Friday, November 09, 2007

Lust, Caution by Alexander Desplat

Lust, Caution by Alexander Desplat
Fleeting Pleasure
By Cap Stewart
As of late, director Ang Lee seems to be getting a kick out of being controversial. The subject matter of his previous film, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, stirred a considerable amount of controversy itself. In fact, so did Gustavo Santaolalla’s score for the film—especially after his mediocre effort garnered him an Oscar win, edging out two John Williams compositions (among other nominees). Alexandre Desplat’s efforts for LUST, CAUTION aren’t nearly as controversial (although it is interesting to note that the score fails to employ instrumentation native to the film’s locale).
My first exposure to the music for LUST, CAUTION involved hearing a few tantalizing thirty-second clips. The restrained beauty of the main theme quickly captured my attention and left me wanting more. I haven’t been a huge fan of Alexandre Desplat (although I did like his work on THE QUEEN), but this score sounded like it could change my view of him.

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