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"O"
(2001)
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Composed and Produced by:
Jeff Danna

Conducted by:
Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Orchestrated by:
Andrew Lockington
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 28th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you wish to hear consistently subdued orchestral material that uses many of the same techniques as Mychael Danna's work.

Avoid it... if you prefer your music for "Othello" tragedies to rumble with melodramatic intensity and explode with emotional energy.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,381
WRITTEN 7/2/03, REVISED 2/9/09
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"O": (Jeff Danna) An ill-fated endeavor, Tim Blake Nelson's directorial experiment with this pop cultural adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Othello" is better known for its relationship with a more gut-wrenching real-life event rather than its own tragic storyline. Nelson (who most people will recognize as the actor who played the idiotic Delmar character in O Brother, Where Art Thou?) recreated the melodramatic Shakespearian play in a modern, private high school environment, with the black title character existing as a basketball star who falls in love with the "whitest" girl in the school (the pseudo Desdemona) and draws the jealousy of the basketball coach's son (the pseudo Iago). That alone leads the story down a predictable path of self-destruction and, for those who are ignorant of the Shakespeare story, a disastrously disappointing ending. The problem with the picture was that the Othello character executes his vengeance by committing an act of mass school violence devised by the Iago equivalent. The production of "O" finished in 1998, and because the disturbing Columbine High School massacre in Colorado was fresh in everyone's minds at the time, the studio held the film on the shelves for several years to compensate for their bad timing. The musical approach for the project was one that Nelson wanted to use as a bridging of the wide gap between the classical era and contemporary hip hop and rap. In the film, the latter representations ended up with most of the attention (leading to additional questions about black culture music inspiring violence). For the orchestral side, Nelson chose composer Jeff Danna, brother of the veteran Mychael Danna, because, as he states, he "simply liked him" (one of the better explanations of a hiring to come from the industry in a while). Jeff Danna had worked mostly on obscure television scores up to that point, including his fair share of low budget kung fu endeavors, and "O" stood as his best known work at the time of its release. While without the impressive resume of his brother, Jeff already possessed the same classically orchestral inclinations (which would lead to the stunning, ethnically rich score for The Gospel of John in 2003), and it is this style which Nelson wished to hear in both the dramatic and subdued moments of his film.



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Average: 2.59 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 43:26
• 1. Ave Maria - written by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by Renata Scotto (3:55)
• 2. Hawk (4:56)
• 3. Victory and Defeat (1:21)
• 4. The Scarf (1:34)
• 5. Spinning a Web (2:46)
• 6. Confrontation (1:02)
• 7. Odin's Vigil (2:25)
• 8. A Devilish Plan (3:09)
• 9. Hawks vs. Bulldogs (3:44)
• 10. Murderous Intentions (1:48)
• 11. Odin's Rage (2:08)
• 12. Highwaymen (3:05)
• 13. Sleep (4:53)
• 14. My Life is Over (1:59)
• 15. To Take Flight (3:59)

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The insert includes a short note from the director about the score and film.
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