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L.A. Confidential
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Trumpet/Flugelhorn Solos by:
Malcolm McNab

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
Alexander Courage
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 25th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, and an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you admire the tension of Jerry Goldsmith's highly rhythmic and brutally percussive scores of the 1970's.

Avoid it... if you expect the seductive noir elements to convince you of the era or if you have little patience for Goldsmith's stock 90's action structures.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #276
WRITTEN 12/23/97, REVISED 6/17/07
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L.A. Confidential: (Jerry Goldsmith) The triumph of his career at the time, director Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential was a critical favorite going into the 1997 awards season. His adaptation of James Ellroy's novel is intelligent and engaging, and the film is shot in a distinctly fantastic noir style. It's a classic Hollywood police corruption tale, with an array of different cops, each with his own style, investigating a mob-related massacre with the simmering intensity that fulfills its promise of a definitive shootout at the end. To accompany the strong acting ensemble and vivid color contrast of the film's atmosphere, Hanson selected several songs from the era to punctuate the noir feel in many of his scenes. The common thread of these songs was the Chet Baker style of sultry, night club jazz that John Barry would imitate so well a few years later in Playing by Heart. But L.A. Confidential is a film with extraordinary tension, and the lounge atmosphere addressed by the songs in conversational scenes cannot translate to the edgier side of the story. For his score, Hanson approached his collaborator on The River Wild, Jerry Goldsmith, to connect the dots between the source songs and provide the necessary action. More specifically, Hanson asked Goldsmith to "magically" weave them all together. Goldsmith had been experiencing one of the busiest periods of his career in the mid-1990's, a time when he would have so many projects that he was forced to collaborate with others, a process he would eventually vow to avoid. His numerous action scores of the era were more thematically bold than the equally charged, but more atonal efforts of the 1970's. At the same time, though, many of Goldsmith's 90's action scores, and particularly the ones for films of lesser quality, were defined by their anonymity and regurgitation of stock Goldsmith constructs. Interestingly, L.A. Confidential features traits of both the 1970's style and some of the non-descript action of the 90's, likely leaving the composer's fans of either period somewhat annoyed. Still, L.A. Confidential gained Goldsmith nominations from the Golden Globes and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, though he could not compete with James Horner's Titanic for either award.

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Total Time: 30:01
• 1. Bloody Christmas (2:50)
• 2. The Cafe (2:20)
• 3. Questions (2:20)
• 4. Susan Lefferts (2:54)
• 5. Out of the Rain (2:47)
• 6. Rollo Tomasi (3:08)
• 7. The Photos (2:28)
• 8. The Keys (1:52)
• 9. Shootout (4:09)
• 10. Good Lad (2:19)
• 11. The Victor (2:32)

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The insert contains a note from the director about the score, as well as biographical information about Goldsmith. A song album for the film was released three months earlier and includes only two tracks of Goldsmith music (both of which appear on the original score release).
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