The Night Window

One of the most visually arresting sequences of 1917 is accompanied by what may well be one of the most impressive pieces of film music we will hear all this year. Here’s a link to the music on YouTube- even away from the film, Thomas Newman’s music is quite haunting, and I don’t recall a piece of music from him quite like it before. The rest of the score is fairly routine for modern for film music these days, its just that ambient, semi-sound effects style that has been in vogue for some time now, but this piece certainly recalls the good old days when film music drew attention to itself and wasn’t afraid to be, well, music.

2 thoughts on “The Night Window

  1. There was a point in the middle of the film — I think it was during the sniper fight — where I suddenly realised “oh, this is a Sam Mendes film, that means this is a Thomas Newman score”, because, once again, the music reminded me of Lemony Snicket. For me, the work he did on that film haunts every other score he does! But that was about the only time I realised it during 1917, so I guess he did a decent job (it bugged me on a fairly regular basis throughout Skyfall and Spectre).

  2. Ian Smith

    Lemony Snicket- never seen nor heard it, perhaps that’s all for the best. I could hear some of Shawshank Redemption in the 1917 score – particularly this Night Window cue, funnily enough. Of course the film couldn’t resist going all ‘Journey to the Line’ from Zimmers Thin Red Line score near the end.

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