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Bridge of Spies
(2015)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
J.A.C. Redford

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(October 16th, 2015)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA award, and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you are patient enough to appreciate an introspective and intelligent treatment of a film about suspenseful anticipation, Thomas Newman replacing John Williams with more than capable results.

Avoid it... if you await extroversion in more than just a few highlights of this score, a work defined by its ability to set a conservative pace rather than outwardly influence the core emotions of the story.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,519
WRITTEN 12/29/15
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Bridge of Spies: (Thomas Newman) Director and producer Steven Spielberg is among the few movie-makers who can still manage to turn a sizable profit on an intellectual, character-driven World War II espionage film lacking much physical excitement. The story of 2015's Bridge of Spies falls into the "hurry up and wait" category of inertia, detailing a cat and mouse game between the American, Soviet, and East German governments in the early 1960's as they ultimately succeed in arranging a famed three-man prisoner swap at the Glienicke Bridge in Berlin. The negotiator on behalf of America's CIA was unassuming attorney James Donovan, an insurance settlement specialist who became involved in the story due to his unexpected but spirited representation of the Soviet spy captured in the late 1950's and eventually used as collateral in the Berlin exchange. That swap is best known for its return of American pilot Francis Gary Powers after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. The plot of Bridge of Spies follows Donovan's experiences throughout his involvement with these spies, the character portrayed with dignity by Tom Hanks. The pacing of the film requires involvement in the political and human processes of the back and forth between cultures and ideologies, and what few critical complaints existed about the film typically pointed to this slow movement. With the help of the Spielberg/Hanks name power, however, Bridge of Spies was a fiscal success and marginal awards bait. For film music enthusiasts, the project originally marked the continuation of the director's collaboration with composer John Williams, though the maestro's deteriorating heart condition required installation of a pacemaker that, in conjunction with his busy schedule writing and recording three hours of immense music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, precluded his involvement with this picture. This despite the very minimal spotting of music in the film. Spielberg then turned to Thomas Newman to write the short score for Bridge of Spies, a logical choice given Newman's lineage, reputation, and connections to Williams. Questions then arose about how Newman would handle the project, and, more specifically, whether Spielberg would allow him to write a quintessential "Tom Newman" score rather than simply emulate Williams. In the end, while there are stylistic similarities in some techniques between Williams' past efforts (namely JFK) and Newman's music, perhaps due to specific instructions from Spielberg that remain consistent regardless of composer, the resulting score is almost pure Newman.



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Average: 3.41 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 48:25
• 1. Hall of Trade Unions, Moscow (0:43)
• 2. Sunlit Silence (4:04)
• 3. Ejection Protocol (1:56)
• 4. Standing Man (2:11)
• 5. Rain (1:21)
• 6. Lt. Francis Gary Powers (3:04)
• 7. The Article (1:36)
• 8. The Wall (2:14)
• 9. Private Citizen (1:35)
• 10. The Impatient Plan (1:35)
• 11. West Berlin (1:12)
• 12. Friedrichstra├če Station (1:20)
• 13. Glienicke Bridge (10:51)
• 14. Homecoming (7:46)
• 15. Bridge of Spies (End Title) (6:57)

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