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Brokeback Mountain

The Argentine composer, guitarist and producer Gustavo Santaolalla released a solo instrumental album in 1996, called "Ronroco," which, with its pensive melodies and hovering flutters of fanned strings, sounded like a score in search of a movie. (One track, "Iguazu," was in fact used in the 1999 Ron Howard film, "The Insider.") Santaolalla went on to score such pictures as "Amores Perros" and "The Motorcycle Diaries," and while none of this rich, memorable music especially suggested he'd be the perfect guy to score the rustic "Brokeback Mountain," it turned out that he was. His beautifully constructed melodic lines and gorgeous chord shifts embody the melancholy yearning of the movie's story and merge perfectly with the sparkling cinematography of Rodrigo Prieto.

Santaolalla also wrote or co-wrote and plays on several songs in the movie, including two old-school country laments, "No One's Gonna Love You Like Me," sung by Mary McBride, and "I Don't Want to Say Goodbye," sung by Teddy Thompson (sounding not at all like his father Richard); a neo-bluegrass instrumental workout called "An Angel Went Up in Flames"; and, most notably, "A Love That Will Never Grow Old," co-written with Bernie Taupin, elegantly sung by Emmylou Harris and already the winner of a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song.

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But the two standout tracks in the film, to my mind, are outside contributions. Willie Nelson's version of "He Was a Friend of Mine," aglow with his warm, effortless intimacy, is altogether mesmerizing. And Rufus Wainwright's "The Maker Makes," with the singer's bereft, haunted voice floating above irreducibly simple waltz-time piano chords, is a heart-piercing masterpiece.

"Brokeback Mountain" has substantial Oscar competition for Best Score — "The Constant Gardener," "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Munich," "Pride & Prejudice" — but I don't think there's really any contest. — Kurt Loder


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