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Spanish Prisoner

 

Reviews

"Music by Carter Burwell, whose moodily effective compositions are most familiar from the Coen brothers' films, does a nice job of swirling mysteriously and discreetly jangling nerves." - Janet Maslin, New York Times, April 3, 1998.

"If you’re prepared to ignore the plot’s absurdities, the film is addictive, and Carter Burwell’s score works on you like a massage." - Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, April 20, 1998.

"Burwell's Spanish Prisoner is a subdued, svelte, and enigmatic effort that oozes charming menace. The chamber dance band score has traditionally been more of a European aesthetic, so it's wonderful to see it applied to an American thriller... It's a score with a strongly cast musical identity--a kind of dirty little tango--which adds to our perception of the film without altering it. (Kudos also to writer/director David Mamet for having courage enough to allow music to color his words.) Burwell's harmonic palette is stocked with thick jazz chords, stretched eastern intervals and modern chromaticism, all of which are applied to a cabaret dance band-style ensemble (accordion, harp, vibes, tuba, bass, percussion) to lend the film's con game a sense of choreographed grace. Time and time again, Burwell has shown his talent for encapsulating non-musical ideas in his work. In The Spanish Prisoner, he not only neatly divines the film's gist, he gives it a unique sonic world in which to dwell." - Doug Adams, Film Score Monthly, 1998.

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Film Info

Written and directed by David Mamet

Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by Carter Burwell
Music Editor: Todd Kasow
Music Scoring Mixer: Mike Farrow

Starring Campbell Scott, Steve Martin, Rebecca Pidgeon

U.S. Release April, 1998

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Audio Samples

This score was never released on CD. Here, for demo purposes are some examples:

Title   Format    Size 
Main Titles   mp3   2M
Fingerprints   mp3   1M
Am I Still On The Lam?   mp3   1M

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