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We don't know if we'd call Alexandre Desplat the best working composer -- although an argument could certainly be made for that. But we'd certainly call him one of the most prolific. Since the French composer broke out a decade or so ago with "Girl With A Pearl Earring" and the amazing music for "Birth," he's been in high demand, and ever more so as time goes on. In 2011, for instance, he penned the music for no fewer than Nine films -- "Largo Winch II: The Burma Conspiracy," "The Well Digger's Daughter," "A Better Life," "The Tree Of Life," "Carnage," "The Ides Of March," "Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2," "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close" and "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir." This year he's kept to the same pace, with scores for "Cloclo," "Max Von Sydow: Dialogues With The Renter," "Moonrise Kingdom," »


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