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MovieScore Media: "The Shadow in My Eye" (Marco Beltrami, Ceiri Torjussen and Buck Sanders)

Original score from the 2021 war drama feature film directed by Ole Bornedal, starring Danica Curcic, Alex Høgh Andersen and Susse Wold, produced by Miso Film.

On March 21st, 1945, the British Royal Air Force set out on a mission to bomb Gestapo’s headquarters in Copenhagen. The raid had fatal consequences as some of the bombers accidentally targeted a school and more than 120 people were killed, 86 of whom were children.

Opening with the heartfelt “Henry’s Piano”, the score distinguishes itself with a clever combination of contemporary tension scoring and a selection of symphonic, emotional cues. The inhuman war machine grinding the city of Copenhagen gets a suitably cold, largely industrial underscoring with “RAF Attack” and “The Bombing” as symphonic additions (such as pulsating strings) complement the noise created by the planes and the artillery. On the other hand, the civil victims are commemorated with cues ranging from the nostalgic (“The Classroom”) though the haunting and hopeless (“Bodies”) to the optimistic (“Final Run”).

Following his groundbreaking score for Scream, Marco Beltrami became the most reliable genre composer following the adventures of alien invaders (The Faculty), vampires (Blade II), ghosts (The Woman in Black) and zombies (World War Z). He is frequently trusted with scoring the most valuable Hollywood properties: he worked on the remakes of The Omen, The Thing and Carrie, but he also took over from Michael Kamen on the last two Die Hard movies. Beltrami’s regular filmmaking partners include Wes Craven (Scream 1-4, Dracula 2000), Guillermo del Toro (Mimic, Hellboy), James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine) and Tommy Lee Jones (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The Homesman). MovieScore Media has released his scores for the controversial Russian film Mathilde and his prior collaboration with Ole Bornedal, the mini-series 1864.

Ceiri Torjussen has been present on the Los Angeles film music scene since 2000 and has participated in scoring Hollywood blockbusters like Repo Men, Live Free or Die Hard and Underworld Evolution. His more recent scores include the bombastic action comedy Big Ass Spider! (2013) which was inspired by monster movie music of the 1950s, Patrick Magee’s Primal Rage (2018) and Mike Gan’s Burn (2019), starring Josh Hutherson. Ceiri’s score for the LGBTQ dance drama Test (2014) has been released by MovieScore Media.

Raised in South Carolina, Buck Sanders moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to pursue his career as a musician. He became Marco Beltrami’s assistant in 1997, collaborating in the creation of numerous soundtracks, including that of The Hurt Locker for which they received an Oscar nomination for the best soundtrack in 2010. Though working on basically all of Beltrami’s scores to some capacity, Sanders has received co-composing credits on such recent projects as the zombie romance Warm Bodies (2015) the action thriller No Escape (2015) and the historical drama Waiting For The Barbarians (2019). []

Jeremy [Six Strings]

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