Inglourious Basterds Soundtrack1.06.09 # Soundtrack # No Comment
The Inglourious Basterds soundtrack. There are three kinds of people. Those that are annoyed by Tarantino’s plucking of sub-pop film culture, those that first discover and pretend to enjoy the films that Tarantino references to them, and then there are the ones who love his technique and structure but hate all that damn talking! I tend to fall towards the latter. There were things I liked about his previous film “Death Proof” and things I hated, but I’m not about to jump on the “Tarantino is a Hack” bandwagon mainly for one good reason…
His soundtracks are too damn good.
The guy knows his film music. He gets the reasoning behind great director/composer collaborative efforts. He knows the music can make the scene mean more than the obvious. The problem is, he just needs to find his very own collaborative composer. He is slowly showing us that he can’t see past the young self taught video store film student and branch off and be his OWN filmmaker. Scorsese would reference Visconti and Cassevetes all day, but in the end, his films were HIS films. Tarantino is into his seventh film with Inglorious Basterds and it still shows more signs of his influence and less of his personal style. Maybe his personal style is supposed to be direct references to his influence, but that doesn’t always make for great filmmaking. In the end though, his soundtrack choices end up holding up better than his films.
The Inglorious Basterds soundtrack contains everything you need for an attack on Nazi occupied France. Somber Dimitri Tiomkin, intense Ennio Morricone, frantic Charles Bernstein, driving Lalo Schifrin and sexy Moroder & Bowie(?). He gets a little Morricone heavy especially on his Italian western catalog. Which is like 5% of Morricone’s body of work, plus he repeats some cues that he used in Kill Bill which was a little disappointing, but all in all it still is a great collection of songs.
Even if the film fizzles out, the soundtrack will still hold up because his worst films have better soundtracks that some of the best films made today. Now he just needs to find his own composer. There would be no stopping him then.
(NB The soundtrack album isn’t out yet, but we’ve compiled the same tracks from other sources, about half of them, in the widget below. Check back in a few weeks when we’ll update with the official ones.)
You can get any of these tracks by clicking on ‘buy mp3’ in the widget above.
Inglourious Basterds Soundtrack (Songs / Score) – Track Listing
1. “The Green Leaves of Summer,” Dimitri Tiomkin (The Alamo)
2. “After The Verdict,” Ennio Morricone (The Big Gundown)
3. “L’Incontro Con La Figlia,” Ennio Morricone (The Return of Ringo)
4. “White Lightning,” Charles Bernstein (White Lightning)
5. “Il Mercenario (Ripresa),” Ennio Morricone (Il Mercenario)
6. “Slaughter,” Billy Preston (Slaughter)
7. “Algeris 1 Novembre 1954,” Ennio Morricone / Gillo Pontecorvo (The Battle of Algiers)
8. “The Surrender (La resa),” Ennio Morricone (The Big Gundown)
9. “One Silver Dollar,” Gianni Ferrio (One Silver Dollar)
10. “Bath Attack,” Charles Bernstein (The Entity)
11. “Davon Geht Die Welt Nicht Unter,” Zarah Leander
12. “The Man With The Big Sombrero,” Sam Shelton and the Michael Andrew Orchestra (Hi Diddle Diddle)
13. “Ich Wollt Ich Waer Bin Buhn,” Lillian Harvey, Willy Fritsch, and Paul Kemp
14. “Cat People (Putting Out Fire),” David Bowie & Giorgio Moroder (Cat People)
15. “Mystic and Severe,” Ennio Morricone (Death Rides A Horse)
16. “The Devil’s Rumble,” The Arrows (Devil’s Angels)
17. “What I’d Say Zulus,” Elmer Bernstein (Zulu Dawn)
18. “Un Amico,” Ennio Morricone (Revolver)
19. “Tiger Tank,” Lalo Schifrin (Kelly’s Heroes)
20. “Bastero Gondors Rabhia e Tarantella,” Ennio Morricone (Allonsanfan)
*** UPDATE: AUGUST 2009 ***
The official soundtrack has now been released. (It includes far fewer tracks than originally reported but you can get many of the missing ones though the player above.) Listen to it here –
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