Desplat on World War II: Imitation Game, Unbroken

Another Oscar season means another opportunity for prolific French composer, Alexandre Desplat, to finally earn his long-deserved Academy Award.

The Imitation Game and Unbroken are fascinating for their similarities and differences. They are highly unusual World War II biopics about two lonely, tortured geniuses: Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who broke the German Enigma code with his revolutionary bombe computer prototype while tragically being trapped by England’s homophobic code, and Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), the Olympic champion runner-turned war hero, who survived multiple Japanese prisoner of war camps.

The Imitation Game is very educated and full of dialogue and has humor; Unbroken is big, provocative, spiritual, beautiful, very hard because it’s extremely moving to see this young man trying to survive through all the catastrophes he goes through,” Desplat explains. “The great thing about this film and the difference with The Imitation Game music is the tempo. It is absolutely the opposite. All this running and pain. But I decided very early on after trying several directions, what worked was rather slow in tempo. A lonely, very deep, strong rhythm. It uses bigger orchestration and of course is very serious.”

The frantic Imitation Game score is all about counterpoint, propelled by keyboards, clarinets, celeste harp, and fast arpeggio…

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