1898: An Oil Odyssey

The overture emerges before the Miramax logo has faded. It builds over the title credits and then reaches a piercing pitch of frenzied dissonance for a few blackened moments before the scene opens to three rocky dunes of the New Mexico desert.

This first fragment of Johnny Greenwood’s score to There Will Be Blood gives us a brief but explosive summation of the film. Daniel Plainview’s life will be one of singular ascension, a…

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