Cezary Skubiszewski “Death Defying Acts”

Album Reviews | Sep 1st, 2008

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Record Label: Lakeshore Records
Genre: Film Score
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Death Defying Acts is an Australian-UK movie that was directed by Gillian Armstrong. It stars Guy Pearce and Catherine Zeta Jones and is about Harry Houdini at the height of his career. Houdini wants to contact his dead mother and meets a beautiful psychic in the process. He wants to contact his mom from beyond the grave. Cezary Skubiszewski composed a very interesting & compiling film score. Even without seeing this movie, I love this score!

The score starts off with a brilliant composition called Death Defying Suite and it features a lot of the motifs from the score. Since Houdini was from Hungry, there’s a lot of gypsy style pieces in the score. It also feels like you’re listening to Liszt or Brahms as well. If there’s one score that this reminds me of is Philip Glass’s score to The Illusionist. Besides some of the Hungarian themes, there’s a hint of Scottish instruments and themes in the music as well. In some of the tracks, there’s slight choral singing. Overall, from not knowing a thing about this movie, the score makes me want to see this movie now. I don’t really know too many scores from Skubiszewski but I’m anticipating his next score.

Bottom Line: This score makes me want to see the movie now
Notable Tracks: Death Defying Suite, Hello Edinburgh, The Audition, The Final Curtain
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