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Mank
(2020)
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Composed and Produced by:
Trent Reznor
Atticus Ross

Arranged, Co-Orchestrated, and Conducted by:
Conrad Pope

Additional Arrangements by:
Dan Higgins
Tim Gill

Co-Orchestrated by:
Bill Newlin
Liz Finch
Larry Rench
Nan Schwartz
Edward Trybek
Henri Wilkinson
Jonathan Beard
Jordan Cox
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
The Null Corporation
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(December 4th, 2020)
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Both the regular and promotional albums were initially download-only releases, with high resolution options available. A vinyl option followed several months later. The promotional album was only made available through the composers' website for an initial price of $25.
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Nominated for a Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe
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Buy it... for the score's outstanding big band and foxtrot cues littered throughout, the authenticity of their character in mono sound truly admirable.

Avoid it... for most of the remainder of the score, the tepid emulations of Bernard Herrmann ineffective as Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross struggle to engage your emotions over long sequences of dull, listless filler.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,988
WRITTEN 2/24/21
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Mank: (Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross) Nothing excites Hollywood insiders more than a movie showing juicy details about some time in Hollywood's past. David Fincher's 2020 drama Mank is exactly that type of film, and it was embraced warmly by the industry and critics. The biographical story tells of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz's troubled life in the years up to and including the creation of 1941's Citizen Kane with Orson Welles, jumping back in time to cover various episodes in Mankiewicz's personal and professional dealings that led up to that profound achievement. Not surprisingly, the plot diverges from the man's alcoholism and physical injuries to explore California politics of the era, with William Randolph Hearst involved due to his use as inspiration for Citizen Kane. The production of Mank accentuated the lavish costumes and cinematography necessary to glorify the era, the film shot in 4:3-ratio black and white and presented in mono sound. Such techniques wowed awards bodies, of course, and that praise carried over to the original score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. To say that these two men were fish out of water for this assignment is an understatement, but their successful collaboration with Fincher allowed them the chance to completely ditch their synthesizers and take a stab at Hollywood's golden age. Attributing the end result in Mank is challenging, because they had the common sense to bring on board their team a slew of highly talented arrangers to help them flesh out their ideas for the picture. Their basic scenario was a bit similar to the nightmare facing Clint Mansell for 2020's remake of Rebecca. Just as Mansell watched the original 1940 version and quickly recognized that he was outmatched by Franz Waxman, the same "oh, shit!" realization must have hit Reznor and Ross when evaluating how to channel Bernard Herrmann for this picture. Unlike Mansell, though, they hired the extensive help they needed to realize a score that, as intended, could have been written at the time for a film of the same topic. Their whole production process was upended by the need to supply authentic period music that could convey in mono the simpler spirit of the late 1930's without a hint of the contemporary sound design that had defined their film scoring careers.


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Average: 2.88 Stars
***** 16 5 Stars
**** 24 4 Stars
*** 32 3 Stars
** 28 2 Stars
* 21 1 Stars
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Reznor & Ross are hacks
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TRACK LISTINGS
Regular Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 92:33
• 1. Welcome to Victorville (2:15)
• 2. Trapped! (1:17)
• 3. All This Time (2:01)
• 4. Enter Menace (0:48)
• 5. First Dictation (2:23)
• 6. A Fool's Paradise (1:33)
• 7. Once More Unto the Breach (2:05)
• 8. About Something (0:54)
• 9. Glendale Station (1:16)
• 10. What's at Stake? (0:53)
• 11. Every Thing You Do (3:01)
• 12. Cowboys and Indians (1:20)
• 13. Presumed Lost (1:09)
• 14. (If Only You Could) Save Me* (3:18)
• 15. Means of Escape (0:49)
• 16. All This Time (A White Parasol) (0:34)
• 17. M.G.M. (2:51)
• 18. A Respectable Bribe (1:03)
• 19. I, Governor of California (1:32)
• 20. A Leaden Silence (0:54)
• 21. San Simeon Waltz (4:55)
• 22. Time Running Out (0:44)
• 23. Mank-heim (1:24)
• 24. Lend Me a Buck? (1:20)
• 25. You Wanted to See Me? (1:03)
• 26. In Your Arms Again (3:18)
• 27. The Dark Night of the Soul (1:09)
• 28. Clouds Gather (0:13)
• 29. Way Back When (3:19)
• 30. An Idea Takes Hold (3:40)
• 31. Marion's Exit (3:18)
• 32. Absolution (1:05)
• 33. Scenes from Election Night (4:23)
• 34. Election Night-mare (1:31)
• 35. All This Time (Dance Interrupted) (1:01)
• 36. All This Time (Victorious) (1:12)
• 37. I'm Eve (0:32)
• 38. A Rare Bird (2:10)
• 39. Look at What We Did (2:30)
• 40. Menace Returns (0:33)
• 41. Forgive Me (2:15)
• 42. Final Regards (1:11)
• 43. Where Else Would I Be? (1:04)
• 44. The Organ Grinder (1:52)
• 45. All This Time (Not No More) (1:13)
• 46. Costume Party (1:10)
• 47. Dulcinea (0:37)
• 48. Shoot-Out at the OK Corral (1:42)
• 49. The Organ Grinder's Monkey (2:24)
• 50. An Act of Purging Violence (0:38)
• 51. All This Time (Happily Ever After) (4:45)
• 52. A Rare Bird (Reprise) (2:26)
* performed by Adryon de León
Promotional Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 211:49

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There exists no official packaging for either album. Both use the same cover art.
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