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The Last Mentsch
Original Soundtrack


Composer: Dürbeck & Dohmen
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 06 May 2014

MovieScore Media releases Dürbeck & Dohmen's score for German movie Der Letzte Mentsch (The Last Mentsch). The film tells the harrowing tale of Marcus Schwartz, an old man who has been hiding his real identity of Mena’hem Teitelbaum since the days he survived the horrors of Auschwitz. Now, preparing for his death, he wants to be buried in a Jewish cemetery, but Marcus must prove that one single thing he tried to deny for so many decades. On a journey to his roots he meets up with a young German girl of Turkish heritage, who, just like Marcus, tries to come to terms with her past...

Dürbeck & Dohmen's score for The Last Mentsch (Der Letzte Mentsch in its original native Germany) is an incredibly beautiful and moving score. It's subtle in both its composition and performance.

The album contains 15 tracks (39 min, 24 sec) with so many beautiful themes interwoven throughout that it's difficult to separate the tracks - this is one of those scores that is hard to listen to just one track without being compelled to listed to the rest. It's not an album where you can choose your highlights for a playlist; you'll want to add the entire album on there.

Tracks like 'Interview: Part III' reminded me, in spirit, of Thomas Newman's score for The Shawshank Redemption (in particular the track 'Brooks was Here').

If you're a fan of stripped back, emotional scores then you'll need to add this to your collection.


Darren Rea

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