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Others [Music from the Motion Picture]
     

The Others [Music from the Motion Picture]

by Alejandro Amenábar
 
The spine-tingling art house horror film The Others, the English-language debut from Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar (Open Your Eyes), generated a big media buzz due to the highly publicized divorce between the film's producer, Tom Cruise, and the film's star, Nicole Kidman, which became final just hours after the Hollywood premiere. Tabloid

Overview

The spine-tingling art house horror film The Others, the English-language debut from Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar (Open Your Eyes), generated a big media buzz due to the highly publicized divorce between the film's producer, Tom Cruise, and the film's star, Nicole Kidman, which became final just hours after the Hollywood premiere. Tabloid headlines aside, Amenábar deserves props for the fine work he's done writing and directing the film, as well as composing the score. "For me, the process of making a picture involves a complete integration of music, sound, and image," Amenábar said in an interview for a film web site. And he deftly realizes this vision with his richly textured and impressionistic score, performed by the London Session Orchestra. With its haunting flute, harp, and string arrangement, the main theme sets a dreamlike mood before segueing into the ominous "Wakey Wakey," where a deep oboe note and shuddering strings foreshadow the future perils of the film's heroine. Amenábar further escalates tension, creating a sense of inescapable doom, with the racing tempo and orchestral thunderclap on "They Are Everywhere." While he slows the pace briefly for "Reunion," an innocent, childlike piano piece, he quickly plunges the listener back into a symphony of fear with the oboe-and-strings-accented "I Do Believe It" -- which reveals the filmmaker's masterful skill at evoking the spooky sound of things that go bump in the night.

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
The spine-tingling art house horror film The Others, the English-language debut from Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar (Open Your Eyes), generated a big media buzz due to the highly publicized divorce between the film's producer, Tom Cruise, and the film's star, Nicole Kidman, which became final just hours after the Hollywood premiere. Tabloid headlines aside, Amenábar deserves props for the fine work he's done writing and directing the film, as well as composing the score. "For me, the process of making a picture involves a complete integration of music, sound, and image," Amenábar said in an interview for a film web site. And he deftly realizes this vision with his richly textured and impressionistic score, performed by the London Session Orchestra. With its haunting flute, harp, and string arrangement, the main theme sets a dreamlike mood before segueing into the ominous "Wakey Wakey," where a deep oboe note and shuddering strings foreshadow the future perils of the film's heroine. Amenábar further escalates tension, creating a sense of inescapable doom, with the racing tempo and orchestral thunderclap on "They Are Everywhere." While he slows the pace briefly for "Reunion," an innocent, childlike piano piece, he quickly plunges the listener back into a symphony of fear with the oboe-and-strings-accented "I Do Believe It" -- which reveals the filmmaker's masterful skill at evoking the spooky sound of things that go bump in the night.
All Music Guide - Kathleen C. Fennessy
Alejandro Amenábar, the Spanish director of acclaimed horror film The Others, also composed the score -- which makes him one of a select few indeed (Mike Figgis, of Leaving Las Vegas fame, is another). As he states in the liner notes, "It was my avid listening to soundtracks as a child that inspired my interest in movies. I then started writing and composing melodies for my little stories." In other words, the composing came first, then the directing. This instrumental soundtrack, performed by the London Session Orchestra, is as subtle and sophisticated as his World War II-set feature, which doesn't rely on special effects or gore for its shocks, but is more of a psychological thriller in the vein of The Innocents or The Haunting (with Nicole Kidman as the strict but loving English mother of two frail children). For the most part, the music is spare and restrained with occasional eruptions into lushness and drama (as in "They Are Everywhere," a reference to ghosts, and "Communion Dress," an article of clothing that at more than one point resembles a shroud). The emphasis is on woodwinds and strings, with percussion kept to a minimum. Removed from the visuals, the soundtrack is rarely scary, but more often eerie and even a little otherworldly. Amenábar also composed the music for Open Your Eyes, the Spanish-language inspiration behind Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky, featuring Tom Cruise, who co-produced The Others.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998970526
catalogNumber:
89705

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