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This release features Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore's original score for Denial, a film based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. The film also stars Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson and was directed by Emmy winner Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin) and adapted for the screen by Academy Award nominee David Hare (The Reader).
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"Denial - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (18 tracks; 39 min.) opens with "Atlanta 1994", as the orchestra plays lightly and with optimism as things are looking up for the lead character Deborah Lipstadt, author and professor at Emory University. Things quickly become tense on the title track, as Holocaust denier David Irving interrupts a speech by Lipstadt and once again denies the Holocaust took place. Not long thereafter, we found ourselves in "London 1998", as the orchestra hums along. One of the better tracks on here is "The Steps", with an angelic vocal (this is when Lipstadt and her lawyers are visiting Auschwitz). "Krakow Square" is a beautiful but criminally short tune. Indeed, about half the tracks on here are in the 1 to 2 min. range. I understand that for the movie's purposes, certain moments only need a minute of music, but what's to keep the composer from fleshing them out a bit for the soundtrack's release purposes? I like "A 1995 Pommard", a quite and relaxed tune (when a couple of the lead characters are enjoying a glass of wine after a long day). A final highlight is "Looking at Prejudice", another tense tune full of vigor. Bottom line: this is another fine soundtrack from Howard Shore, and definitely worth your attention.
As to the movie itself, I wish I could be as positive about it. A true story involving a Holocaust denier bringing a libel law suit against a Jewish author for ruining the denier's reputation, and where under UK law the burden of proof is not on the accuser but on the accused, by all means should make for a riveting historical and courtroom drama. Instead, the movie struggles along and only occasionally finds its stride (the Auschwitz scenes, certain of the trial scenes). "Denial" the soundtrack is a winner, but "Denial" the movie is not.
1. Atlanta 1994 (4 out of 4 stars)
2. Denial (4 out of 4 stars)
3. The Letter (4 out of 4 stars)
4. London 1998 (3 1/2 out of 4 stars)
5. A Conspiracy of Good (4 out of 4 stars)
6. The Steps (4 out of 4 stars)
7. A Prayer (3 1/2 out of 4 stars)
8. Krakow Square (3 out of 4 stars)
9. All Rise (3 out of 4 stars)
10. Professor van Pelt (4 out of 4 stars)
11. A 1995 Pommard (4 out of 4 stars)
12. The Dishonest Waiter (3 1/2 out of 4 stars)
13. Judge Gray (3 out of 4 stars)
14. Looking at Prejudice (4 out of 4 stars)
15. A Return to London (4 out of 4 stars)
16. The Judgement (4 out of 4 stars)
17. In My Own Words (3 out of 4 stars)
18. Epilogue (3 1/2 out of 4 stars)