I Confess. Dimitri Tiomkin



Otto Keller (O. E. Hasse) and his wife Alma (Dolly Haas) work as caretaker and housekeeper at a Catholic church in Québec City, Québec. While robbing a house where he sometimes works as a gardener, Otto is caught and kills the owner. Racked with guilt, he heads back to the church where Father Michael Logan (Montgomery Clift) is working late. Otto confesses his crime, but when the police Inspector Larrue (Karl Malden) begin to suspect Father Logan. But, he cannot reveal what he has been told in the confession.

Dimitri Zinovich Tiomkin was born in 1894 in Kremenchuk, Ukraine. His introduction to Hollywood came in 1929 with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s world premiere of “Broadway Melody” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. In addition to Capra and Kramer, Tiomkin established fruitful partnership with Alfred Hitchcock where he scored “Shadow of a Doubt” (1942), “Strangers on a Train” (1951), “I Confess” (1953), and “Dial M for Murder” (1954). Despite his European training and sensibilities he found a way to fully capture the spirit of Americana in his music. He goes on his trademarks, huge, noisy cues, propulsive adventure themes that seemingly employed every brass instrument ever invented, and melting, emotionally wrought melodies accompanying romantic scenes also became the stock-in trade of just about every film composer since. This is the Main Theme.

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