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Being John Malkovich: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack

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Writing a soundtrack for Being John Malkovich couldn't have been an easy task for Carter Burwell. How many films so freely sneak between absurdity, fantasy, and dark melancholy--often in the same scene? Thankfully, the film composer rose to the task. The music of Being John Malkovich varies from introspective simple piano solos to a snippet of Bartók, but mostly revolves around an orchestrated theme found from the start of the movie (heard in the track "Puppet Love" all the way through "Future Vessel"). There are some odd surprises, such as Björk's dreamy contribution of "Amphibian" and "Malkovich Masterpiece Remix," in which the actor reciting his name is transformed into a goofy trip-hop tune. Track 17 is an excerpt of Burwell verbally explaining a scene to his orchestra; on track 18 ("Lotte Makes Love"), we get to hear the outcome. Just like the movie, this soundtrack can be repetitive at times, but it's a perfect accompaniment to this weird and wonderful film. --Jason Verlinde

1. Amphibian (Mark Bell Remix) - Bjork
2. Malkovich Masterpiece Remix - Nick Peck/John Malkovich
3. Puppet Love
4. Momentary Introspection
5. You Should Know
6. Craig Plots
7. Malkovich Shrine
8. Embarcation
9. Subcon Chase
10. The Truth
11. Love On The Phone
12. To Lester's
13. Maxine Kidnapped
14. To Be John M
15. Craig's Overture
16. Music For Strings, Percussion And Celeste, SZ106: Allegro - Cleveland Orchestra/Christopher Von Dohnany
17. Carter Explains Scene 71 To The Orchestra
18. Lotte Makes Love
19. Monkey Memories
20. Future Vessel
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 14, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • ASIN: B00003G1Q0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,264 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Clompy on December 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
When I saw this EXCELLENT film in November, I knew I loved the music. I went out to buy the soundtrack and discovered it wouldn't be released until Dec. 14! That was an ENTIRE month away! Well, I waited and finally got what I wanted. Was I happy with it? More than happy. The packaging itself is something that you rarely see. It flips open to reveal a pamphlet with a bunch of Malkovich heads on it! Then, inside, it contains about thirty to fourtyfive minutes of the script's dialogue! It's the weirdest thing I've seen! Getting to the CD, there are a handful of good ones. Namely the hysterical (if you've seen the movie) "Malkovich Masterpiece Remix". That's crazy and cool! Bartok's "Allegro" is a neat piece and Carter Burwell's score is really moody and interesting (though quite repetitive). Each track sounds very similar, just with a different name. But still, the soundtrack is very innovative and strange. ALSO, you can see visuals on the CD when you put it into your computer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AfSucSker on July 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I bought this mainly because it included the first new Björk material in a long time. "Amphibian" is one of the most amazing songs I've ever heard. It uses piano washes that slowly evolve with the sparse bass line while Björk's vocals seem loop and evolve as well. If this is a sign of what's to come from Björk, then her new album will be breathtaking. I just wish I could find some more music that is in the same vein as "Amphibian"...if you know of something, e-mail me(Nander514@Aol.com). Also, the symphonic music by Carter is amazing, and it flows so well that you won't even notice what track you're on. Contrary to some people whining that Björk or the "Malkovich Masterpiece" flaw this album, they actually flow together amazingly and the album works very well as a whole. Listen to it from start to finish!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dyckman on June 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Carter Burwell, best known to soundtrack fans as the composer to the Coen Brothers, here creates strange, yet pleasant music that fits perfectly with Spike Jonze's brilliant yet bizarre film. I'm not a big Bjork fan, so the opening and closing songs aren't my favorites. I do love the excerpt from Bartok's "Music for String, Percussion and Celesta".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ted Kanailf on January 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I thought this cd was fantastic. I mean, I loved the movie, but the cd is even better. I especially liked the Malkovich Masterpiece Re-Mix done by Mario C and Spike Jonze. It sounds like they took the original song from the movie and sprinkled a little gold on top. I also loved the Bjork song. She has such a big voice for such a tiny person. Carter Burwell's score was great too. Keep your kids safe from Hollywood, buy this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Adam Renkovish on May 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Like the score to "Donnie Darko", this one also captures the feel of the movie, and is also one of the best film scores I've ever heard. Carter Burwell is one of the greatest composers, and this CD proves it. This score brings out the mixed emotions in the movie, and words cannot describe how awesome it is. There aren't many scores like this one. You should find it and buy it as soon as you see it.
Great score. Buy it NOW!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Parrish on March 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack cd is the perfect compliment to the visionary film--Cater Burwells score is a pitch-perfect aural equivocation of the profound sadness and blithe absurdity on display,with his sense of minimalist suggestiveness and rich textural instincts shining bightly.Also an added bonus of the above-mentioned dream combination--Bartok's "Allegro"(I know diddly about classical music,but Bartok rocks!!),and a typically great Bjork song"Amphibian"(in two versions),that book-ends the album with an etherial,dream-like haze.
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