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Comments about the soundtrack for Enemy at the Gates (James Horner)

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Horner rip-off theory
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• Posted by: Michael Arlidge   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, October 12, 2001, at 10:44 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Can you say rip off? (Michael Leonard)

To all people who think that James Horner is uncreative, and borrows from not only his own scores, but from those of other composers - get stuffed! Horner may borrow, but the result as heard in the final score is perfection. It does not matter a stuff that he is borrowing. If it suits the movie, and makes for a good listen, then that is all that counts. And, as for the similarities in the themes for Enemy at the Gates and Schindler's List, they are similar, but each is somewhat unique. I would even go so far as to say that the Horner theme is superior to the Williams one, but only so far as it appears within the context of the film (the human side of war compared to the Holocaust). As for the rest of the score for Enemy at the Gates, it is immense, not only in scope, but also in emotional resonance. If Mr. Horner does not win the Academy Award (regardless of whether there are two categories, Dramatic Score and Comedy Score, or just Original Score), then it will be a great shame, because he has created a score that stays in one's memory well after it has been heard, and fits the movie like a glove.

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