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Black Gold
(2011)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
J.A.C. Redford
Randy Kerber

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes

Notable Solo Performances by:
Dhafer Youssef
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Varèse Sarabande
(February 14th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you often find yourself absorbed in the emotional precision of James Horner's best character themes, Black Gold containing two somber but spectacular ideas perfectly suited for a conflict between familial loss and optimism for wealth.

Avoid it... if you have little tolerance for outwardly exotic Middle-Eastern instrumental and vocal techniques, both of which important highlights to augment Horner's expected statements of lush, orchestral grandeur for the locale.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,260
WRITTEN 2/17/12
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Black Gold: (James Horner) An epic 2011 tale of warring royalty and the discovery of oil on the Arabian Peninsula in the early 20th Century, Black Gold has the distinction of being the first Arab-funded, major feature film about this region in the history of cinema. For decades, the rights to the script were held by successful movie producer and distributor Tarak Ben Ammar, who finally assembled a truly international crew and secured the support of Qatar's Doha Film Institute to make Black Gold, at $55 million in cost, among the most expensive Arab films about native topics to ever be attempted. The film's debut at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar, as well as limited distribution in France and several Arab nations, was not met with the success hoped by Ben Ammar, and the movie failed to gain an avenue of release in America or generate any awards season buzz. While French director Jean-Jacques Annaud's authentic visuals and James Horner's evocative score are notable attributes of Black Gold, a somewhat mismatched collection of international actors playing Arabs in the English-language film was largely targeted as the reason for production's failure, Antonio Banderas in particular difficult for some viewers to digest. The story is one that takes the basic facts about the discovery of oil in the Arabian Peninsula and uses that sudden prospect of wealth and the contest of deserts previously thought useless to further explore the battles between two powerful families. The customs of familial politics in the region are thrown into greater turmoil when the crude and its associated wealth cause allegiances to be tested, largely before the interference of international interests to inevitably follow. While parts of Black Gold try to recreate the awesome scope of classics like Lawrence of Arabia, Annaud also dwells upon the interpersonal relationships of the two families, and it is ironically this latter emphasis in the film that mostly clearly informs the direction of Horner's score. Enthusiasts of the composer's music did not hear much from him immediately after his popular work for Avatar in 2009, only the remake of The Karate Kid the following year representing anything new (or as "new" as one could deem Horner music to be at that point in his regurgitation cycle) from him. While a return to general A Far Off Place territory may seem like an odd move for Horner to embrace during the "Avatar era" of his career, it allowed him to collaborate a third time with Annaud and delve once more into the genre of epic, historical drama that has lured him several times previously.

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Average: 3.35 Stars
***** 79 5 Stars
**** 103 4 Stars
*** 77 3 Stars
** 50 2 Stars
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a bit of Stravinsky there...   Expand >>
DanE - March 2, 2012, at 5:27 a.m.
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
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Music Muse - Black Gold
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 55:25
• 1. Main Title - A Desert Truce (6:34)
• 2. Horizon to Horizon (3:59)
• 3. The Wonders of Wealth (1:49)
• 4. "I Have Chosen You" (3:22)
• 5. "You Were a Prince" (1:47)
• 6. Leaving as an Emissary (5:19)
• 7. Father and Son (1:50)
• 8. Phantom Army (1:48)
• 9. "So This is War" (1:56)
• 10. The Blowing Sands (4:27)
• 11. Fresh Water (1:51)
• 12. One Brother Lives, One Brother Dies (6:44)
• 13. Battle in the Oil Fields (5:13)
• 14. A Kingdom of Oil (8:43)

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