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Marie Antoinette: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack

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Oscar -winning Sofia Coppola brings to the screen an imaginative interpretation of the life of France's legendary teenage queen Marie Antoinette. When betrothed to King Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman), the na‹ve Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst) enters the opulent French court which is steeped in conspiracy and scandal. Without guidance, adrift in a dangerous world, the young girl rebels against the isolated atmosphere at Versailles and becomes France's most misunderstood monarch. Based on the book Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser. Soundtrack features such artists as Aphex Twin, Bow Wow Wow, The Cure, Gang Of Four and more.

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Marie Antoinette may be a period film, but don't expect minuets: Sofia Coppola's candy-colored portrait of the doomed queen moves to a punk beat. Whatever you think of how that approach works in the movie itself, it makes for a bracing two-CD soundtrack that's like a mix tape put together by a DJ particularly attuned to the tastes of 2006, not 1786. A dominant chunk of the selection is made up of vintage postpunk tracks, from Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Hong Kong Garden" to Gang of Four's "Natural's Not in It," from New Order's "Ceremony" to the Cure's "All Cats Are Grey." The giddily fun Bow Wow Wow offers a counterpoint to all that seriousness with three songs (two of them, including the iconic "I Want Candy," remixed by My Bloody Valentine's maestro Kevin Shields). Newer contributions come from acts as diverse as retromongers the Strokes and avant-electronicists Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, while Dustin O'Halloran (half of the L.A. duo Devics) contributes three nice, Debussy-style piano solos. The most conventional choices of the lot are a pair of harpsichord pieces by Couperin and Scarlatti, as well as Vivaldi's "Concerto in G," a chestnut that's got to be in every single film set in the 18th century. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: October 24, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • ASIN: B000ICLSQU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Bradley Olin VINE VOICE on December 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I think it's fair to say that Miss Coppola has superb taste in music.

I first heard this album over Christmas weekend when a friend brought her laptop over. She plugged it into my receiver and let it run through. Meanwhile we were baking and cooking. I found myself really getting into the music, and was even surprised by her taste. Song after song came on, and I even wrote down the names of a few bands I'd never heard of, in hopes of doing further research for prospective purchases or downloads. I was even enjoying the harpsichord interludes which were tastefully woven into the mix.

I asked for a copy of the 2 disc soundtrack and have been listening to it all weekend. It's just one of those kinds of albums with a great mix of songs and sounds that really just take you to another place. I'm not sure they take me to Marie Antoinette's time, heh, but it's great escape music regardless.

This soundtrack will speak to anyone who enjoys 80s dance punk, or low fi indie rock, ala my bloody valentine, yo la tengo, etc.
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Like the other soundtracks to the previous Sofia Coppola films, this one proves to be no less dream-like and surreal than the previous two. The first disc has a fun sound to it, sounding almost as if you are hearing the music coming from a room down a long hall. This disc includes 80's favorites Siouxsie & The Banshees, Bow Wow Wow, New Order, Adam & The Ants, The Cure and a few others. Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine fame remixes "I Want Candy" as well as another Bow Wow Wow song on the second disc, both add an atmospheric touch to the already classic songs.

The second disc is a much more mellow side with Aphex Twin, The Radio Dept., Squarepusher, etc. This disc is just as surreal as the first, but in a different way. Aphex Twin's prepared piano ballad "Jynweythek Ylow" adds a haunting element to the second half of this soundtrack, Squarepusher's "Tommib Help Buss" which is a different version of "Tommib" featured on the Lost In Translation soundtrack sweetly begins to bring the second and final disc to a close, which ends with The Cure's "All Cats are Grey". Overall this soundtrack is one you can listen to for two different moods and creates excitement for the forthcoming film Marie Antoinette.
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Good movie soundtrack, definitely excited about seeing the movie once it's released. My one very minor disapointment was that New Order's "Age of Consent" wasn't on the soundtrack. It's been played in some of the previews and I was hoping to find it here as well. Disc 1 is very upbeat and party like, whereas disc 2 is low key and chill. I love the modern take on this historical figure's life. Reminds me a little bit of the 1996 Romeo & Juliet movie and soundtrack. (which is one of my favorite soundtracks of all time!)

Get it, truly is "music for the party... and the morning after." (that's what it says on the cd!)
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After seeing this spectacular movie, I knew immediately I had to have the soundtrack. It complimented the film so well and enhanced it into an entirely different experience.

Firstly, I was pleasantly surprised to see that this is two disc set with wonderful colors that pop out just as much as the cover art and the music itself. Listening to the first CD was an absolute treat that I have not stopped listening to since. This disc is filled with music that makes you feel as though you missed out on something great in the eighties for a few of them, and then that you should be paying more attention to the present with ethereal tones of recent music. There is an amazing indie feel to the tracks that is reminiscent of finding buried treasure. This CD is very upbeat and leaves you refreshed, much like the beginning/middle of the film where life is going good for the child-Dauphine.

The second disc has a melancholy air about it that settles you down, much like Marie does. When I want to relax, I set these tracks spinning and melt in the echo of Versailles. With the exception of one or two faster songs, this second disc is a perfect companion to the film that ends on a bittersweet note of what is to come.

I reccommend this whole-heartedly to any fan of the Strokes, the Arcade Fire, Air, Bow Wow Wow [and similar eighties singers], The Jesus and Mary Chain, and other indie-esque songwriters. This is a great buy [and I bought another for a friend] and would be money well spent.
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I say "bi-polar" becuase this soundtrack alternates, like the mind of a young girl with too much time on her hands (yes, that's you Ms. Coppola), between giddy and rambunctious or contemplative and anguished. Music can tell a lot about the person who chooses to listen to it, much less include it on a soundtrack, and this soundtrack makes it abundantly obvious the tone of which the director was lend to take the film.

Setting aside the artistic choice to contrast a period-piece with new wave music, the songs on this CD stand out on their own as extremely good pieces of music. They have a rather timeless quality, so that more recent entries like The Strokes don't sound out of place next to the more traditional new wave sounds of New Order.

The first half of the disc is largely upbeat. It opens with a fabulous classical intro to Siouxsie and The Banshees' "Hong Kong Garden" and then moves into crazier territory with Bow Wow Wow's "Aphrodisiac." The Strokes' "Whatever Happened" is a common tune but one that grows on you with subsequent listens. Then one of the album's most delightful surprises, a showing by The Radio Dept. for a break in pace with "Pulling Our Weight." After this comes the pensive but bravely inspiring cover of Joy Division's "Ceremony" by New Order. Back at the palace ball, Gang of Four gets the masses riled up with "Natural's Not in It," followed by another Bow Wow Wow classic "I Want Candy" (I'll confess this is one that could have been left out, it's commercial and overplayed as it is; it does work given the context of the film, but not so much on this soundtrack). The party ends with Adam Ant's "Kings of the Wild Frontier" which is a take-it-or-leave-it track.

From there, the first disc turns largely into a contemplative atmospheric set.
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