Tobruk Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Tobruk by Bronislau Kaper.
At a glance:
35 minutes of score
Geek Score: 67.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 6.25
Album Excellence: 18%
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Tobruk, the 1967 war movie by Arthur Hiller is my next review. A Canadian POW major is rescued by a special British military unit made up of Germans to help lead an attack on a major Nazi fuel depot in Tobruk, Libya. It’s set in September 1942 and Rommel is roaming about. The score is composed by Bronislau Kaper and this review is part of Polish Film Music Composers month. Lots of World War II drama here and the opening theme ‘Main Title – Prologue’ certainly brings that forth to my ears. It’s not the strongest theme Kaper has ever made, but the military might is clear in this cue and for me it’s entertaining and bold. Problem is, can the score keep up the high standard?
Instead of going for the big, bold, epic and heroic, Kaper decides to go for a more subtle and tense score. These kind of scores are hard to judge and often depends on my mood. In this case, I did enjoy some of it like parts of ‘Desert Convoy – Prepare For Attack’. ‘Marker’s Humor’ is at the excitement level I want for the score. It’s the cues like ‘Traitor Of The Tunnel and ‘Exit Portman’ that really kill this score for me. No excitement and barely functional tense cues.
1. Main Title – Prologue
5. Harker’s Humor
18. End Title – End Cast – Emblem