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Carrie: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
In 1976, Carrie made a star of Sissy Spacek, a bankable first-tier director of Brian DePalma, and a household name of horror writer Stephen King (on whose first novel the film was based). Newcomers John Travolta, Amy Irvin... more »
In 1976, Carrie made a star of Sissy Spacek, a bankable first-tier director of Brian DePalma, and a household name of horror writer Stephen King (on whose first novel the film was based). Newcomers John Travolta, Amy Irving, and Nancy Allen didn't do so bad for themselves either. But like the solid efforts of many film composers, Pino Donaggio's work went largely unheralded at the time, though DePalma would reward him with no less than five more scoring assignments in the years to come. Ironically, Donaggio was the director's second choice; the first, Bernard Herrmann, died just hours after the final recording session for Scorsese's Taxi Driver in December, 1975. For the Carrie, score, Donaggio descends from the breezy string and flute arrangements that introduce the innocence of the title character into a darkening orchestral maelstrom as the troubled telekinetic Carrie suffers increasingly harsh indignities at the hands of her schoolmates and madly fundamentalist mother. Like his peers Morricone and Rota, Donaggio often understates the most dramatic scenes of his projects; the famed school prom hell storm scene is accompanied merely by rumbling sustained chords from the strings beneath subtly disquieting electronic effects. Ryko's interspersing of dialogue clips is especially effective here, particularly the chilling rantings of Piper Laurie as Carrie's mother. --Jerry McCulley
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R. Penola | NYC, NY United States | 12/29/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The movie CARRIE is truly one of the best psychologically terrifying movies in recent history; part of its "get under your skin" power lies in Pino Donaggio's eccentric and transporting soundtrack. While it is not the kind of music you play for a candlelit dinner, if you want to evoke memories of the haunting film, this will more than do the trick. Mother At The Top Of The Stairs is perhaps the most artistically gratifying piece for me, with its perfect blend of suspense and unbearably sad chords repeated over and over. It captures, without fail, the specific moods and feelings of the characters and story brilliantly. There are pieces missing however -- as in the playful piece that underscores the girls' punishment-workout, and the guys' tuxedo shopping."
This is a beautiful c.d...simply beautiful.
Brendon J. Wenzel | minneapolis, minnesota | 12/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"carrie is not only one of the best films of the 20th century; beneath each scene of the film seethes a stirring and evocative score. this is honestly one film that is, quite simply, inconceivable without the underlying propulsion of pino donaggio's remarkably breathtaking score. each note on this score brings forth intense visuals from the film in the listener's mind (i find carrie's theme to be one of the most succinctly enchanting melodies ever written). rarely is a score written that so effectively and astoundingly encompasses the depth and psychology of the film's characters. the lyrics to the two vocal tracks express intense longing and disillusionment, and are brought to life in a hauntingly bare style. i highly recommend this score for anyone who enjoyed the film. this is not a rushed collage of overtly mismatched songs; it is a painstakingly precise glimpse into the soul of the film."
Anyone who loves the film will also love the soundtrack!
Robyn Fuller (email@example.com | England | 10/21/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album's excellent, but probably only fans of the film will think so. A lot of the music is very dark and conjurs images of isolation, but the two Katie Irving songs are beautiful, especially "...Someone Like Me". The inlay card is interesting and has a detailed write-up about the film and the score, as well as a film poster on the back. The only disappointing thing I found about the album is that songs like "Education Blues" and "Heatwave" aren't on it. These are just as much a part of the film as the rest of the tunes, and perhaps their lighter tone would have made the album more accessible. Still, never mind, it's definitely well worth the money in my opinion!"