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The Italian Job
(2003)
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Composed, Programmed, Arranged, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony
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Varèse Sarabande
(June 24th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you react well to smooth, cosmopolitan scores with stylish electronic rhythms and occasionally roaring, metallic action.

Avoid it... if the score's tendency in its latter half to digress into flamboyant, vigorous, and downright nasty electronic action motifs is a deterrent for you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #174
WRITTEN 6/23/03, REVISED 3/10/09
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The Italian Job: (John Powell) In this remake of the 1969 film of the same name, the only true crossovers from the first film to the second are the fashionable Mini Cooper cars that are pivotal in an unlikely escape sequence because of their very small size. Some viewers argued that the Mini Coopers have more charisma than the stars of the film, but most others would say that The Italian Job, regardless of its problematic acting, is a classy and well executed heist flick. The film lingered for several weeks near the top of box office charts and remains a popular cable television event. Despite the overwhelming interest in the extensive placement of songs in the film, demand for the contemporary score by John Powell also swelled during the first month of the film's release. Powell was quickly establishing himself as an artist more highly in demand than many of his peers from the Media Ventures complex run by Hans Zimmer. Aside from his light comedy scores, Powell had been venturing further into the straight action genre, with a disappointingly incoherent score for The Bourne Identity only a year previous to The Italian Job. For this newer heist story, however, the element of sophistication in the complexity of the robberies taking place on the screen led to a slightly different approach from Powell. After all, for a story that features the mass rigging of traffic lights on a city-wide scale (as means, of course, of escaping from those pesky Los Angeles police), the score has to hit a reciprocal stride with stylish energy and pizzazz. Powell's response is a work that will remind listeners very much of the style of contemporary artist David Holmes, whose score for Ocean's Eleven struck a similar chord for a comparable film. The propulsive nature of the music will indeed remind some Powell collectors of the chopping ostinatos of The Bourne Identity and its sequel scores (and that string ostinato effect is actually employed in a few of the moments of pursuit here). The likewise electronically-based underscore for The Italian Job is rhythmically flamboyant and downright vigorous during moments of high speed chasing. That modern edge, while not containing a thematic identity of any significant kind, would lend a continuously cosmopolitan, smooth, and gregarious seasoning in the updated rendition of this old story.



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name of brand boat
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Clever combination of symphonic orchestra and electronics
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 42:26
• 1. Opening Titles (2:05)
• 2. The Italian Job (1:48)
• 3. Venice Gold Heist (4:40)
• 4. Boat Chase (4:47)
• 5. Mourning John (1:04)
• 6. Planning the Heist (2:50)
• 7. Pawning the Gold (1:57)
• 8. Cable Chick (2:37)
• 9. Getting the Axe (2:16)
• 10. The Devil Inside (1:52)
• 11. Bitter Suite (1:59)
• 12. The New Plan (5:08)
• 13. Tunnel Run (2:13)
• 14. Chopper Chase/Face-Off (2:58)
• 15. Golden (4:05)

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