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The Passion of the Christ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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The Passion of the Christ

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
Limited Release Date:
02/25/04
performer:
James Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Rosalinda Celentano, Luca Lionello, Maia Morgenstern, Ted Rusoff, Hristo Naumov Shopov
director:
Mel Gibson
Producer:
Mel Gibson
distributor:
Newmarket Capital Group
author:
Benedict Fitzgerald, Mel Gibson
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

Complete with orchestral strings and celestial choirs, The Passion’s soundtrack testifies against the film’s much-heralded ”accuracy.” Splashes of Middle Eastern color aside, John Debney’s score downplays realism to serve emotional resonance, veering somewhat predictably between timeless New Age drones and fateful processions, although the virtuosic layering and cross-fading do create impressive soundscapes. With its chiefly meditative tone, Debney’s music may even strike some listeners as more spiritually genuine than the brutality it ameliorates on screen.

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