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10. The music of "Shutter Island" (supervised by Robbie Robertson, 2010)
Scorsese’s films have always been highly creative in their use of music, and rarely more playfully so than in “Shutter Island,” where longtime friend and collaborator Robertson eschewed traditional scoring in favor of densely layered samples from a panoply of classical and modern composers ranging from Mahler to Cage to Eno, all forming a unified Herrmann-style soundscape. Not my favorite Scorsese work, “Shutter Island” nonetheless remains a technical marvel that could easily have found its way into this list for Sandy Powell’s costumes or Dante Ferretti’s production design, but it’s the Russian-doll score that sticks.
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