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THE SUNSET LIMITED  (2011)
Production Company: HBO Films, The Javelina Film Company
Distributors: Home Box Office
Release date (USA): 12 February 2011

Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Screenplay: Cormac McCarthy
Based on the Play by Cormac McCarthy

Music Composed by Marco Beltrami
Orchestra Conducted by Marco Beltrami
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
Recorded and Mixed by John Kurlander
Music Editor Johnny Caruso
Orchestra Contracted by Peter Rotter
Music Preparation Mark Graham & Steven L. Smith

Music Produced by Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders

Synopsis: Two men in an apartment with their opposing beliefs in this play by Cormac McCarthey. The black guy, a former convict who believes in God, just saved the white atheist professor from jumping in front of the express train. He won't let the depressed man leave, without following him, and feel he's in this situation for a reason, decided by God. An intense chamber play about belief or unbelief, and a conversation about what's true and important in life, or not.

A NOTE FROM THE COMPOSER

It was very minimal (score). There was somebody who made these recordings just sort of walking down the street in the city and that became these musical soundscapes of just city sounds. And so he (Tommy Lee Jones) thought that would be the approach rather than using the sound department to sort of create things in the background and all that. I mean there was some of that but he wanted the score to integrate that and so I took train, horns and car horns and started messing a little with their tuning to come up with something that could work thematically. But it's very sparse, there's not that much score. There's a few moments that get a little more introspective and the score plays in them. The biggest cue was at the end when he wanted the score to invoke all religions. That was what he said: "I want to get the feeling of all different religions coming together." So I messed around again with found sounds. It was a lot of fun.

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