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Haim Mazar's score for The Iceman
11-Jun-2013 -

Relativity Music Group has released The Iceman – Original Motion Picture Score digitally on May 21, 2013.  The album features original music by Israeli composer Haim Mazar, whose score was called an “invaluable contribution” by Hollywood Reporter.
The score had to capture the two aspects of “The Iceman’s” point of view – that of the cold-blooded killer and that of the family man.  Mazar described, “On one hand there was the grim, dirty, dangerous crime life: musically represented by a thick hybrid of pulsating electronics and orchestral effects that could burst and become violent at any moment.  On the other hand the score needed to reflect his family life, Ariel [Vromen, director/co-writer] wanted to play with mostly strings and piano.”
Mazar found two scenes were key.  He said, “The first was the scene when Richard (Michael Shannon) and Deborah (Winona Ryder) have their first date, which was great for musically setting the family tone and the tone of their relationship. I also established a theme that was later used as their relationship progressed throughout the years. The second scene I scored was the scene when Roy Demeo (Ray Liotta) threatens Richard in the car outside of his home. Energy-wise that scene felt very tense, and I figured that if I could get the right tone for that scene, it would help me set the tone for the rest of the mob scenes.”

Inspired by actual events, The Iceman follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon) from his early days in the mob until his arrest for the murder of more than 100 men. Appearing to be living the American dream as a devoted husband and father; in reality Kuklinski was a ruthless killer-for-hire. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession.
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