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Smilla's Sense of Snow
(1997)
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Co-Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Teldec Classics Int./Constantin Records
(March 18th, 1997)
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Limited commercial release in 1997 but completely out of print as of 2000. It became very difficult to find in America during the early 2000's, though copies began circulating on the used market in the late 2000's for $20 or more.
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Buy it... if you like filling the void of a silent room with consistent, subtle, synthetically atmospheric scores from the mystery section of the 1990's Media Ventures sound libraries.

Avoid it... if you are expecting the majority of the score to be the work of Hans Zimmer and have any remote semblance of the melodic, propulsive style that defined his most popular scores of the era.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #734
WRITTEN 3/20/97, REVISED 9/29/11
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Smilla's Sense of Snow: (Harry Gregson-Williams/Hans Zimmer) Based on the thrilling novel by Peter Hoeg, Smilla's Sense of Snow features a half-Inuit scientist played by Julia Ormand who is compelled to investigate the mysterious death of a neighbor boy. Naturally, the growing complexity of the circumstances of the boy's death begin to grow to full-blown conspiracy levels and the wintry adventure takes viewers on a tour of Denmark and its colonies with several top flight actors in tow. The murder mystery has a span of science that extends 140 years and, in the age of criminal mischief when concerning potentially scary discoveries, ends up dancing on the edge of fantasy and science fiction by its conclusion. At its core, however, Smilla's Sense of Snow is a slowly developing and soft mystery with occasional, thrilling jolts and an atmosphere of constantly dreary weather. Directed by Bille August, the film came and went through the theatres like one of the free-floating snowflakes in its tale, and even a film score featuring the popular name of Hans Zimmer flew largely below the radar. The score, interestingly, could be described with exactly the same words: occasionally thrilling but constantly dreary. By early 1997, Zimmer, already an Oscar-winner, had certainly hit his prime, and job offers were rolling in left and right. The previous year, the composer had satisfied a relationship with a director by accepting composing duties for The Whole Wide World but then turning the entirety of the scoring duties over to young arranger Harry Gregson-Williams, who in reality composed the entire score for that film despite major credit for Zimmer. The same situation presented itself in Smilla's Sense of Snow, although in this case, Zimmer did indeed write a few cues of material and contribute additional ideas for Gregson-Williams to utilize in his majority of the work for the project. With the Media Ventures enterprise taking shape at the time, the age of co-compositional credit and a concentration on the production of music by Zimmer for films had arrived. While this meant less original work for die-hard Zimmer fans to enjoy, it also gave Gregson-Williams opportunities in the same Media Ventures environment to establish himself and set his career in motion for projects like Armageddon and Enemy of the State the following year.

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Average: 2.91 Stars
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**** 40 4 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 54:48
• 1. Greenland: Anno 1859 (4:14)
• 2. Isaiah's Theme (2:06)
• 3. Smilla Learns More (4:22)
• 4. Threatened with Jail (4:47)
• 5. Who is the Mechanic? (4:26)
• 6. Secrets of the Ship (7:11)
• 7. Chase at Sea (8:07)
• 8. Greenland Revisited (10:28)
• 9. The Truth Revealed (6:41)
• 10. End Titles (2:23)

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