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American History X
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
The idea of hiring a former member of the Art of Noise to score a dramatic film about deadly racism seems as sensible as existing solely on pizza from Chuck E. Cheese. But Anne Dudley gave up on skittering electronic pop l... more »
The idea of hiring a former member of the Art of Noise to score a dramatic film about deadly racism seems as sensible as existing solely on pizza from Chuck E. Cheese. But Anne Dudley gave up on skittering electronic pop long ago (though not before doing some damage in collaboration with Frankie Goes to Hollywood). She conjured an offbeat vibe for The Crying Game, then earned an Oscar in 1997 for the score to The Full Monty. With American History X, Dudley takes her most serious turn, composing a suite of songs that reflect the foreboding, tragic plot of Tony Kaye's startling film. Using Tchaikovsky-like orchestration and a pristine boys' choir, she covers a range of emotions. A string section's squalls evoke high-pitched tension; a brass-led movement reflects sorrow and frustration; the soaring voices suggest redemption. It's a moving score, at once troubling and hopeful. --Richard Martin
Thoughtful, strong and subtle....
James P. Wong | Downey, CA USA | 06/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not acquainted with Anne Dudley's previous soundtracks, however after watching this film I had to buy this soundtrack. Listening while remembering the context of the film will definitely have you enjoying this soundtrack, but even if you're not acquainted with the film this is a disc definitely worth checking out."
Dudley proves her Oscar win was no fluke.
James P. Wong | 11/13/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anne Dudley, Oscar winner for last years THE FULL MONTY, scales new heights with this elegiac and moving work. Much like the film that inspired it, this is a haunting and ultimately sorrowful examination of the effects of hatred and racism. But while the film is often almost unbearably brutal, the score is more restrained providing a powerful contrast to the images onscreen. Aside from John William's SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, this may be the best score of the year. With AMERICAN HISTORY X, Dudley, who is British, follows in the tradition of Dvorak and, more recently, John Barry, foreign composers who, with their NEW WORLD SYMPHONY and score to DANCES WITH WOLVES, respectively, were able to capture a sound and mood that is distinctly American. If Dudley's Oscar win for THE FULL MONTY can be seen as more of a consolation prize for what was a good, but not great, score to a much loved film, then AMERICAN HISTORY X should be seen as her first truly great score in what looks to be a long and exciting career."
Powerful film, haunting score
Michael J. Mazza | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 03/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
""American History X" was one of the most disturbing and powerful films of the late 1990s. It tells the story of a former white supremacist (the Oscar-nominated Edward Norton) who is trying to turn his younger brother (played by Edward Furlong) away from the path of violence and racial hatred.Anne Dudley has composed and conducted a haunting score for this film. Her orchestral score is at times mournful, and often very beautiful. Although I think the score works better as a complement to the film than as an independent piece of musical art, I still recommend this disc to serious collectors of film music."