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Proof of Life
(2000)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
David Slonaker
Edgardo Simone
Mark McKenzie
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(December 19th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you appreciate the modern, synth-loop thrillers that Danny Elfman produced later in the 2000's, in which case Proof of Life is the first, rough-riding venture into the genre.

Avoid it... if you love the fine details of orchestral and melodic color that Elfman usually conveyed in his music at the time, because this score is an almost alien texture by comparison.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #362
WRITTEN 1/8/00, REVISED 6/22/08
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Proof of Life: (Danny Elfman) Despite the hype generated by the real life romance between stars Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe on the set of Proof of Life, the hostage thriller was an immense disappointment at the box office. Crowe plays a detective and negotiator who is hired by Ryan to help find her husband, who is kidnapped in South America by militant guerrillas. An on-screen romance and perpetual jump from one dangerous situation to another complicate matters. Director Taylor Hackford had worked with composer Danny Elfman on his previous film, Dolores Claiborne, and this time the composer was thrust into a thriller genre that was still new to him at this point in his career. The resulting music was most often described as "difficult" by reviewers at the time, being that it is less saturated with Elfman's traditional styles and therefore more difficult to grasp or appreciate. It is a functional and adequate work, though a bit predictable, and it excels beyond average at certain points throughout the length of the film's plot. On album, Proof of Life presents more challenges than casual collectors of the composer were accustomed to hearing, though Elfman's endeavors in the genre in the later 2000's have largely made this sound a permanent part of his career. In all such cases, its difficult to find solace in Elfman's thrillers, regardless of their accurate emotional emulation of the stories they accompany. The composer's movement towards the brash, electronic edges of the MIDI Revolution in Proof of Life was a disturbing embrace of a mindless trend by an otherwise inventive composer, a trend that has catapulted the careers of many otherwise unknown composers far less talented than Elfman. In these respects, the electronically driven harshness of Proof of Life was perhaps the least recognizable work of Elfman at the time. Even in the just previous music of A Simple Plan and Instinct, there was a stylistic haunting of Elfman's unique touch, led by shadows of minor and major key toils. Proof of Life, on the other hand, could very well have been the work of Don Davis, Marco Beltrami, Larry Groupé, or a dozen other contemporary synthesizer experts.



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Total Time: 30:13
• 1. Main Title (5:52)
• 2. The Hostage Game (3:04)
• 3. Plane to Catch (1:19)
• 4. Alice Breaks Down (2:12)
• 5. Bullet in the Head (2:22)
• 6. The Miscarriage (2:09)
• 7. Escape (3:20)
• 8. The Rescue (3:37)
• 9. The Finale (6:13)

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