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Fahrenheit 9/11
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Composed and Performed by:
Jeff Gibbs
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Warner Brothers/Rhino
(October 5th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release. A song album with an unrelated selection of songs "inspired by" the film is also available, but it features no score material.

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Buy it... if you desire a faithful but relatively useless souvenir of score and song tracks that attempt to mock the controversial presidency of George W. Bush in full propaganda mode.

Avoid it... if you were either offended by Michael Moore's film or have no interest in hearing its representative music outside of its rhetorical context.
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WRITTEN 10/23/04, REVISED 10/10/11
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Fahrenheit 9/11: (Jeff Gibbs) Not much needs to be said to introduce this highly controversial film and the determined minds behind it. After his highly successful documentary Bowling for Columbine a few years earlier, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore sought to produce the ultimate anti-George W. Bush "documentary" as part of his personal effort to harm Bush's re-election chances against 2004 challenger John Kerry. President Bush is made to look silly and incompetent in the film, balancing between comedy and drama in its pursuit of exposing the less refined aspects of Bush's activity from 2001 to 2003. No effort was ever made to mask Fahrenheit 9/11 as a straight, non-partisan documentary; the purpose of the film was quite clear to all at a time when half of America, along with the majority of the world's onlookers, hoped for an end to Bush's controversial (and, as some would say, illegitimate) presidency. The difference between Fahrenheit 9/11 and most other propaganda films, however, is the extraordinary reception that the film received from people all across the political spectrum. Whether or not you like Moore or the film, its impact was profound because of the overwhelming viewership and consequent press that the film received. That said, Americans were dumb enough to re-elect Bush anyway, so Moore ultimately failed at his task. When you think about these Moore documentaries, you're not likely going to recall the music, even if you're a soundtrack collector. But believe it or not, these films do have scores that co-exist with the better known outsourced songs. The composer for Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 is a high school buddy of Moore, Jeff Gibbs, whose primary duties on the films were as a producer and co-director over and beyond his involvement with the music. They first paired up for directing duties during the prior film, but when Moore's previous arrangements for a composer fell through, Gibbs used his musical talents to step in and provide an emergency score. That solo piano work found an audience and was released on a compilation of the composer's music called "Reflections." When it came time for Fahrenheit 9/11, Moore and Gibbs were once again co-producing the film, and Gibbs had more time and assets with which to make a fuller-sounding score. The only reason Gibbs' score for the 2004 movie came to the forefront is because it was released along with several songs from the film on a commercial CD that coincided with the strategically planned early October release of Fahrenheit 9/11 on DVD.

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Average: 2.26 Stars
***** 55 5 Stars
**** 62 4 Stars
*** 117 3 Stars
** 135 2 Stars
* 246 1 Stars
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Guitar song not available in ost
kas - November 6, 2005, at 10:21 a.m.
1 comment  (2361 views)
I don't understand....
Andrew - February 18, 2005, at 1:58 a.m.
1 comment  (2102 views)
I support G. W. Bush!   Expand >>
Neptune - November 12, 2004, at 2:23 p.m.
3 comments  (3404 views)
Newest: February 24, 2005, at 8:33 a.m. by
Stupid score for stupid movie
JR - November 5, 2004, at 7:44 a.m.
1 comment  (1842 views)
Does This Review Violate The Filmtracks Mission Statement?   Expand >>
Kevin - November 2, 2004, at 8:55 p.m.
3 comments  (2842 views)
Newest: November 4, 2004, at 9:55 p.m. by
Hehehe eh?
Eric James - October 31, 2004, at 12:37 p.m.
1 comment  (1735 views)

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Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 60:51
• 1. The Un-President* (3:32)
• 2. Vacation - performed by The Go-Gos (3:00)
• 3. Bush Waits... and Waits* (2:14)
• 4. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for String Orchestra & Bell** (6:41)
• 5. We Gotta Get Out of this Place - performed by Eric Burdon (4:08)
• 6. Weapons of Deceit* (2:18)
• 7. Deserter* (4:08)
• 8. Cocaine - performed by J.J. Cale (2:49)
• 9. Shiny Happy People - performed by R.E.M. (3:44)
• 10. Magnificent Seven Theme - composed by Elmer Bernstein (2:00)
• 11. Afghan Victory Dance* (3:16)
• 12. Fire Water Burn - performed by Bloodhound Gang (4:53)
• 13. Theme from "Greatest American Hero" - performed by Joey Scarbury (3:14)
• 14. Aqualung - performed by Jetthro Tull (6:35)
• 15. All They Ask* (3:30)
• 16. Rockin' in the Free World - performed by Neil Young (4:42)
* original score by Jeff Gibbs
** composed by Arvo Part and performed by Paavo Jarvi and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

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The insert surprisingly includes no extra information about the score or film, but it does urge you to vote.
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