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Comments about the soundtrack for A Beautiful Mind (James Horner)
A Beautiful Mind

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A Beautiful Mind   Wednesday, April 10, 2002 (9:29 a.m.) 

Magnificent movie. I saw it three times, which is unusual for me. I am a professional classically-trained pianist.organist/choral conductor. I am the woman one always sees as the last one in the theatre, waiting for the music credits to roll around.

The first time I saw this film, the music did not even register. I heard and recognised Charlotte Church's voice (which is an eerie, interesting sound, as in a counter-tenor) singing sappy music at the end which came at me as an abrupt - "Allright, the movie's over!"

Horner's music is over-rated. It is easy-listening and catchy, but nothing so profound as to erect the "Shrine" I found today on the internet. Ridiculous
adulation. This particular score was vapid, trite and not there. I would have preferred Glenn Gould playing Bach.

Could someone please tell me if there is anything new coming forth from British composer Christopher Gunning? Some producer should wisen up and give Gunning a call - I just saw "Firelight" after reading a nasty review of Gunning's score.
His score WAS the movie; without it you have a Bronte sister story with decent acting, truncated editing/directing and beautiful scenery. Someone should have set the movie to Gunning's score.

Please let me know if Gunning has anything in the works. He's Britain's best-kept secret, given the right opportunity.


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