Soundtrack Corner

Filth — Clint Mansell

by Elizabeth Esten
Filth1Clint Mansell’s original arrangements as well as repurposed pre-existing works are what truly create the best moments in Jon S. Baird’s adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel. The two main goals of the music are to punctuate certain moments and contrast darker moments. Since the film is set around Christmas, Mansell uses this to create great irony—a good example being “Winter Wonderland” playing during one of Bruce’s lowest points. As for punctuating a scene, another one would be a bagpipe cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” playing during the final sequence of the film, becoming the most emotionally driven moment. Thanks to the score, Filth is an excellent exercise in creating feelings through song.

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