The Thin Red Line is the soundtrack of the 1998 Terrence Malick film of the same name. It was released on January 12, 1999 by RCA Victor. German-born film composer Hans Zimmer is credited for scoring most of the score along with his studio partner John Powell. The soundtrack was nominated at the 71st Academy Awards for Original Dramatic Score, but lost out to Life Is Beautiful. “Journey to the Line” has become very popular and was used in trailers for Pearl Harbor, Man of Steel (Comic-Con trailer), 12 Years a Slave, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Zimmer wrote several hours of music, with several different themes, even before Malick started to shoot the film. The director then played the music on the set, while filming, to get himself, and the rest of the crew and actors in the right frame of mind. Zimmer and collaborator John Powell composed over four hours of music on this film, presumably for the director’s original cut of the film. However, when director Terrence Malick re-cut the film down to its current running time of 170 minutes, he chose only a few select pieces of music from Zimmer’s and Powell’s musical contributions, along with original source music, and much of Zimmer’s compositions were cut. The film also features several Melanesian choral songs and chants, performed by the Choir of All Saints from Honiara, only one of which (“God Yu Tekem Laef Blong Mi”) is featured on the soundtrack. In addition to the choral music, Zimmer added to his tracks the use of Asian instruments, like the Shakuhachi and the Koto. Thin Red Line – Hans Zimmer.

Michael Palin, With “SAHARA”| Anthos | Manteau | ISBN 90-7634-188-5
The Sahara. The size of the United States with a population the size of Norfolk. And with extreme temperatures and camel poisoning thrown in, Michael always had his work cut out. (sah HAH rah) the world’s largest desert, located in northern Africa from the Arabic name Al-Sahra meaning “the desert” covers a landmass larger than the United States. Thousands of years ago it was a fertile and inhabitable region until drought forced migration. On my birthday I became Michael Palin’s book. Beeing in the Sahara this summer in Morocco I now know what it feels like to be in such a large desert. (See Picture below)

Esther & maza in the Sahara Morocco

Michael Palin’s own introduction :

M. Palin - Sahara
M. Palin – Sahara
Sahara is one of the most powerful and evocative names on the world map. As a child, the images I had of the Sahara were both frightening and intriguing – palm trees, camels, turbanned travellers reclining, whilst being poured sparkling water by urn-carrying maidens in flimsy veils. It looked fun. I also knew that most western explorers who tried to cross it never came back. The combination of seduction and severity appealed to me. In the spring of 2000 I decided that it should be the next television journey. It promised to be tough, but that’s what the viewer seemed to like. It also offered the chance of going into, if not the unknown, certainly the very little known. The BBC were enthused by my enthusiasm, but wary, I think, of too much sand. They offered four one-hour programmes, as opposed to seven 50-minutes on Eighty Days, eight on Pole to Pole and ten on Full Circle. The filming took place between February 2001 and February 2002, with work on the book squeezed in between our various trips to the desert (the longest of which was a virtually non-stop seven weeks from Western Algeria to Timbuktu). The book and series were delivered in May 2002 and the series began transmission on October 13. An average of 8.25 million people watched the four programmes, a bigger share of the audience than Full Circle. The call of the Sahara, it seems, is not just my own private fantasy.
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