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The Handmaid’s Tale is an important television show from a social and political perspective. As such, it can deal with some provocative and impactful issues. For me, a significant part of a TV show’s or a film’s ability to have an impact is through its choice and use of music. The person responsible for supervising the music in The Handmaid’s Tale is Maggie Phillips and she gave an interview to Variety about the soundtrack of the show.
The Handmaid’s Tale
This is what Maggie Phillips had to state when it came to the topic of using Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Hungry Heart’ in Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale and whether Bruce was a fan of it:
“I guess so because that was all Bruce! He wanted an American icon for the song in the car. Oprah Winfrey’s voice as the DJ sets it up and between the two, you couldn’t get more American or iconic. And he chose the live version at the end to kind of open it up to the people. He really wanted the audience to feel hopeful at the end of that episode. By having people singing along, he hoped that would bring in the crowd and make them feel involved in what June (Elisabeth Moss) was feeling in her past.”
Maggie Phillips also gave some comments on the criticism The Handmaid’s Tale receives when it comes to its choice of music:
“Those ironic choices that are jarring and pull you out of the moment, they are Bruce’s intention. He wants you to be jarred and have to be pulled back to reality. Remember, we are only a few years in the future on ‘Handmaid’s Tale.’ The past is not a distant past. Gilead starts in 2012. It’s not that long ago. It’s scary.”
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