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Marc Streitenfeld receives BAFTA nomination
27-Jan-2008 -


Awards Ceremony in London February 10
German-born film composer Marc Streitenfeld has been nominated by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) in the category of Best Music recognizing his score to American Gangster for director Ridley Scott. The score, over 100 minutes of music, marks Streitenfeld’s seventh consecutive music collaboration and second film score with Scott.

Set in the Seventies, the crime drama follows a detective (Russell Crowe) who works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), a Harlem kingpin who smuggles heroin into the country by hiding it in the coffins of American soldiers returning from the Vietnam War.

The dark subject matter required a score that could support the tension and add impact to the intense drama. Streitenfeld's approach was to utilize an 80-piece orchestra as well as numerous acoustic pre-records, mostly performed by Streitenfeld himself. "The orchestra is only one element of many," explained the composer at a scoring session at the Sony Scoring Stage in Culver City, CA.

Born in Munich, Germany, Streitenfeld relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 19, first working for composer Hans Zimmer as his assistant, then as a freelance music editor and music supervisor on high profile features. Streitenfeld was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for his work on Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven. It was Streitenfeld’s long creative relationship with Scott that led the award-winning filmmaker to offer the composer his first feature score A Good Year. Prior to his work as a composer, Streitenfeld had collaborated with Scott as music supervisor and music editor on several projects, including Matchstick Men, Black Hawk Down and Gladiator.
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