Original score from the 2021 documentary feature film directed by Carl-Ludwig Rettinger and Lorenz Findeisen, produced by Lichtblick Film- und Fernsehproduktion, Iota Production and Vice Versa Films, released by Farbfilm Verleih (Germany).
THE STORY: Re-examining the story of the Red Orchestra: the most important resistance network in Nazi Germany, whose operations extended from Berlin and Brussels to Paris.
THE SCORE: “I first thought working on a WW2 documentary was a bit tricky because of the sheer scope of the story. But Carl-Ludwig Rettinger pushed me to be as near as possible to the characters, their feeling, their ideas, their love affairs, and especially one of the main founders of the Red Orchestra, Leopold Trepper. That led to the decision to have a rather small-sized orchestra, with piano as well as cimbalom, a Hungarian instrument. It brings to me this Eastern and ‘film noir’ sound and its bounciness underlines well how bold and courageous the members of the organisation were. I based many musical themes on rhythms and ostinatos to reflect the way those people were always on the move in order not to get caught. Also, some electronic and in particular Moog synth pads and percussions were a perfect match to the many images of the films shot in the 70s about the Red Orchestra and help bringing a modern view on the events.” – Eloi Ragot
THE COMPOSER: French composer Eloi Ragot’s best-known work may be his original music for the Netflix TV series The Break that won the Best French-speaking Series Award at the Series Mania Festival 2016. A second season was released on November 2018. Since then, he’s worked on Dutch TV-Series Women of the Night (Netflix), Canadian feature film Reservoir as well as the Belgian Sci-Fi series Unseen whose soundtrack has been released by MovieScore Media. Eloi just finished working on another television series entitled The Window, to be released in fall 2021.
RB1001 THE RED ORCHESTRA (Original Documentary Soundtrack)
Music Composed by ELOI RAGOT
Release date (digital): August 27, 2021