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Set against the postwar political intrigues of the Potsdam conference, director Steven Soderbergh and frequent collaborator George Clooney recreate the distinct visual aura of Hollywood's Golden Age (and specifically Michael Curtiz's Casablanca), yet charge it with a more contemporary dramatic sense. Those cinematic ambitions offered composer Thomas Newman the rare chance to step back in time and gracefully revisit the orchestral legacy of his father, Fox scoring legend Alfred Newman. His fine work here not only netted the younger Newman his seventh Academy Award nod (his father is the all-time Oscar champ, winning nine of 45 nominations), but showcases his true range as a musician as well. While better known for the adventurous experimentalism of Unstrung Heroes and American Beauty or the sly playfulness of Finding Nemo and Lemony Snicket, the composer retrenches himself here in a darkly elegant symphonic sensibility that, like the film itself, evokes and updates rich Hollywood traditions while never becoming slave to them.

Customer Reviews

Golden Age Returns

A return to the scoring style of the Golden Age. It's is rather appropriate that Thomas Newman should follow in his legendary father's footsteps (Alfred Newman) and write a score like this. Recommended, shame the cues are quite short though.

A Nod To Herrmann ?

Classy stuff from Mr Newman. Very different from the sound we are used to but perfect for this film. Very cool string writing . e


An all-around superbly written soundtrack, with a perfectly pitched, emotive use of strings. Simply beautiful. I prefer it to the movie itself! Favourite tracks "The Good German" and "Always something worse".


Born: 20 October 1955 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A second-generation member of Hollywood's preeminent musical dynasty, composer Thomas Newman carried on his family's legacy through a series of Academy Award-nominated film scores. He was born in Los Angeles on October 20, 1955, the son of Alfred Newman and the nephew of Lionel and Emil Newman, all three renowned composers and conductors from Hollywood's golden age. (Thomas' brother David also followed in the family business, as did their cousin, the sardonic singer/songwriter Randy Newman.) Thomas...
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