CITY OF GOD (Milan/Warner) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
In their score for the film many are calling the Brazilian Scarface, Antonio Pinto and Ed Cortês could easily have followed the simplistic North American route and cobbled together a collection of popular samba and MPB tunes. Instead, the composers created their own Brazilian music snapshot on City Of God, assembling a crack band to recreate the type of music folks in the Rio slums would have been listening to in the 60s and 70s. The soundtrack progresses chronologically, beginning with classic-sounding samba and moving elegantly through the samba-funk of the early 70s and the more electrified beats of the late 70s and early 80s. Pinto's and Cortês's ear for the vibe of the time is astonishingly accurate, and City Of God is that rarest of contemporary film scores that actually works without the film.