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Hans Zimmer is one of the biggest film composers working in the industry today.  He won an Academy Award for his work on The Lion King, and has been nominated for six other films including Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, and As Good As It Gets. With The Last Samurai he celebrates his 100th film score, and SoundtrackNet had an opportunity to talk with Hans a few weeks ago during a rare break in his busy schedule working on Something's Gotta Give.<br><br>You've scored many projects during your career, and The Last Samurai is being touted as your 100th film score…<br><br>Well, I'm terrible with math, so I'm not doing the counting. It could be more, it could be less – but apparently it's the 100th.<br><br>So how did you get involved with the project?<br><br>If you're lucky enough to get nominated for an Oscar, you get invited to the Oscar nominee's luncheon where they hand out these little nomination certificates. There are usually 150 people standing there, and people are invited up in alphabetical order, starting with the As. By the time they get to the Cs, everybody's already back at their table chatting and eating, and while the first people called get thunderous applause, you can imagine what it's like when your name starts with Z!<br><br>So Ed Zwick and I were standing there, waiting at one of these luncheons about four years ago, and we started talking to each other. I asked him what he was working on and he told me about this movie called The Last Samurai, which I thought sounded interesting and I asked him to send me a script. After the script arrived, I didn't hear from him for a long time and I thought he'd forgotten about me, not thinking about how difficult it is to set up a samurai movie these days. The other thing I liked about the project was that Tom Cruise was involved, so it was like returning home, since I've scored a bunch of his movies – I knew we were going to have a good time.<br><br>Did it end up that way?<br><br>Ed and his editor Steve Rosenblum are such gentlemen, so together and professional, and they basically did one cut of the film, screened it, and everyone loved their work. So after this, they had plenty of time to come and hang with me, and while I usually love the re-cutting process because it's a diversionary tactic to keep the director and editor out of my life, these guys were great to have around. <br><br>Of course, my sense of paranoia made me think that something was going wrong all the time, waiting for the other shoe to drop, as it were, but it never happened. Ed phoned this morning and I thought, "Oh my god – rewrite!" It's just how my brain works. But I think he and I feel a bit odd now: we've been seeing each other every day for months, and suddenly we're done. I completely understand why people have a problem finishing a movie, because there's something really nice about the process – completion is far more boring.<br><br>For Samurai, you used Japanese percussions and ethnic woodwinds, without getting too 'Japanese'.<br><br>My problem is that I feel Japanese music is really inaccessible to Western ears, and I was really struggling with this film initially, trying to figure out what I was doing. This idea popped into my head for using Western-style themes, but applying a Japanese aesthetic to them, which sounds great of course, until I had to ask myself what I meant! Actually, I think it's just my way of not overloading certain things with too many colors, or being geometrically precise about my cues and not making them too flowery.<br><br>The Tom Cruise character is one of those nasty drunks at the beginning, who obviously has some serious problems he's trying to deal with, or not deal with. He's obnoxious and restless, suffering sleepless nights and is very un-Tom. For me, this character's journey was about his need to earn tranquility and peace, so within the score there's this very romantic, overblown and passionate theme. It's like a juvenile way of dealing with life and death – the pain and liebestod.<br><br>However, to contrast with these very relentless themes, there are a number of stark, formal and sober pieces, because I wanted to take Tom's character on a journey. He comes from America and ends up in this foreign place where he doesn't speak the language or understand the culture. But at the end of the movie, I want the audience to think that there isn't a more beautiful place for him to be, that he is at home in Japan and finally at peace.<br><br>There are many useless acts of bravery we do out of misguided romanticism, and this movie is full of courageous and dignified acts of bravery. So I wanted to play off these acts, since both the American and Japanese cultures have a concept of heroism, and I just wanted to see if I could play with the nature of the two different concepts.<br><br>So you didn't want to do the stereotypical Japanese thing...<br><br>Absolutely not! Take Akira Kurosawa's Ran, for example, which has this brilliant score where Takemitsu writes Western music, but with an Eastern accent. Somebody asked me a few days ago why As Good As It Gets was European – why did I write a European score for a quintessentially American story? For me, it's because Jack Nicholson was crazy in the movie, and I felt one of the great things about America is how they always think we Europeans are crazy. So by writing a European-styled score, it's my way of saying that Jack is crazy, but it's alright!<br><br>How do you feel about people who criticize your work for not fitting into the time period, like Gladiator?<br><br>The reason I take these jobs is because I'm interested in foreign cultures, and every time I get to work on a movie I'm thrown into the adventure of whatever that culture is, the time, and wherever the story's taking place. So one of the things I'm very careful about is not to be historically correct to the culture, but, on the other hand, not to insult the underlying aesthetics of that culture either. I remember watching Chariots of Fire and thinking how brilliantly the music worked, never missing that it wasn't period instruments! I grew up listening to Bach played by a symphony orchestra – it's the wrong sized orchestra with the wrong instruments, but I don't think that's the point.<br><br>With Gladiator, Pietro Scalia brought in a CD saying "this is Ancient Roman music," and I said, "Says who? You went to the Ancient Roman music store and bought an Ancient Roman music CD? Bullshit!" We're not anthropologists. Look at he costumes Ridley Scott had: they were more Napoleonic than Roman, which was perhaps fitting since Napoleon had stolen all of his good ideas from the Romans regarding how to make his generals look cool – and so did Hitler! So I got criticized for making the "Entry into Rome" cue too Leni Riefenstahl – but that was the joke! I am allowed to have a sense of humor in my music!<br><br>Earlier this summer your credit on Pirates of the Caribbean was "Score Overproduced by". What was the deal with that?<br><br>Well, I thought honesty was a virtue! But seriously, Jerry Bruckheimer quite rightly asked me not to give him "that old-fashioned Pirate music," and Gore Verbinski, who I adore and did The Ring with, said, "Well, it is a pirate movie, so we have to disguise it." In the end, I spent a day and a half writing tunes, Klaus Badelt wrote a lot of stuff, and we rolled up our sleeves, got drunk, behaved in a debauched way, and produced a score!<br><br>There was a lot of criticism regarding that score, but in the end it had to serve the film - which it did. You seem to get a lot of criticism on any project you do.<br><br>I had the misfortune of going onto the Film Score Monthly web site recently to look something up and vanity made me type in my own name. I suddenly realized that you can't ever get it right. Who do people want me to be? The guy that writes Matchstick Men? Or the guy that writes The Rock? Or the guy that writes Driving Miss Daisy? My need is ultimately to write for myself. I mock myself and I'm ironic about the way I speak about it because if I take it too seriously, it would be a pompous and boring thing to do. But at the same time I take each note I write very seriously – none of them are random.<br><br>The Internet Movie Database always lists you as being attached to multiple projects, so I was curious, what's Sharktail?<br><br>I complained to Jeffrey Katzenberg that I couldn't cross any more Red Seas, or deal with any more horses that can't speak – I wanted to do one of the fun animated movies instead. There's also a hip-hop element in Sharktail, and I haven't been there yet, so it's new territory! King Arthur is still in production, and I literally just got the first bits of footage just before you came here.<br><br>Are you working on all of these projects simultaneously?<br><br>I'm thinking about them! I'm also working with Jim Brooks on his new comedy, Spanglish.<br><br>And speaking of comedies, you recently did Matchstick Men for Ridley, which had a very Nino Rota vibe to it....<br><br>And I gave him credit! I thought, what if Nino had written the theme and I was just doing the variations? But I bet I'm going to get criticized for that because it's not like Gladiator.<br><br>So when did you last have a vacation?<br><br>Well, I went to Japan for a couple of days at the end of November for the Japanese premiere of Samurai, but look, I love what I do! In January I'll travel to Morocco because Ridley will be shooting his next movie, Kingdom of Heaven, so that's like a holiday!<br><br>My family and I are going away at Christmas, and what we used to do would be to rent a house in the mountains and go on these skiing holidays. It would be a crappy house, not as nice as the one we live in, my wife was still going to the market, and we're still washing our plates – so it wasn't a vacation, it was a lot of work! It's taken us a long time, but we just figured it out: we're not practical with vacations – we're staying at hotels! But while the Zimmer family isn't talented when it comes to vacations, we're talented when it comes to work!<br><br>I sat through Samurai the other day, and for the first time watched the whole movie from top to tail with everything finished and completed. It felt really good, better than a vacation. But luckily there were enough things wrong for me to think that I learned something from the experience, and now I can't wait for the next project to try these new ideas out.<br><br>The soundtrack to The Last Samurai is available from Elektra Records, and the film is currently in theaters. Matchstick Men is available on Varese Sarabande Records.<br><br>With thanks to Chet Mehta at Chasen & Co, Jason Cienkus at Warner Brothers, and Nina Lynch and Mark Wherry at Media Ventures for helping with this interview. And, of course, special thanks to Hans.Mulan get his release... through Disney+, 4th September.Mulan is being released on sept 4th. Can't wait to hear Harry's score!!!!Here's an interview about Last Samurai from Soundtrack.net https: //www.soundtrack. net/content/article/?id=112You can find an interview with Hans on his process for TLS on soundtrack.net somewhere, back in 2003 or 2004
The tracklist they posted has 58 tracks and yours contains only 54<br>interesting thing, He never really spoke about Last Samurai. but you have to realize, even when He speaks, its not always the truth. <br><br>The only thing I know, in 2013 doing press for Rush, He really said the hardest job was Last Samurai, well its not true according to himself, if you watch the behind the scenes stuff from Matchstick Men from 2003, right there He says that he was working on 3 huge films, (tears of the sun / Pirates / last samurai) and Mathstick men was the absolute hardest for him.<br><br>also Ed Zwick talks about working with Hans on the dvd commentary sometimes, but nothing really fancy.<br><br>Im sure there is an interview for this film with him, since he was at the premierI am struggling to find an interview where Hans speaks about this soundtrack. Does it even exist? <br>I spent the last hours digging but nothing. I always desired to hear some comments about it, like he does for the other works he's done.<br>I know it's a far stretch for Hans To release docu scores, but am really curious as to what Brave Miss World, Believer and Jalous of the Birds sound like...<br><br><br>@Mephariel<br>You can find Great Bear Rainforest on bleedingfingersmusic.com under Anze RozmanMondo only offered to send me a return label and a refund. No info yet on if they plan to fix it. :-/
Mine arrived today and is definitely sped up.LOL klaus badelt hardly composed pirates 1You know what? I love the booklet credits! Klaus Badelt is the same guy who scored Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.Thanks Hybrid soldier for the good news<br>I can't wait to see the documental film and hear the score of lorne balfe & hans zimmer.A score will be released.<br><br>You can always count on Lorne for that. It's in the works.
What was the last Zimmer documentary score that they released outside of BBC? <br><br>I am still waiting for The Great Bear Rainforest.I hope they can the soundtrack release for "Rebuilding Paradise" composed by Hans zimmer & Lorne balfe, including an original song for the film. I hope there is a possibility that they will release the score.How to get this at all?Any news about Rebuilding Paradise soundtrack?@Hybrid:<br>Any news about a release for Ron Howard "Rebuilding Paradise" soundtrack by Hans ans Lorne. The documentary airing today. Any info will be much Appreciated.
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Body Of Lies
Label: Varese Sarabande
Length: 45'06
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  1. White Whale (2:14)
  2. Punishment (1:36)
  3. To Amman (2:42)
  4. Aisha (2:11)
  5. All By Himself (1:32)
  6. Burning Safehouse (1:46)
  7. Al-Saleem (2:05)
  8. Manchester Raid (2:40)
  9. Chased (1:35)
  10. NSA Speech (2:46)
  11. Tortured (2:13)
  12. Dead Sea (1:16)
  13. No Touch (1:21)
  14. I Am Out (2:37)
  15. Rabid Dogs (2:49)
  16. Lost Vision (2:00)
  17. Never Lie To Me (1:14)
  18. I Shutter To Think (2:27)
  19. Half Steps (1:28)
  20. Making The Call (1:11)
  21. My Fault (1:53)
  22. Betrayal (3:31)
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Marc reply Replies: 1 || 2018-03-17 12:28:55
What happened to Marc Streitenfeld? It's been a long time since there has been any involvement or a new score from him. Some years ago, I thought he's going to be the new upcoming star from the horizon of RCP. But then abruptly silence. Any reason or information?


FaresTdkr2018-03-17 12:57:42
Nope he released All I see is you Soundtrack last year and it was a great soundtrack..

Are you sure you're a fan of him?

So far no project announced for this year but I think there will be at least one...

Dennis reply Replies: 0 || 2010-05-14 00:00:00
I am sure it is not perfect and mistakes/omissions could be there
I would be happy if someone has a different opinion so we can discuss (although I don't have the movie anymore as it was a rental). Times in the movie are not 100% precise but indicative

Manchester Raid 2.40 (0:00 or opening of the movie)
Nsa Speech 2.47 (03:58) Hofman prepares his speech and NSA speech
White Whale 2.14 (11:55) Do you have a computer?
To Amman 2.43 (25:04) So you go to Amman?
Never Lie to Me 1.15 (31:20) You are smarter than the Americans usually coming to Amman
Rabid Dogs 2.50 (32:40) Hoffman looking Ferris in the market. Chase. Rabid dogs bite Ferris
Punishment 1.36 (40:00) Amsterdam
Chased 1.36 (53:00) Chasing Karami. Karami escapes
Aisha 2.11 (57:00) Aisha and Ferris sitting at a table drinking tea (not entirely used??)
Burning Safehouse 1.47 (57:57) They take Ferris to see the burning safehouse
No Touch 1.23 (01:17:51) Ferris and Aisha after lunch at Aisha's place
Making the Call 1.28 (01:26:54) Al Saleem makes the call
Al-Saleem 2.05 (01:29:30) Sadiki cought and killed
I Am Out 2.37 (01:32:19) Ferris: I am looking straight. You're a facking bureaucrat
Lost Vision 2.01 (01:40:45) Ferris in the desert arrested
Tortured 2.12 (01:45:38) Al Saleem talkes to Ferris
Betrayal 3.31 (01:48:08??) Al Saleem leaves room.Ferris ready to be executed etc
I Shudder to Think 2.27 (01:51:00) Ferris at hospital talking to Hani
All by Himself 1.33 (01:54:50) Ferris talking to Ed. Say hey to wife and kids

I think the following 3 tracks are not used (or used in deleted scenes) but I may be wrong

Dead Sea 1.16
Half Steps 1.11
My Fault 1.55

Bondo reply Replies: 0 || 2010-05-12 00:00:00
anyone got a chronological tracklist?

Lasse reply Replies: 0 || 2010-04-18 00:00:00
i have never heard about : gone baby gone.

in fact i got some few American Gangster unreleased soundtrack but not much. but yeah i hope there will come a complete score for body of lies and american gangster :)

Dennis reply Replies: 0 || 2010-04-13 00:00:00
I fully agree that soem good music is still missing
I think they messed even more with American Gangsters
I hope some day we will have the complete scores of those 2 movies
I started watching Gone Baby Gone. Do you have a track list in chronological order?
Thanks!!!!!

Lasse reply Replies: 0 || 2010-04-13 00:00:00
some of the really good soundtrack for body of lies isnt on the CD and thats very sad. The coolest soundtrack is still unrelesaed.
like when the car explodes in the begining and the helicopter lands to rescue them.
The Dubai and Incerlick soundtrack ( Wich i in fact got now )
And the score from the scene when they kidnapp the guy on the bike and Ferris shots him.

unreleased soundtrack is really sad for the fans, like me and your other guys and girls

Dennis reply Replies: 0 || 2010-04-12 00:00:00
Thanks Lasse!
That was very useful. The DVD I have is a rental version and contains no deleted scenes :)
I have watched the movie 3 times carefully but I couldn't identify the scenes of those tracks
I have made a track list in chronological order. I really like dong this!
It is a pitty some nice music is still missing although I'm happy with the CD
I may contact you for some other films in the future if you don't mind
Cheers,
Dennis

Lasse reply Replies: 0 || 2010-04-12 00:00:00
the soundtrack dead sea is from a deleted scene from Body of Lies when Ferris and Aisha travels on a "date" to the dead sea.
My Fault i havent heard in the movie, i dont think they used it.
Half Steps is a diffrent version of the soundtrack from the begining of the movie when the guy said to ferris "you cant even protect yourself"

Dead sea = 1:16
My fault = 1:55
Half Steps = 1:11

Dennis reply Replies: 0 || 2010-04-11 00:00:00
Anyone knows in which scenes the following tracks are heard?

Dead Sea
My fault
Half Steps

Please describe the scene or indicate the time the tracks start (e..g. 44 min 20 sec)
Thanks!!

Lasse reply Replies: 0 || 2010-02-25 00:00:00
when is welcome to rileys soundtrack release ?
i look forward to it

Lasse reply Replies: 0 || 2009-06-14 00:00:00
i like booth zimmer and streitenfeld.

but hans zimmer is my favoritte, and i agree whit you Skyler, marc streitenfeld does not have the epic themes like zimmer does.

but the best soundtracks from marc streitenfled isnt on the orginal score. american gangsters end title, and the part when russelle crowe are driving after the money.

body of lies, the nice drum sequens in Dubai and in Incerlick. hope marc streitenfeld is coming out whit some bootlegs for those soundtracks

Skyler reply Replies: 0 || 2009-05-27 00:00:00
I also would have liked Zimmer to compose Robin Hood, but I'm afraid it would have sounded too much like King Arthur.

Ridley Scott is working on another Hannibal movie, and I cannot imagine Marc Streitenfeld replacing Zimmer for that one.

Streitenfeld is good, but I don't think he has the "epic" sound necessary for a project like Robin Hood.

I'm hoping he proves me wrong.

yondaime reply Replies: 0 || 2009-05-26 00:00:00
it could have been Gadiator 2

sorry for the double post

yondaime reply Replies: 0 || 2009-05-26 00:00:00
I was hoping zimmer would compose it,

Lasse reply Replies: 0 || 2009-05-25 00:00:00
marc streitenfeld is gonna compose the music for rieldy scotts robin hood 2010 whir russell crowe :D

JP reply Replies: 0 || 2009-03-05 00:00:00
The GNR song is called 'If The World' for the individual who was wondering.

Lasse reply Replies: 0 || 2009-02-02 00:00:00
some of the realy good soundtracks from the movie should have been on this CD, like when Ferris is in Dubai, and when that guy on the bike are shoot down and when the soldier arrives in the begining in the desert and find ferris in the destroyed car.

pleeeeeez give me bootleg marc streitenfeld, love your music,

David Quiroga reply Replies: 0 || 2008-11-27 00:00:00
Great Movie...the music...much better
www.llaxsayband.com

666nemesis reply Replies: 0 || 2008-10-24 00:00:00
Ask your questions to the composer on www.inter-activities.com

lasse reply Replies: 0 || 2008-10-14 00:00:00
i got this CD and its a bite boring :S

i expected somehing looping like american gangsters hundred percent pure, but this was a bute boring soundtrack. marc did a good job whit the soundtrack of a good year and american gangsta but this one wasnt so good :S sorry marc :S

Feared reply Replies: 0 || 2008-10-12 00:00:00
I like the music. It has a fine atmosphere.
No themes indeed, and no memorable cues, but good instrumentation.

Ruthlessgravity reply Replies: 0 || 2008-10-12 00:00:00
I agree with ZED, the music acted like some sort of background music you would hear on documenteries. No present themes, and the action cues was a bit weak.

Personally, Harry Gregson-Williams could have done a better job. Seeing how he did well on Enemy of the States and very good on Man on Fire and Spy Game. He could have handled this film very well.

ZED reply Replies: 0 || 2008-10-11 00:00:00
Great film! Only downer was the music. It worked ok in the film but lacked any real power and there were no themes. It was very much the same as American Gangster but with different instruments. I miss the Zimmer/Scott days. Marc Streitenfeld has yet to excite my ears and show he can write themes. Hopefully he does soon... See the movie though! It's EXCELLENT!!!

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2008-10-11 00:00:00
which song is played right before the last song on the soundtrack when the credits start rolling...

Feared reply Replies: 0 || 2008-10-07 00:00:00
Any samples yet?

zakblue reply Replies: 0 || 2008-10-04 00:00:00
hans zimmer is the big composer 22 song thats the score

Martin reply Replies: 0 || 2008-10-03 00:00:00
The GN'R song in the film is called "If The World." It is not going to appear on the sountrack but it will be on the end credits of the film.

hooshidar reply Replies: 0 || 2008-09-26 00:00:00
Happy

Estranged9 reply Replies: 0 || 2008-09-25 00:00:00
Ok so im guessing this is the score of the movie,

but betrayal would be a great Gnr title !!

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