Guy Ritchie’s “Operation Fortune: The Art of Winning” is released – a crime comedy in the spirit of adventure films of the 80s, and its soundtrack is appropriate – the mood is a typical “expensive retro”. The title track on the soundtrack is Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, and is complemented by glamorous action orchestrations by Christopher Benstede, Oscar winner for best sound (Gravity), who worked with Ritchie on his latest hits, The Gentlemen and Anger human.” “Snob” invites you to take a short musical journey and remember the music that sounds in the main films of the British director
Guy Ritchie started his journey in the world of audiovisual arts as a music video maker, and if you watch an old techno clip from the mid-90s by Westbam, Koon & Stephenson Always Music, you will find that it already has almost all the signs of the director’s future films: extra large plans, machine gun montage, a beautiful girl in a dark pantsuit, vintage cars and thugs in tight T-shirts.
Guy Ritchie will play these techniques and images many times throughout his career, including in the new adventure comedy “Operation Fortune: The Art of Winning” – a modern film, but at the same time maintaining a connection with the world of old movies like “The Pink Panther” and funny militants with Jean-Paul Belmondo. At a pivotal moment in Operation Fortune, Aubrey Plaza whispers the words to BJ Thomas’s old hit Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, and the bravura song itself plays almost in its entirety – the scene bridges over to George Roy Hill’s western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. 1969. This is the anthem of people who have made a successful robbery and are ready to celebrate their triumph.
Like many of Guy Ritchie’s soundtracks, The Gentlemen’s set of songs is a versatile collection designed to be listened to in its entirety, more than once. At the same time, Richie and his musical consultants always try to surprise the listener and give old songs a second birth in a different historical era. That is why Roxy Music appeared on the soundtrack of The Gentlemen with the bewitching hit of the 70s In Every Dream Home a Heartache and the German krautrockers Can with Vitamin C. before the series “Euphoria”). The famous number Sunshine of Your Love by the Cream trio seems to have been created in order to press the gas pedal and fly along the highway. But Ritchie is also no stranger to relaxation – he adds a bit of elegant retro hip-hop The Pharcyde, as well as That’s Entertainment’s sarcastic The Jam.
One of Guy Ritchie’s first big hits came around the turn of the century, and it’s literally stuffed with the trendy music of those years. Here is the penetrating spy downtempo of Sensual Woman The Herbaliser, and the epic gothic trip-hop Massive Attack Angel, and Mirva, fashionable at that time, with his Disco Science. It is the French producer Mirva who acts as Richie’s liaison with Madonna, his muse of those years. Of course, without her Lucky Star, too, could not do. For retro fans who are always waiting for something from Guy Ritchie from the conventional assortment of the VH-1 music channel (or the jukebox in the diner), Ghost Town The Specials, Golden Brown The Stranglers and Dreadlock Holiday 10cc are the impeccable English style of those years when Records were sold in the millions.
“Rock and Roll”
This Guy Ritchie film proves that the director not only knows how to skillfully combine old hits and new trendy tracks, but also act as a musical trendsetter. This is what made Black Strobe’s I’m A Man an international hit, a witty reworking of Bo Diddley’s song. The guitar-synthesizer roar and the stern baritone of the group’s vocalist Arno Rebotini will set any dance club on the ears. Rock-n-Roller also saw the rebirth of the old hit by garage rockers The Sonics Have Love Will Travel, which can provoke spontaneous barhopping. Another lucky person who received Richie’s “invitation” is The Subways – their energetic song Rock and Roll Queen not only perfectly suited the general mood of the tape, but also became a decoration of many bar parties.
“Cards, money, two barrels”
The first of Guy Ritchie’s hits is 100% British in spirit with a great array of national hits. The focus is on the director’s favorite garage rock, the American classic The Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog. The picture is a true document of the Britpop era: the founding fathers of the genre The Stone Roses with their funky masterpiece Fool’s Gold, and the Hundred Mile City Ocean Color Scene found a place in the track. Even here, Robbie Williams offers a dashing Man Machine guitar number from I’ve Been Expecting You, when the musician still had ambitions to continue the legacy of the Gallagher brothers from Oasis. The melody from “Zorba the Greek” by Mykos Theodorakis and the bouncy funk of James Brown The Boss add to the exoticism – this sound is quite to the liking of his gangster music lovers.
The mood of Guy Ritchie’s most ambitious (at least visually) psychedelic gangster film is fully captured in Electrelane’s instrumental Atom’s Tomb, with its rising guitar/electronic intro. In the soundtrack, there was a place for Mozart, and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, and Beethoven, Erik Satie, Vivaldi, and finally Ennio Morricone (the latter, by the way, half a century ago wrote the music for another “Revolver” – Sergio Sollima’s crime drama). Here, David Axelrod’s old track The Mental Traveler, reminiscent of the darkest nights of the summer of love in the late 60s, harmoniously coexists with the electronic cosmism of Richie Hawtin, who presented the soundtrack with a suite of his project Plastikman Ask Yourself – with a hypnotic Yello-style melodic declamation and disturbing techno- bit. The quintessence of the soundtrack is an electronic remake of Mucchio Selvaggio Morricone from the Germans 2Raumwohnung: the theme of the urban cowboys of the 2000s without any fear or reproach.