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The Statement
(2003)
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Composed and Produced by:
Norman Corbeil

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(January 13th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you wish to hear a subdued and prolonged mixture of anonymously vague musical representations of suspense and religion.

Avoid it... if you prefer your suspense and religion scores to be vibrant, active, and interesting in texture and the development of consistent structures.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,428
WRITTEN 1/30/04, REVISED 4/8/09
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The Statement: (Norman Corbeil) Originally predicted to be an Academy Award powerhouse from the arthouse film venues in late 2003, The Statement turned out to be both a critical and popular flop. A contemporary political thriller based on a novel by Brian Moore, the story of an aged Nazi collaborator in modern day France (and the chase to arrest and/or kill him), is loosely based on factual events. With Michael Caine playing the war criminal on the run, utilizing his faith and the structure of the Catholic Chruch in the south of France to protect himself, the film advertised itself as a tense thriller with a distinct message. Director Norman Jewison has had his fair share of cinematic success, but with The Statement he created a film universally criticized for its muddling of that message, poor plot progression, and, worst of all, the lack of truly convincing suspense. The director was keen on producing an atmosphere of one prolonged chase, much in the mould of a Hitchcock film, and the score was to understandably follow the lead of some of Bernard Herrmann's best work for such thrillers. Jewison chose newcomer Norman Corbeil to write the music for The Statement, citing his ability to balance the suspense of the lengthy, often subdued chase while also capturing the religious spirit behind the film (not only is Catholic absolution a central theme, but the film is dedicated at its end to the many French Jews killed in World War II). Corbeil had been nominated for an Emmy award in 2003 for his work for the television series "Hitler: The Rise of Evil," featuring a score with many of the same elements needed to make The Statement a success. Also in Corbeil's resume to that point were Screamers and Double Jeapardy, both functional scores though nothing spectacular. Creating the drawn out suspense for The Statement would be easy enough with a traditional orchestra, but for the religious tones of the film, Corbeil recorded the score in a London church that had been converted into a studio, with even a lofty women's chorale employed to add an extra angelic touch when necessary.



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Joep - January 12, 2007, at 7:20 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 42:03
• 1. The Statement (1:02)
• 2. Be Careful (1:05)
• 3. The Massacre (2:54)
• 4. Assassin #2 (2:31)
• 5. C'mon Let's Go (1:38)
• 6. Conversation (1:59)
• 7. In the Mountain (2:13)
• 8. Goodbye Letter (1:16)
• 9. Assassin in the Washroom (1:26)
• 10. Church Map (1:35)
• 11. Flashback (1:39)
• 12. Give Me a Lift (2:36)
• 13. The Church (0:57)
• 14. Confession (1:05)
• 15. Repentance (1:24)
• 16. Advice for Anne-Marie (1:44)
• 17. Bobby's Doing Well (1:42)
• 18. Candle Lighting (3:05)
• 19. The Chase (3:04)
• 20. Are You a Chevalier (1:32)
• 21. God is Good (2:21)
• 22. The Book (1:05)
• 23. Finale (1:19)

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