Monday, 31 March 2014

Musical musings: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The main title track to Alberto Iglesias's score to TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, Tomas Alfredson's superlative 2011 adaptation of the John le Carré novel.

While I love this film (and the novel, and the Alec Guinness miniseries) for its twisty plotting and complex characterisation, not to mention the superb performances by its talented cast, it's the atmosphere that keeps sucking me back in. Literally every frame seeps with weary cynicism and the sense that the glory days of the characters and the world they inhabit are long gone, and Iglesias's languid score plays a huge part in conveying this to the viewer. If I had to choose an adjective to describe it, it would be "autumnal".

If and when Alfredson's SMILEY'S PEOPLE adaptation finally gets off the ground, I sincerely hope he brings back Iglesias to do the score.

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