Dunkirk's Soundtrack

The 2017 World War II thriller about the evacuation of British and Allied troops from Dunkirk beach.
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Yes, the Inception-suite is always the encore. :P

Just a few pieces has changed from last year's tour to this year's. Like the addition of the Wonder Woman theme. But The Dark Knight, Interstellar and Inception stuff has always been identical.

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As Im listening to the score Im trying to think in which scenes each track played. Listening is so much better when I imagine which scenes were accompanied by these tracks. Anyone else doing that? lol Im sure you are :)

Im still missing few and there might be some that I just didnt remember, anyone willing to help out?

For those who havent seen the film Im spoilering it since its quite heavy on spoilers:
1. The Mole

First half - opening cards + soldiers on the streets
Second half - same motif but different cue to scene with stretcher carrying + Mr.Dawson preparing/taking off

2. We Need Our Army Back

??? Conversation between Commander Bolton and Rear Admiral/Colonel Winnant ???

3. Shivering Soldier

Spotting/rescuing shivering soldier
Ending sequence - Farrier flying over beach towards the end of the film (shot from the 400 000 men tv spot)
Ending sequence - ??? Soldiers walking towards trains ???

4. Supermarine

Variations of dogfighting aerial scenes

5. The Tide

Tommy, Alex, Gibson coming back to beach, sleeping, watching solder drown, Colonel Winnant walking on beach, watching failed attempts of getting on boats

6. Regimental Brothers

First part - begining of the film as Tommy walks away from Gibson, shots of soldiers lined up and Tommy trying to get in that line
Second part - ??? Collins ditching, the pov shot of Farrier looking at Collins going down ???
Third part - soldiers walking towards the boat on beach

7. Impulse

Farrier going after the enemy messerschmitt and then spotting the Heinkel closing in from far away.

8. Home

Commander Bolton on mole, spotting the fishing boat under attack, watching the vanquisher taking off, looking at whats coming and then seeing little ships aka "home"

9. The Oil

Storylines coming together, attack on vanquisher, Moonstone saving men from the water, Farrier going after Heinkel

10. Variation 15

Ending sequence - Tommy reading newspaper on train, Peter going to herald/looking at article about hero boy George with Mr. Dawson, Farrier landing/captured

11. End Titles

Written and directed by Christopher Nolan

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I don't know if it's on the soundtrack at all, but the music/effects that play when:
1) The torpedo hit and the boys were taking water.
2) Collins was making a crash water landing.
3) The planes were heading toward the Moonstone and the mole simultaneously.
Is a great track, but it should have only been used on #1. It was okay for #2, but by #3 it was overkill to me. I wish they had something else in place there especially.

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I usually don't even notice the soundtrack music in a film, Dunkirk included. To me it's just all part of the feeling of the scene. I only notice soundtrack music if there are vocals (like song tracks), or if there is a big change in the mood of the soundtrack, for example near the end of Star Trek: The Voyage Home when
the whales arrive in San Francisco Bay, the enemy heads out and the skies/weather clear.
In Dunkirk, I noticed the soundtrack change for
Little Ships arriving

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MuffinMcFluffin wrote:I don't know if it's on the soundtrack at all, but the music/effects that play when:
1) The torpedo hit and the boys were taking water.
2) Collins was making a crash water landing.
3) The planes were heading toward the Moonstone and the mole simultaneously.
Is a great track, but it should have only been used on #1. It was okay for #2, but by #3 it was overkill to me. I wish they had something else in place there especially.
You mean the start-stop-start-stop static noise effect thingy, right?
dormouse7 wrote:I usually don't even notice the soundtrack music in a film, Dunkirk included. To me it's just all part of the feeling of the scene. I only notice soundtrack music if there are vocals (like song tracks), or if there is a big change in the mood of the soundtrack, for example near the end of Star Trek: The Voyage Home when
the whales arrive in San Francisco Bay, the enemy heads out and the skies/weather clear.
In Dunkirk, I noticed the soundtrack change for
Little Ships arriving
Me too! First viewing, I was too overwhelmed taking in the main gist of the film that I completely missed the music.

It was only after giving the soundtrack a listen (so I would know what to listen for on my second viewing) and then seeing the movie again that I could hear the music. :lol:

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okungnyo wrote:
MuffinMcFluffin wrote:I don't know if it's on the soundtrack at all, but the music/effects that play when:
1) The torpedo hit and the boys were taking water.
2) Collins was making a crash water landing.
3) The planes were heading toward the Moonstone and the mole simultaneously.
Is a great track, but it should have only been used on #1. It was okay for #2, but by #3 it was overkill to me. I wish they had something else in place there especially.
You mean the start-stop-start-stop static noise effect thingy, right?
Yep.
That one struck me more as "I'm drowning" than anything else, which is why I don't give it as much of a pass for #2 because it still does it as Collins is flying. It gave an underwaterish tone to it, and really made holding my breath harder and harder during it. Very impacting in #1.

Not to mention if it did it while Collins was submerged whilst in the cockpit, it would have been cross-cutting with other events (yes, the boat leaking, but they weren't "drowning" at the time) and not very long, thus something else still would have been more appropriate.

#3 just feels off with it.
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I'll go for another viewing soon and see if I agree with you or not. :lol:

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Gosh it's so well done.

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