The Unknown Known (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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||Theme from Unknown||Danny Elfman||4:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Two Sides||Danny Elfman||1:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Marimba Foghorn||Danny Elfman||7:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rummy's Theme||Danny Elfman||2:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Himself||Danny Elfman||0:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Drones||Danny Elfman||4:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ford Assassination||Danny Elfman||2:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Snowflakes||Danny Elfman||2:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Shakespeare||Danny Elfman||1:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Smokers||Danny Elfman||2:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Haynes Memo||Danny Elfman||3:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||What You Know||Danny Elfman||1:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Reagan||Danny Elfman||2:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Absence of Evidence||Danny Elfman||2:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Geneva||Danny Elfman||1:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Limits||Danny Elfman||1:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dora Farms||Danny Elfman||2:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Full Boil||Danny Elfman||0:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Abu Ghraib||Danny Elfman||1:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Detainees||Danny Elfman||1:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Resignation||Danny Elfman||0:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Better To Not Go||Danny Elfman||2:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Joyce||Danny Elfman||1:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Main Titles||Danny Elfman||2:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Unknown - Piano Solo||Danny Elfman||3:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Documentarian Errol Morris is known for his association with composer Philip Glass, while composer Danny Elfman has long collaborated with director Tim Burton. But the Morris/Elfman teaming on this interrogation/profile of controversial former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is actually the logical continuation of an unlikely collaboration that started in 2008 on Standard Operating Procedure, the filmmaker’s troubling examination of the Iraq War’s Abu Ghraib prison scandal. It’s also a welcome reminder that Elfman continues to build an eclectic body of work outside his long-typecast Hollywood blockbuster fare. The hypnotic rhythms here may recall Glass’ minimalism, but Elfman’s musical whimsy (“Marimba Foghorn”) is often the counterpoint to Morris’ frustration with a subject who uses a thousand words to say nothing. Indeed, “Rummy’s Theme” deftly skewers the point; it's an ornate choirboy’s aria, sans words.
Regardless of the content of the documentary itself (which I found fascinating), the music was fantastic. It stood out enough that I went online to find out who made it, which led me here.
Again, A Great Soundtrack!
As both a Neocon who loves Rummy and a fan of Errol Morris' previous works, I can happily attest to this film being one of the best documentaries I've seen yet. The musical score is similar and yet different from the director's previous work, "The Fog of War." In that documentary featuring former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, Michael Reisman played renditions of Philip Glass for the soundtrack, giving it the depressing and apologetic tone that McNamara had set for that film. Danny Elfman's score, however, perfectly captures the disturbingly cheery and avuncular mood that Rumsfeld sets in this film. It is both a beautiful and painfully ironic soundtrack that is worth owning.
Born: May 29, 1953 in Amarillo, TX
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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