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The Monuments Men Soundtrack

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Original soundtrack to the 2014 motion picture. Composer Alexandre Desplat is one of the most highly sought after composers in Hollywood. He's been nominated for five Academy Awards, six Golden Globes, winning for his score for The Painted Veil, and has two Grammy nominations. He is best known for his contemplative style that does not attempt to respond on a point-by-point basis to the action onscreen, but rather sets its own complimentary mood. Desplat has composed the scores for many recent blockbusters including The King's Speech, The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Syriana, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Parts 1 & 2, The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Roosevelt Mission
  2. Opening Titles
  3. Ghent Altarpiece
  4. Champagne
  5. Basic Training
  6. Normandy
  7. Deauville
  8. Stokes
  9. I See You, Stahl
  10. John Wayne
  11. Sniper
  12. Into Bruges
  13. The Letter
  14. The Nero Decree
  15. Stahl's Chalet
  16. Jean-Claude Dies
  17. Siegen Mine
  18. Claire & Granger
  19. Gold!
  20. Heilbronn Mine
  21. Castle Art Hoard
  22. Altaussee
  23. Finale
  24. End Credits
  25. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Nora Sagal


Product Details

  • Composer: Alexandre Desplat
  • Audio CD (February 4, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • ASIN: B00HDG4XEI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I recently saw “The Monuments Men” in the theater. I enjoyed the movie more than I had expected, and very much enjoyed the orchestral score. I made a mental note to check out the soundtrack.

“The Monuments Men – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (25 tracks; 61 min.) is the movie score composed by French composer Alexandre Desplat. He is a veteran movie guy, having previously scored films like the recent “Philomena”, “Zero Dark Thirty”, and the previous George Clooney movie “The Ides of March”. As you can tell from the number of tracks and the total running time, many of these are very short, in the 1 to 2 min. frame, some not even that. But it doesn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the album. From the opening sounds of “The Roosevelt Mission”, you can feel a certain military undertone to it, and that comes back time and again. “Opening Titles” is the optimistic-sounding opening march, reminding me of John Williams’ opening song for “1941” of Steven Spielberg all those years ago. “Ghent Altarpiece” plays at an early crucial moment in the film, when Jan Van Eyk’s masterpiece is whisked away. As is often the case with these orchestral soundtracks, you can almost make out the entire plot of the movie by looking at the titles of these songs (“Sniper”, “Into Bruges”, “Jean-Claude Dies”, etc.). I suppose it’s unavoidable but it’s irritating at times nevertheless, certainly if one hasn’t seen the movie yet. Pointing out a couple more highlights: “Claire & Granger” is beautifully romantic, with a sweeping orchestra sound. “Castle Art Hoard” is nicely restrained but still evocative. My least favorite track on here is the 9 min. “Finale”, which is tied directly to the dramatic conclusion of the movie. After a nice 1 min.
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The Monuments Men is a World War II action-drama-comedy, directed by George Clooney, based on the real-life escapades of a group of art history scholars who were assigned to find and protect the priceless artworks of central Europe, and stop it from falling into the hands of the Nazis. With an all-star supporting cast that includes Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, the film certainly has pedigree, but many people have complained about the unusual tone the film adopts, veering from comedy to serious drama and back again, often within the same scene. The deliberate pacing and intentionally old-fashioned style of the film has also been criticized for being out of touch with modern audiences, but these were some of the reasons I felt the film succeeded: the film is less about moving from one action sequence to another and is more about the camaraderie between the men at the center of the story, and about the importance of the art they are tasked with protecting.

The score for The Monuments Men is by Alexandre Desplat, working for Clooney for the third time after The Ides of March in 2011 and Argo in 2012, which Clooney produced. Desplat’s score, much like the film, is intentionally old fashioned, and may sound dated and cliché to some listeners less attuned to this sort of music. Written for a full symphony orchestra, Desplat’s main theme is a belter: it intentionally channels those great old British war movie themes that people like Ron Goodwin and Malcolm Arnold used to write, like Bridge Over the River Kwai or 633 Squadron, and has the same militaristic, slightly pompous, upbeat, can-do attitude that those scores all had in spades.
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It's not a 5 star but definitely close. It has a very catchy theme that runs throughout (it really enhanced the movie) and it will be one of those that I put up there with the noteworthy themes from movies such as "Patton", "Dirty Dozen" and "Stalag 17". It does have a few dull moments that are short spinets however it is an original sound track so one has to expect that.
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I bought this for my husband for his birthday, he had seen it previously on loan and loved it, he is retired military so he can relate. He has watched it several times and continues to enjoy it and the soundtrack.
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As a "music enthusiast/audiophile" I paid attention to the music I hear in movies. The second time I saw the movie "The Monuments Men" I was intrigued with some of what I had heard. So, I ordered the soundtrack. I thoroughly enjoy the soundtrack and have listened to it on some days, several times. I am not too thrilled with the last track (Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas) as I cannot tell if the purpose was to have someone who is not a great singer singing this more as as someone who definitely would send the record to a family member who was at war at the time, or if that segment of the movie was to give someone a "break" who wants to be a singer. That aside, this is a well recorded CD with several tracks that run the gamut of musical emotions.
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The movie was one of the best we have seen in along time
as for the soundtrack it is just fantastic it is the best I have
heard since the great escape soundtrack it is a real toe
tapper their where many in the theatre tapping their feet
to it I know my wife and I were and it is great to listen too./
it is worth a ten in my book.
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