The Homesman plays the Croisette on May 18 and one of the big takeaways with the western in addition to its nuanced performances from Hilary Swank and director-star Tommy Lee Jones is how composer Marco Beltrami takes the traditional sound of the oater score to another plain entirely. Homeman tells the story of a stubborn, prairie spinster who convinces a drifter to assist with the transport of a group of insane woman to a safe haven across the midwest. While Ennio Morricone’s main title theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly rested on a tribal “wah wah” sound, Beltrami creates his own take on the western wah wah by bending guitar strings with the sound of the wind outside his Malibu-based recording studio. The film marks the third time that Beltrami and Jones have worked together. Speaking about their shorthand in the video and his admiration for Beltrami’s experimental nature as a composer, Jones exclaims, “I’m always interested in originality. We don’t have to do a lot of talking. Sometimes, I’ll complain or whine, I rarely cry.”
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