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Gods And Monsters: Music From The Original Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
To orchestrate this semifictional account of the life of horror director James Whale, Carter Burwell attempts to capture a bit of the orchestral grandeur of Franz Waxman's original score to Whale's Bride of Frankenstein. B... more »
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To orchestrate this semifictional account of the life of horror director James Whale, Carter Burwell attempts to capture a bit of the orchestral grandeur of Franz Waxman's original score to Whale's Bride of Frankenstein. But although much of the music fulfills Burwell's desire to echo the movie's themes of death, desire, and loneliness in a late-19th-century Romantic manner, there is something peculiarly modern about his final execution. Instead of shrill moments of romantic agony or passionate crescendos, the layers of melancholy violins and pensive woodwinds provide textures that are relentlessly counterclimactic. While it may lack surface excitement, the score reflects the psyche of the film's main character: a gentle but jaded man who is vexed by unfulfilled desire and simply wants to die. --Joseph Lanza
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"Carter Burwell's musical score for GODS AND MONSTERS is truly one of the most beautiful and haunting works from the contemporary cinema. It is at times soothing or melancholy, while at other times it is eerie, mysterious, and even downright spooky. The film for which it was written is, of course, Writer-Dirctor Bill Condon's somewhat controversial bio-pic that explores, using both facts and speculation, the last weeks in the life of James Whale, himself a famed film director who is probably best known for his early horror flicks like FRANKENSTEIN and THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. It is only fitting, then, that the music, much like Whale's life and career, fluctuates in both mood and timbre.Today it is well known that Whale was a homosexual, and the film GODS AND MONSTERS openly addresses this fact. Needless to say, the film itself may not appeal to those who are easily offended by obvious allusions to the gay lifestyle or its inherent practices. However, any movie buff who enjoys the films created by James Whale will certainly enjoy the musical score to GODS AND MONSTERS. In another time, Burwell's music could have easily worked for THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN or THE INVISIBLE MAN."
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