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STALINGRAD

About The Music
The music in Stalingrad was composed by Angelo Badalamenti, a well-known American pianist and composer. Badalamenti is most famous for the music he composed for films directed by David Lynch, as well as for his "Twin Peaks" series and for The Beach, directed by Danny Boyle.

From Angelo Badalamenti: "I heard about the battle of Stalingrad when I was at school, but to tell the truth, I didn't hear much. As you probably know, information about WWII in the United States is mostly related to the opening of the Second Front and the invasion of Normandy. However, I had still heard of Stalingrad. I'd read about Pavlov's house defended in such a heroic way that Hitler's troops failed to capture it.

"Fedor Bondarchuk, the director, contacted me in February 2010, and I wanted to compose the music for his film at once. I asked for the screenplay and read it in no time, because I wanted to plunge into the material of the film before thinking about the music.

"Had it been a film about war and battle only, it would have been of no interest to me. However, what I read was a simple, human story of love, taking place against the background of a huge and bitter battle. What's more, it is devoid of any mythology or shallow pathos. I was extremely touched by the story of five men who, like five fathers, take care of the young girl, Masha, who is the only person left in the besieged building.

"What I liked about the script is that Thomas Kretschmann's character is no personification of the evil Nazi regime. He's a man who doesn't want to be on this battlefield. He doesn't want to fight. He'd rather have dinner with his family and drink some schnapps. He is familiar with kindness, but he does his monstrous job. That is what I liked about the plot. It's an absolutely new idea, not only of the battle, but of war in its literal meaning. I realized that it would be a very interesting task for me to compose music for.

"I listened to many Russian songs (both folk and original ones), and I felt their intonation - the melodic minor. It inspired me when I was working on the music. We recorded the soundtrack in Moscow. It took me two weeks to work with a symphony orchestra. The tunes are different for various story lines. The main theme/tune is universal; it can't be characterized as Russian, German or Japanese. It is as universal as the idea of the film. It's universal because any international audience watching Stalingrad will be able to understand it."

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