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The Ghost Writer
(2010)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Conducted by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jean-Pascal Beintus
Sylvain Morizet
Nicolas Charron

Produced by:
Solre Lemonnier
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Varèse Sarabande
(February 23rd, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are entranced by the intelligent and uniquely applied style of Alexandre Desplat at his most rhythmically frantic and disjointedly paranoid reaches.

Avoid it... if perpetually unnerving staccato movements of quiet disharmony and a bizarre, awkwardly exotic primary theme promise to stick you with a thousand needles for the entire duration of this dispiriting album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,684
WRITTEN 12/28/10
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The Ghost Writer: (Alexandre Desplat) Despite its widespread critical praise, the 2010 political thriller The Ghost Writer may be better remembered by the geneeral public as the production delayed while director, writer, and producer Roman Polanski was arrested for a 25-year-old sex crime and held under house arrest in Switzerland. Regardless of the seemingly endless intrigue involved with the famed director's checkered past, The Ghost Writer retained many of Polanski's trademark cinematic touches, especially in the flow of clues to its perilous mystery. It's a film worthy of exploration for its interesting cast alone, Pierce Brosnan playing a former British Prime Minister (modeled clearly after his contemporary, Tony Blair) and Ewan McGregor an accomplished ghostwriter employed to complete his memoirs after his predecessor met a supposedly accidental demise. As the Prime Minister becomes the target of war crimes accusations for handing over terrorist suspects to the American CIA for torture, the ghostwriter stumbles upon shady aspects relating to both that matter and clues left behind by the previous writer. Love triangles and strained relationships involving the Prime Minister's wife and assistant/mistress complicate matters, and the latter half of the film deals out both death and retribution with extreme malice. Polanski has worked with countless famous composers from around America and Europe through the years, and Alexandre Deesplat joined The Ghost Writer to become yet another of his collaborations. Desplat's developing versatility in the 2000's has included several suspense scores ranging from frantic to snazzy, some of which laced with intense interludes of rambling action. Knowing these scores, The Ghost Writer will not sound particularly foreign to the ears of any Desplat collector. Just how paranoid and disillusioning the music manages to be in its entirety is perhaps the kicker, both to the benefit of an intellectual appreciation and the detriment of a sane listening experience outside of context.



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Hit it on the head
Edmund Meinerts - February 10, 2011, at 6:27 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 42:35
• 1. The Ghost Writer (1:41)
• 2. Rhinehart Publishing (0:58)
• 3. Travel to the Island (2:28)
• 4. Lang's Memories (1:43)
• 5. Chase on the Ferry (2:31)
• 6. Suspicion (2:49)
• 7. Investigation (2:07)
• 8. Hidden Documents (2:09)
• 9. The Old Man (1:17)
• 10. In the Woods (3:40)
• 11. Prints (1:45)
• 12. The Predecessor (2:28)
• 13. Pr Paul Emmett (5:39)
• 14. Bicycle Ride (1:52)
• 15. Lang and the CIA (2:21)
• 16. The Truth About Ruth (4:55)
• 17. The Ghost Writer (Reprise) (1:49)

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