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

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Re: Schindler's? No. History? Yes!
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• Posted by: Brendan Anderson   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at 10:00 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Schindler's? No. History? Yes! (Tim Perrine)

> No no no, I don't regard him as the devil of the film scoring industry. I
> have little respect for him compared to other composers as I think he has
> very little artistic integrity. I regard The
> Rocketeer, Krull, Aliens, Legends of the Fall, and about a dozen others as
> film music masterpieces... I actaully do find the man and his plagiarism
> interesting... I'd do a dissertation in a heartbeat.

I agree with pretty much all of that...and what's this about dissertations? You're always wanting to do dissertations on everything

> That's partly true. I think, though, when you look at Horner's track
> record you can infer that my theory is closer to the truth, though... If
> we were talking about Howard Shore or Goldenthal here, I'd have to think
> that your theory is more correct. But, you're right, I haven't been
> tapping Horner's phone line, going through his trash, or interrogating his
> daughters, so I really don't know for sure.

And all I'm saying is that (even though he has performed many many similar transgressions in the past) there are still many people out there willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, and I think they have a right to do that without their favorite composer being verbally crucified (how Horner could be anyone's "favorite" anymore totally eludes me... )

> I meant ethical plagiarism. Let's leave legal plagiarism out of it. I
> really don't care about that.

...Unless of course your name is John Barry

> Thanks for that. I think I'll check out the film this week.

It is quite good! It's long, but it doesn't feel long. It think it was very well done (however, some of the places where Horner adds his four note "evil" motif are just hilarious...such as when the German guy simply puts a cigarette in his mouth "duh duh duh dahhh!!!" )

> Awww...shucks... Thanks, I enjoying debating with you too... you never
> give up/in, though, do you??

Not until most of my point has gotten across, no ...unless of course I'm proven wrong...I hate that!


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