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Comments about the soundtrack for Requiem for a Dream (Clint Mansell)

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loving and hating "Requiem For A Dream"
• Posted by: David Norlin   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, October 12, 2009, at 1:48 p.m.
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I'm a huge fan of Mansell's music, but the review pretty much hit it on the head. While I would give Requiem 5/5, the lack of complexity is abrasively obvious. Where Requiem is truly amazing in the creation of atmosphere, which I believe gets the short end of the stick. It is easy to hear a score on the film, and on CD, but in the middle of the night when the lights are out, the score comes into its own. It is disturbing, and beautiful, and as unhinged as the film. It is a blunt, simple score for a base, derranged movie, and while I largely agree with the review (including the over-ratedness which has been sickeningly enhanced through youtube), Requiem For a Dream is a score to be experienced on a different level, not necessarily "listened" to, per say.

There's my two bits. Thanks for the review! Really been waiting for this one.


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