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(2005)
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Decca/Universal
(December 27th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you enjoy Williams' finely crafted, introspective, and personal scores defined by their subtle solo statements of melancholy theme.

Avoid it... if you expect the overwhelming beauty and lush, dramatic themes along the lines of the more poignant Schindler's List.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #324
WRITTEN 1/6/06
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Munich: (John Williams) Perhaps only the founder of the Shoah Foundation and the most well-respected Jew in the history of filmmaking could pull off such a striking commentary on the history of the Middle East's deadly history of religious and cultural reprisals. Like Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg approaches his history of the aftermath of the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics from the perspective of a documentary. But unlike Schindler's List, the Jews aren't the outright victims in Munich, with Spielberg angering both Israelis and Palestinians (despite his obvious love for Israel) with his seemingly unbiased take on the opening days of the perpetual cycle of terror-styled violence that has existed between the two peoples since Munich. Based on the book Vengeance by George Jonas, the film deals with the trials and failures of the small team of men organized by the Israeli prime minister herself for the purpose of hunting down the eleven Palestinian men behind the terror attacks at Munich and eliminating them in the public fashion of horrific bombings. Likewise, the tragedies that occur during these assassinations are presented by Spielberg with a distinctly mournful atmosphere, often with the cinematic effect of bright lights above, or outside a window, shining in on an otherwise bleak canvas of muted colors. This affect of common melancholy between both the Israelis and Palestinians is directly interpreted in the score by John Williams, whose music serves to further merge the tragedy by sharing themes across cultures and producing a score of both restrained beauty and stark shades of gray.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 62:36
• 1. Munich 1972 (2:37)
• 2. The Attack at Olympic Village (3:00)
• 3. Hatikva (The Hope) (2:02)
• 4. Remembering Munich (4:38)
• 5. Letter Bombs (2:48)
• 6. A Prayer for Peace (3:51)
• 7. Bearing the Burden (8:11)
• 8. Avner and Daphna (4:02)
• 9. The Tarmac at Munich (3:59)
• 10. Avner's Theme (3:07)
• 11. Stalking Carl (4:24)
• 12. Bonding (1:57)
• 13. Encounter in London/Bomb Malfunctions (3:37)
• 14. Discovering Hans (2:47)
• 15. The Raid in Tarifa (2:03)
• 16. Thoughts of Home (4:03)
• 17. Hiding the Family (1:25)
• 18. End Credits (4:06)

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The insert includes a note from Steven Spielberg about the score and film.
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