Bronson Soundtrack16.03.09 # Soundtrack # 15 Comments
Ever listened to Eva Abraham and The Nat Franklin Trio singing ‘Santa Please (Come Early This Christmas)’ whilst being eyeballed by a muscle-bound sociopath? Not until you’ve bought the Bronson soundtrack you haven’t.
The first thing you notice about leading man Tom Hardy (last seen in Rocknrolla, Guy Ritchie’s most recent abomination) is that he looks nothing like Charles Bronson. That’s because it’s not a film about Charles Bronson, it’s a film about Charles Bronson. Not the actor Charles Bronson, the sociopath Charles Bronson. Got that?
This is basically the life story of a man known as “the hardest prisoner in Britain”. I know what you’re thinking – sounds like a TV special co-hosted by Vinnie Jones and Danny Dyer. Turns out it’s a feature by Nicolas Winding Refn, a Danish director who seems to have quite the thing for hard men (having previously given us the excellent Pusher series and Fear X, the latter being a rare and quite brilliant leading role for John Turturro), which is only made acceptable by the fact that he’s also really rather good. He could very easily be Michael Winner. Thank Christ he’s not.
For a film about a terrifying hulk of a man who enjoys doing serious and lasting damage to other men, the Bronson soundtrack is an unexpected mix of classical music and electro pop. So you have for instance New Order’s ‘Your Silent Face’ sitting next to the Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala Milan playing ‘Attila: Chi Dona Luce Al Cor? (Verdi)’. Which is, frankly, great – an atmospheric treat working as a tonal counterpoint to the bloody thrills of the film, with a hint of the Kubricks to it. The film in fact has been compared to A Clockwork Orange, rather fancifully – violence and an orchestra do not a masterpiece make – but you can’t doubt that this is a real treat of an OST.
Although, you can’t help wondering what Mr Bronson himself makes of it. I doubt when he embarked on his lifetime of violence he imagined it would end up being soundtracked by The Pet Shop Boys singing ‘It’s a Sin’. Does Charlie really look back upon his life forever with a sense of shame? We can but wonder.
Makes a cracking little CD though. Just don’t share a cell with the man, because he will cut you.
Bronson Soundtrack – Track Listing
1. The Electrician - The Walker Brothers
2. Va pensiero
4. Santa Please (Come Early This Christmas) – Eva Abraham And The Nat Franklin Trio
5. It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys
6. Meet Mister Callaghan – Ray Martin
7. Your Silent Face – New Order
8. Attila: Chi dona luce al cor?.. (Atto II)
9. Digital Versicolor – Glass Candy
10. La forza del destino
11. Das Rheingold: Entry of the Gods into Valhalla
12. Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64
13. Symphony No. 4 in E flat ‘Romantic’ (ed. Nowak)
14. Lakmé (Act I) : Flower Duet
15. Madama Butterfly , Act 2, First Part: Coro a bocca chiusa/Humming Chorus