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8 Femmes
(2002)
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Score Composed and Conducted by:
Krishna Levy

Songs Produced by:
Mick Lanaro
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
WEA France/Rhino
(December 17, 2002)
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The original release of the album was produced by the French division of Warner Music. The American album was subsequently released by Rhino. Both were initially readily available and feature identical music.
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Buy it... if you seek an affable companion album from an equally creative film, or if you easily fall in love with tributes to the lush themes from Hollywood's Golden Age.

Avoid it... if you're listening to Armageddon at this exact moment and you can't fathom why anyone would find French tongue in cheek comedy music to be remotely tolerable.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #498
WRITTEN 2/4/03, REVISED 3/2/09
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8 Femmes (8 Women): (Krishna Levy) One of the most creative films to come out of any country in the 2000's, François Ozon's international hit 8 Femmes (or 8 Women) is a large-scale comedic parody of murder mysteries and musical productions from yesteryear. It's the French story of eight oddly matched women who get stuck in the mansion of a murdered man, and through their outwitting of the others, they pursue the mystery and attempt to stay out of each other's suspicions. The fact that the film is an utterly ridiculous musical is what gives it a comedic personality and undeniable charm. Each of the eight women performs her own song, which is no small event given that the eight actresses are well known in France and aren't seen in such roles everyday. The melodies and instrumental styles are all interpretations of famous songs from the 1960's through 1980's (along the lines of what Baz Luhrmann did with Moulin Rouge, but executed with a playful tongue in cheek attitude). Likewise, the orchestral score by Krishna Levy is a parody of sorts, taking aim at both the classic romance and suspense scores of Miklós Rózsa and Bernard Herrmann (respectively). The overall result is a delightful listening experience, but it is so overwhelmingly unique that it exists in a corner of film music almost completely by itself. The eight songs, adapted by Mick Lanaro, are carefully chosen to reflect each character's personality. They range from funky 1960's dance hits to lofty Parisian jazz, modern light tangos to longing 1970's ballads. Their diversity speaks volumes about the characters, and the arrangement of the songs, while distinctly separate from the score in style, is well handled. It is undoubtedly the kind of work that will attract its small audience to the individual characters that the listener finds the most appealing in the story, and for those who can't speak French, then the genre and tone of the material is really the only identity available with which to distinguish each song. The generic imitation of American 50's teenie-bopper rock in "Papa T'es Plus Dans L'coup" takes advantage of Ludivine Sagnier's younger voice to provide the collection's most spirited performance.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:01
• 1. 8 Femmes 8 Fleurs (2:20)
• 2. Papa T'es Plus Dans L'coup - performed by Ludivine Sagnier (1:31)
• 3. Message Personnel - performed by Isabelle Huppert (4:14)
• 4. A Quoi Sert De Vivre Libre - performed by Fanny Ardant (2:40)
• 5. Mon Amour Mon Ami - performed by Virginie Ledoyen (1:43)
• 6. Pour Ne Pas Vivre Seul - performed by Firmine Richard (2:31)
• 7. Pile Ou Face - performed by Emmanelle Béart (1:36)
• 8. Toi Jamais - performed by Catherine Deneuve (2:42)
• 9. Il N'y A Pas D'amour Heureux - performed by Danielle Darrieux (2:42)
• 10. Theme 8 Femmes - performed by Generique De Fin (3:53)
• 11. La Fenetre (0:52)
• 12. Confession De Suzon (2:31)
• 13. Augustine S'evanouit (0:57)
• 14. Pierrette Seule (0:26)
• 15. Augustine Seule (1:06)
• 16. Portrait De Gaby (2:11)
• 17. Envie D'etre Belle (1:16)
• 18. Complicite Feminine (1:51)
• 19. Le Baiser (1:19)
• 20. La Machination (1:15)
• 21. Fin (1:14)

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The insert includes extensive lyrics and notation about the songs.
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