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The Monuments Men
(2014)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Conducted by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
William Ross
Jean-Pascal Beintus
Sylvain Morizet
Nicolas Charron

Produced by:
Dominique Lemonnier
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(February 4th, 2014)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can respect Alexandre Desplat's attempt to combine classic Ron Goodwin and Malcolm Arnold patriotism with Elmer Bernstein's comedies and various vintage John Williams techniques into one challenging but effective combination of humor and drama.

Avoid it... if the music's forced merging of so many disparate styles bothers your sensibilities just as much as the film's equally wavering emotional focus, the music credited with causing some of the film's problems in that regard.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,295
WRITTEN 3/30/14
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The Monuments Men: (Alexandre Desplat) You have to credit director, producer, and actor George Clooney for at least attempting to resurrect the feel-good American World War II propaganda movies that followed in great quantities after the war. The nostalgia is omnipresent in The Monuments Men, Clooney's 2014 adaptation of an account of mostly true events surrounding Allied efforts to save classic European artwork from destruction by the Nazis or capture by the Soviets. Bankrolled in part by Germans, The Monuments Men takes the basic facts of history and stretches them almost beyond recognition for the purposes of yielding a patriotic and funny character crusade reminiscent of the lofty war films of the 1950's. The balance of serious history and frivolous character humor proved to be the film's greatest issue to be resolved, requiring extra post-production work that pushed its opening back from 2013. Critics didn't buy the artificial merging, though the solid cast of the production helped pull The Monuments Men to a decent box office showing. One of the areas of the film complicated immensely by the battle between humor and history was its music, and Clooney once again turned to French composer Alexandre Desplat to walk the fine line between suspenseful resonance and fanciful patriotic humor. Intriguingly, Desplat was actually afforded a rather significant cameo role in the film as well, with several scenes, lines of dialogue, and emotional responses featuring his distinctive face. As for the music, there is no doubt that Clooney sought an equally throwback score, one rooted in the days of Ron Goodwin and Malcolm Arnold. While some modern listeners may consider this style to be nothing more than shallow, marching, patriotic fluff, it certainly has its place in cinematic history and is appropriate in this context. The issues of appropriateness begin to emerge when Desplat also calls upon Elmer Bernstein's comedy styles of the early 1980's, which, when combined with the Goodwin and Arnold infusion, yield something potentially sickening in a way similar to John Williams' 1941. Perhaps not surprisingly, Williams' wartime methods also separately inform The Monuments Men, producing a somewhat amusing offshoot of Michael Giacchino's original "Medal of Honor" video game music in the process. There is some trademark Desplat to be heard in all of this as well, but don't be surprised if you are overwhelmed by the many outside influences on this music's direction. Critics were not always impressed with the score demeanor, many singling it out for ridicule in reviews of the film.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 60:32
• 1. The Roosevelt Mission (1:20)
• 2. Opening Titles (2:38)
• 3. Ghent Altarpiece (2:38)
• 4. Champagne (1:00)
• 5. Basic Training (1:16)
• 6. Normandy (1:06)
• 7. Deauville (2:34)
• 8. Stokes (1:24)
• 9. I See You, Stahl (2:41)
• 10. John Wayne (2:17)
• 11. Sniper (2:35)
• 12. Into Bruges (1:52)
• 13. The Letter (3:17)
• 14. The Nero Decree (1:40)
• 15. Stahl's Chalet (0:52)
• 16. Jean-Claude Dies (3:30)
• 17. Siegen Mine (3:05)
• 18. Claire & Granger (3:28)
• 19. Gold! (1:29)
• 20. Heilbronn Mine (4:24)
• 21. Castle Art Hoard (2:02)
• 22. Altaussee (0:54)
• 23. Finale (9:18)
• 24. End Credits (1:08)
• 25. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - performed by Nora Sagal (2:04)

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