George Fenton

Dangerous Beauty

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Dangerous Beauty boasts a splendor and refinement that is well matched to the film's 16th century Venetian setting. George Fenton's score is romantic but never sappy. Few contemporary composers excel so consistently with this kind of light classical approach, even if the music's sheer agreeability renders it an unchallenging and even forgettable listen. Indeed, while Fenton's unpretentious approach demands praise, one wishes he would deviate from formula and produce a score of genuine complexity and daring. Too much of Dangerous Beauty passes by without impact, and while it's unquestionably lovely, it doesn't stick to the ribs.

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