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Vanity Fair Soundtrack

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Out-of-print in the US. Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama), one of America's most popular stars unites with Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), one of the world's most acclaimed directors, to bring to the screen one of the greatest female characters ever created. The new film version of the classic novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray centers on the beautiful, funny, passionate & calculating Rebecca "Becky" Sharp. Becky, with a fine education but no inheritance to grant her security in 19th century British society, is bound & determined to be a success. Upon graduation she first works as a tutor, but seeing that the profession will lead only to degradation & low standing, she sets about utilizing her charm & attractiveness to climb the social ladder. The society she is battling is a rigid one, though, & it will take skill, luck & cleverness to achieve the social respect she so desires. Focus Features presents Vanity Fair opening September 1 at theaters nationwide (est. 800 screens). The Decca soundtrack will be released on August 31 & features original music composed by Mychael Danna (Monsoon Wedding) as well as the new song "She Walks In Beauty" performed by Scandinavian sensation Sissel, which plays over the opening credits.

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William Makepeace Thackery's mid-19th-century meditation on the boundaries of class and gender gets a smartly sympathetic remake via Indian director Mira Nair and Reese Witherspoon, who imbues the story's social-climbing Becky Sharp with some of the same spunky spirit the actress brought to Legally Blonde's equally ambitious Elle. Composer Mychael Danna furthers that sense of era-bridging drama with an orchestral score that sets the story's time and place via effective pastiches of Schubert and Beethoven (that's Danna himself channeling a little Ludwig van on the evocative solo piano passages "Andante" and "Adagio"), yet often fuses them seamlessly with a modern sensibility that helps story's contemporary parallels resonate all the more. The soundtracks four songs revolve around poles of Romantic-era evocations (Danna's stately adaptations of Lord Byron's sonnet "She Walks in Beauty" and the standard "Great Adventurer") and the lively East Asian rhythms of Hakim's "El Salaam" and Mahadevan/Sharma's sprightly duet, "Gori Re." But Danna's masterful infusion of 19th century classical Romanticism with the dry, postmodern instincts of the 21st are the score's most compelling achievements, music that argues that while times and mores have changed, the human spirit remains as stubborn as ever. --Jerry McCulley

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Product Details

  • Performer: Mychael Danna
  • Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002JU1GC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By GreyEminence on September 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I just recently saw the film "Vanity Fair", and I was pleasantly surprised. The film was beautifully photographed, with great performances throughout, and one of the things that stood out the most was the soundtrack. Written by Mychael Danna (who previously worked with "Vanity Fair" director Mira Nair on the film "Monsoon Wedding"), the soundtrack contains both regal orchestral pieces that convey the grandeur of Regency England (pieces such as 'Ride to London'), as well as more 'ethnic' pieces (such as 'El Salaam' and 'Gori Re') that evoke the colourful and vibrant India of the film. However, the true highlight of the soundtrack was the song "She Walks In Beauty", performed by Norwegian soprano Sissel. This song, featured during the film's opening credits, is actually a Lord Byron poem set to music, and it is sparse and eerie, yet strangely beautiful and melancholic at the same time. This song alone is worth the price of the soundtrack. However, this soundtrack only receives only 4 stars because I found some of it quite repetitive. This is a common problem among movie soundtracks, and the soundtrack to "Vanity Fair" has a wonderful main theme that seems to be repeated often in slightly different forms. However, on the whole this soundtrack is a great effort from Mychael Danna, and I certainly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tithenai on April 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I very much enjoyed the soundtrack (much, much more than the movie) for what it was -- some beautifully done music. I don't know enough about composition to relate different styles to different periods (my knowledge goes about as far as "dissonant=modern"), but I -do- know literature, and just want to note that "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal" is a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, published in 1847 -- which would be WELL after Becky Sharpe sung it in the movie, even with all the bizarre time-jumping going on in it. This in no way diminishes the song's beauty, and I love the poem for itself -- but just wanted to add a few grains of salt to the historical accuracy of the soundtrack, which remains, to my ear, quite beautiful.

A further quirk to me was the "Salaam" song, which is sung in Arabic. Still enjoyable (though it made NO SENSE in the movie), but I feel it's worth noting that it's not any dialect of Indian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kb on September 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
After seeing Vanity Fair, I just had to run out and get this soundtrack. I love the grand sweeping style of the orchestra pieces and I was amazed that this was from a modern composer and not pieces pulled from the past. Certain 'songs' I just can't seem to get out of my head. Other reviews have mentioned "She Walks in Beauty" it's very noteworthy. I also love tracks 15 and 16. This is great background music for working or doing chores around the house. It's also perfect to just lay back and listen to the wonderful splendor that is this soundtrack-- if you close your eyes you can see the action.
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By Shirley Richmond on January 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Our grand daughter who is over 13 years old, enjoyed this CD very much. The whole family was listening to it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss Grace on May 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Vanity Fair..A feast for the eyes...and hardly a true period piece! SO the music is a bit out of sync...It is still fabulous and for the musical snobs..I too happen to a VERY learned "chantuese".. and in my opinion Custer Larues'. Crimson petal is anything But wimpy...It is meant to be whispery..and provocative..there is nothing uncertain at all about it...MUCH control there..!
Becky Sharp is a character that many women adore because she is STRONG and ruthless! Who cares if the movie was not dead on accurate..It was truly enjoyable...ANd I loved it!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amadeus 888 on August 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Why bother about historical accuracy at all? The scene where Becky sings "Now sleeps the crimson petal" is probably the most memorable and moving scene of the whole film. I loved it.
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