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Herrmann: Snows of Kilimanjaro/5 Fingers - Soundtracks

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Herrmann: Snows of Kilimanjaro/5 Fingers - Soundtracks

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The 1952 film of Ernest Hemingway's The Snows of Kilimanjaro turned the short story into a project that may have initially been "beneath" the composer (he said of Hemingway around the time of the film's release, "He is one of the best examples of an American writer who started out with much tallent and look what a complete piece of corn he's been for twenty-five years;" in turn, the author called the production, "The Snows of Zanuck," in dishonor of the film's producer), but it ultimately provided the composer with "many opportunities to write music of a highly nostalgic nature, inasmuch as the film deals with the tale of a man who is dying on the African veldt and during the fever of his illness relives much of his emotional past." Of course Herrmann's music is almost always an artistic reflection on life and death.

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