Is this the best film score ever? by Shawn Watson (February 24, 2007)
Maybe not the best (that honor still goes to Bruce Broughton's Young Sherlock Holmes) but Debbie Wiseman's score for Arsene Lupin (a film I have still not seen) is one of the most wonderful film scores of the past 20 years. I am aware that it is a pretty bold statement, but there's just so much to it.
Since I am a big fan of Lupin III, it seemed to make sense that buying a score CD of a movie about the original gentleman thief would be a good idea. I heard a couple of sound clips online and I was instantly blown away. Yes, I did expect the score to match the gothic, romantic and swashbuckling look of the film, but I didn't expect it to be THIS good. Arsene Lupin only got a limited theatrical run here and I missed the chance to see it back in 2005. And STILL it has no DVD release. A film with a score this good should really find a wider audience and it's not cool that the score is going pretty much unheard on its own since it's only available in France.
If classic sounding scores with a massive orchestra that progress through dozens of emotions with multiple themes and motifs are the kind of thing that you crave for then this is a CD that is well worth the price. You can listen to this a million times and never get bored of it. Debbie Wiseman ought to be a bigger name and be involved in bigger projects, her talent far, far exceeds that of more popular composers. It's a shame she's mainly just involved in TV stuff, which can also be said of Bruce Broughton.