 1:53 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 54:42
• 1. Soldiers of the Queen - performed by The Military Band of the Queen's Regiment (0:50)
• 2. MT (0:49)
• 3. Grocer's Daughter (2:18)
• 4. Grand Hotel (0:46)
• 5. Swing Parliament (3:42)
• 6. Eyelash (1:45)
• 7. Shall We Dance? (from "The King and I") - performed by Deborah Kerr, Marni Nixon and Yul Brynner (4:24)
• 8. Denis (1:55)
• 9. The Great in Great Britain (2:21)
• 10. Airey Neave (0:48)
• 11. Discord and Harmony (2:35)
• 12. The Twins (1:04)
• 13. Nation of Shopkeepers (1:45)
• 14. Fiscal Responsibility (1:48)
• 15. Crisis of Confidence (4:04)
• 16. Community Charge (2:02)
• 17. Casta Diva (from "Norma") - performed by Maria Callas (5:34)
• 18. The Difficult Decisions (1:33)
• 19. Exclusion Zone (4:14)
• 20. Statecraft (3:41)
• 21. Steady the Buffs (4:51)
• 22. Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 - performed by Olli Mustonen (1:53)

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The insert includes a synopsis of the film but no extra information about the score.
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