and Warren Ellis - of the internationally celebrated bands Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, The Dirty Three
– release the soundtrack to the film The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
on Mute February 5th, 2008. February 5, 2008 also sees the film released on DVD. The soundtrack is currently available via digital download.
"The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" is a savage tale of the true American West. Director Andrew Dominik, who also directed the 2000 cult classic Chopper
, brings his distinctive vision to this project; the story of the slaying of one of the West's most infamous outlaws, Jesse James (1847-1882).
The film, adapted for the screen from the Ron Hansen novel of the same title, charts Robert Ford's (Casey Affleck
) entry into Jesse James' (Brad Pitt
) cutthroat gang of bandits and thieves, Ford's subsequent resentment of James' growing notoriety and ultimately, Ford's plan to kill the deadly gunslinger. The film also stars Sam Shepard
, Zooey Deschanel
, Sam Rockwell
and Mary-Louise Parker
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' score for "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" captures the charismatic and unpredictable nature of its central protagonist, played by Brad Pitt. Like the film, Cave and Ellis' music cuts through the mythic figure of Jesse James to reveal the complex, contradictory man beneath. Daring and passionate, Cave and Ellis' have delivered a soundtrack that retains its captivating power, even without the benefit of the film's imagery.
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis previously collaborated on the soundtrack for the 2005 critically acclaimed Australian Western "The Proposition." "The Proposition" was directed by John Hillcoat and written by Cave himself. The haunting semi-acoustic score, featuring plaintive violin, eerie sound loops and mournful piano, received universal praise.
Cave is no stranger to scoring for films and has established a renowned reputation for his work in this field. Together with fellow Bad Seeds Mick Harvey and Blixa Bargeld, Cave wrote the indelible soundtracks the harrowing 1989 prison drama "Ghosts...Of The Civil Dead" and the 1996 emotionally charged jungle melodrama, "To Have And To Hold" (both directed by John Hillcoat). Cave has also been commissioned by various directors to compose specific songs for their motion pictures; including Wim Wenders
, for his pictures Until The End Of The World
(1991) and Faraway, So Close!
and the 1993 sequel his Wings Of Desire
, (in which Cave And The Bad Seeds performed), and Jez Butterworth for Mojo