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Soundtrack to War (2005)

| Documentary | Video 2005
A lone Documentary filmmaker ventures into Iraq, to see firsthand how music plays a part in the Army's life inside of the biggest conflict since Vietnam.

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Soundtrack to War showcases spontaneous music performances by a striking cast of battle weary. Performances made without rehearsal, under the blaring Iraqi sun, with a destroyed city, the distraction of gunfire and bursting mortar shells forming a frightening backdrop. American culture came into Iraq, wired into its tanks and helicopters - a live soundtrack to war, with lyrics such as Let The Bodies Hit The Floor, Round Out, The Tank and Bombs over Baghdad, being memorised by every soldier and forever linked to the violent events they accompanied. As the war extended into a second year, many started writing and performing their own songs. It was rock, rap & roll. Written by Anonymous

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This movie's director George Gittoes has said of this documentary: "I dodged bullets to make this film". See more »

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Enjoyable bit of rough documentary.
18 September 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I got onto this documentary after I heard an interview with Gittoes on Triple J (a decent Australian radio station). I finally got around to getting it out and wasn't disappointed.

The film has a rough feel about it, Gittoes getting quite up close, but as I saw it, not very personal, making it really more about the music than anything, he even states himself its more of a musical. If you want to see some free-styling, country, patriotism, American rhetoric mixed with some true idealism, I would recommend this to you. There are some legitimate emotional moments, ordinary Americans (though they are military personnel) giving it their effort and relating their experiences through music.

Iraq plays a nice backdrop, demolished and very candid, which I think makes a good background giving the interviews and performances some background for the audience to relate to.

Good film worth your time, though don't expect to sit there and go over it every little bit as a life changing experience.


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