*Read John Williams’ biography here
Directed by Oliver Stone, this 1995 drama tells the biographical story of the political and personal life of former US President Richard Nixon who is played by Anthony Hopkins.
Unlike the musical style Williams’ had demonstrated previously, the score for Nixon is gloomy and missing upbeat pieces. There are lots of minor key motifs which alternate with “electronically-driven dissonance” which might have supported the fall of Nixon (and Williams’ own recollections of the Nixon era) but failed as an album.
The score was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Original Dramatic Score but lost to The Postman.
I’m not a huge fan of this score. I love the rolling timpany early in the music, but I prefer uplifting music which this is most definitely not. For me it is discordant and melancholy. The ending in particular finishes on a minor chord which I always find dissatisfying, made worse by what seems like an unfinished series of notes on piano. Is the ending complete or do you think it has been left hanging?