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Average Filmtracks Rating: 3.13
Average Viewer Rating: 3.08
Number of Reviews: 16
Number of Votes: 15,640
Number of Comments: 556
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#100. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
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"I've discovered that I don't have that much talent, really. If I work on something for ten years or three weeks it's not going to make a difference. It's not going to get any better. No matter how many years I work on something I'm never going to get to Beethoven's level." - 1997, on preferring a short deadline

"I love working with English musicians, especially the strings. They don't play with excessive vibrato. Strings use too much vibrato in the States" - 1997, on recording in London

"I think every film score that I do is the best film score that I've ever composed. I will say that in terms of strong film scores that I've composed that Cobb, Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy, Drugstore Cowboy, Alien 3, and Titus are the ones that stand out." - 1999, on his own perception of his best score

"In any professional relationship you develop a trust with the person you're working with. Trust meaning that they'll give you at least the option of recording what you're doing and letting your ideas come alive. But at the same time, you're working with a director who has a particular vision, like any other director, and you have to yield to the directors vision. You can not say: this is what I want to do in your film." - 2000, on working with Julie Taymor as opposed to other directors

"It was not very difficult in terms of conception, in that it's very clear that the hero is the hero, the villain is the villain, the zany is the zany, the love interest is the love interest. There wasn't much subtlety there so it made the music pretty easy." - 2001, on the Batman scores

"I say we've spent 20 years being happily unmarried. Julie's late father used to refer to me as his 'son-out-law.' Actually, I think of us as Ozzie and Harriet." - 2002, on his marriage after collaborating with Taymor on Frida

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Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal, 2003

"Bring Fellini back from the dead, and let me work with him!"
- Elliot Goldenthal in 2000

Elliot Goldenthal was born in Brooklyn, New York, in May 1954 and, as a child, studied piano. His interests included jazz and rock, and once he reached his teenage years, he played piano and trumpet and also sang in a touring blues band. He composed a ballet at age 14 that was given a full performance at his high school. In 1972, Goldenthal came under the influence of Aaron Copland through an introduction by Leonard Bernstein. He stayed at Copland's house and they would play four hands on the piano. Goldenthal, in his learning process, would continuously ask Copland questions of every musical kind. Encouraging him in music were his house-painter father and seamstress mother. He would lock himself in his room and listen to everything from Jimi Hendrix to Charlie Parker to Gustav Mahler. Citing the many classical composers who indulged in considerably varied outputs, he claimed that it is a healthy thing for a composer to be skilled in eclectic and dynamic styles.

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 TitleFR VRVTCT RD TRDates Notes
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Tempest
Public Enemies
Across the Universe
S.W.A.T.***2.3294156|||35709/03 - 03/09
Othello (Ballet)***3.1416716|1,15107/03 - 03/09
Frida (AW)*****3.302,25574||15312/02 - 03/09
The Good Thief
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within****3.925,439157|||10006/01 - 01/09
Titus***3.0050453||97006/03 - 03/09
In Dreams***3.061646||1,27007/03 - 03/09
Sphere**2.516143||78803/98 - 07/07
The Butcher Boy
Batman & Robin***2.8574733||25505/03 - 03/09bootlegs
Michael Collins (AW)****3.545500||64310/96 - 09/08
A Time to Kill
Heat****3.2026826||75908/03 - 07/08
Batman Forever (AW)**2.9279050|||25004/03 - 01/12all albums
Interview with the Vampire (AW)***3.921,02637||51306/03 - 03/09
Roswell (TV)
Golden Gate***2.781261|1,39907/03 - 03/09
Demolition Man**2.882016||68410/96 - 02/06
Alien 3**2.971,74637||24407/98 - 08/06
Fool's Fire (TV)
Grand Isle
Criminal Justice (TV)
Drugstore Cowboy
Pet Sematary
Blank Generation
Cocaine Cowboys
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