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The Imitation Game
(2014)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Conducted by:

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

Produced by:
Dominique Lemonnier
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(November 24th, 2014)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you never tire of hearing Alexandre Desplat's reliable precision of rhythmic execution, his balance of movement and melody in this work a remarkable accompaniment for the topic.

Avoid it... if you have difficulty translating Desplat's precision into warmth, because the second-act tragedy clearly evident here is understated, respectful, and subdued.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,225
WRITTEN 1/31/15
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The Imitation Game: (Alexandre Desplat) If you seek any more evidence of the evils of religion on our planet, ponder the life and death of Alan Turing, the influential mathematician and cryptanalyst who pioneered computer science at the time of World War II. Along with his brilliant work to help decrypt German signals during the war, he was also a catalyst for the theories of logic that led to the advent of the modern computer. Despite all that, the United Kingdom's backwards adherence to bigoted religious dogma caused the country to prosecute Turing for the crime of homosexuality n 1952, leading to a sentence of chemical castration and the scientist's suicide not long after. In an overdue act of progression past antiquated theist doctrine, the British government finally officially apologized for the conviction in 2009 and Queen Elizabeth II pardoned Turing posthumously in 2013. It's not surprising that the 2014 cinematic adaptation of a book of Turing's life was met with resounding applause from liberal groups and secular critics, audiences responding to The Imitation Game with strong box office returns and awards groups equally impressed. The performance of actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing has been particularly praised, as has the precise musical accompaniment by French composer Alexandre Desplat, who ironically continues to score some outstanding films about British history. While there will be superficial comparisons between Desplat's approach to The Imitation Game and his music for other Oscar bait such as The Queen and The King's Speech, his stance for The Imitation Game is somewhat different. His take on the musical representation of a brilliant scientific mind is significantly superior to Johann Johannsson's concurrent and equally heralded The Theory of Everything, a remarkable feat given that Desplat only had under three weeks to handle this assignment. It is no doubt that 2014 was a remarkable year for Desplat, proving his versatility without question. Among his works in the year, The Imitation Game may be a little more difficult for some casual listeners to appreciate, but its intelligence in design is a delight to behold, for he infuses the score with a keen sense of rhythm to represent a mathematical mind only to dissolve that identity into more fluid lines as the character's personal trials eventually prevail. It is a score of calculated precision that does not always engage on album, especially in the slower second half, but it nevertheless merits the attention and accolades bestowed upon it.



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Average: 3.62 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 51:18
• 1. The Imitation Game (2:37)
• 2. Enigma (2:50)
• 3. Alan (2:57)
• 4. U-Boats (2:12)
• 5. Carrots and Peas (2:19)
• 6. Mission (1:36)
• 7. Crosswords (2:52)
• 8. Night Research (1:39)
• 9. Joan (1:45)
• 10. Alone with Numbers (2:58)
• 11. The Machine Christopher (1:57)
• 12. Running (3:01)
• 13. The Headmaster (2:27)
• 14. Decrypting (2:01)
• 15. A Different Equation (2:54)
• 16. Becoming a Spy (4:08)
• 17. The Apple (2:20)
• 18. Farewell to Christopher (2:41)
• 19. End of War (2:07)
• 20. Because of You (1:36)
• 21. Alan Turing's Legacy (1:56)

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The insert includes notes from both the composer and director.
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