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Monuments Men

Alexandre Desplat

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Alexandre Desplat's name isn't familiar to most movie fans. But this engaging score for George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s unusual, true-life WWII adventure ably displays why the French film composer has become a trans-Atlantic filmmakers’ favorite; he has claimed six Oscar nods, as well as Golden Globe and GRAMMY® wins for The Painted Veil and The King’s Speech, respectively. Given a tale that effectively inverts The Dirty Dozen (a disparate band of art scholars and curators are tasked with securing European art treasures from the Nazis), Desplat underpins his mastery of orchestral timbre and far-ranging influences with seemingly prescient emotional restraint. He conjures a jaunty, triumphant title march that also serves as a recurring motif, before interweaving it with cues that effectively color the film’s geographical/historic dimensions and more introspective personal landscapes. Desplat folds it all into the extended, masterfully tempered orchestral “Finale” before Nora Segal closes the score with a warm a cappella rendition of the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

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The music truly makes you feel like your in the time period serving our country, this is truly a master piece!

An amazing score for a mediocre movie.

Desplat's work is the only thing holding this underwhelming, episodic flop of a film together. His clever military marches set the period tone, and inject emotion into scenes that would have otherwise been completely flat.

The LSO scores again!

While I am not familiar with all of Alexandre's scores, I AM familiar with the London Symphony Orchestra. Thank you for teaming up together to provide the passion I have come to expect... I got tears and chills at points in the score. Perfectly scored and matched to scenes as usual. But what can you expect from the orchestra that has been moving the world thru music for 100+ years now:-)


Born: August 23, 1961 in Paris, France

Genre: Soundtrack

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

French composer Alexandre Desplat is the son of a Greek mother and a French father who met in the U.S. while both were attending the University of California at Berkeley, married in San Francisco, and settled in France. He began studying the piano at age five, later switching to trumpet and then flute. Fascinated by both music and film, he decided to pursue a career as a composer of movie scores. Starting with Ki Lo Sa? in 1985, his scores for television and film had reached a total of 100 by 2007....
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