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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Robin Foster
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 12 August 2016

Lakeshore Records release the soundtrack to Anthropoid. The movie is based on the extraordinary true story of “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, was the Reich’s third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. The film follows two soldiers from the Czechoslovakian army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš, who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lockdown, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, an operation that would change the face of Europe forever...

Robin Foster's score for Anthropoid is a subtle collection of themes, but it's not the sort of score that most will find inspiring, relaxing or take much away from. It's really a collection of instantly forgettable cues that are designed to sit unnoticed in the film's background and add a little more atmosphere. There's plenty of moments where the sound slowly fades in from nowhere and others where notes are drawn out as though this was music composed to be slotted in anywhere the director wanted it, without actually writing to specific scenes.

The album contains 16 tracks (41 min, 03 sec) with the only track I really enjoyed being the choral 'Dulce et Decorum', which really is a beautiful track.


Darren Rea

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