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Eight Millimeter
(1999)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted and Orchestrated by:
Nicholas Dodd
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Compass III Records
(February 23rd, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print.
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Buy it... if you're clamoring for some outrageously obnoxious Moroccan rhythms, vocals, and instrumentation to go along with your curiosity about snuff films.

Avoid it... if the above statement makes no sense to you, either.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #367
WRITTEN 2/16/99, REVISED 8/25/07
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Danna
Danna
8mm: Eight Millimeter: (Mychael Danna) Not much praise can be given director Joel Schumacher's Eight Millimeter, a truly wretched and unnecessary film about Los Angeles' illegal underground snuff industry. Nicolas Cage weaves his way through a fragmented and nearly unintelligible screenplay as he investigates an 8mm movie found by a wealthy widow. In the film from her husband's collection, a young girl is sexually assaulted and killed on screen, and the widow wants to know if the death was real. As Cage would delve into the seedy underworld of sadistic perversion, the film managed to alienate or offend every reviewer around the world, not to mention horrified audiences. Composer Mychael Danna, whose career has since proven him quite accomplished, used Eight Millimeter to break away from the Atom Egoyan and Ang Lee collaborations to debut in mainstream Hollywood. It would be fascinating to know what truly went through his mind when he first saw a cut of the film, however, for the score he produced is so incongruous with the subject matter. Schumacher explains the unusual score as one that "transcends" normal movie music, something you'd hear him say about Elliot Goldenthal with better credibility. But that simply doesn't explain how bizarre the Eight Millimeter score truly is. Functioning primarily as an atmospheric element, Danna's music for the thriller is actually quite effective. He succeeds in creating a sound that is naturally unsettling, utilizing unfamiliar instrumentation and vocals to accentuate a mysterious and terrifying journey to the darkest realm of society. In these regards, this score isn't remarkably different from Danna's surrealistic music for Exotica a few years earlier. But in the context of Eight Millimeter, this approach begs several questions. This is one of the few scores that has ever, for instance, raised questions about whether the composer's approach was distinctly racist.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 50:08
• 1. The Projector (1:20)
• 2. The House (2:05)
• 3. The Call (1:44)
• 4. The Film (1:10)
• 5. Cindy (0:56)
• 6. Missing Persons (4:47)
• 7. What Would You Choose (3:12)
• 8. Hollywood (2:52)
• 9. Unsee (1:21)
• 10. Dance With the Devil (5:36)
• 11. The Third Man (1:15)
• 12. Loft (1:57)
• 13. No Answer (1:48)
• 14. I Know All About... (1:41)
• 15. 366 Hoyt Ave. (1:46)
• 16. Scene of the Crime (5:53)
• 17. Machine (3:31)
• 18. Rainstorm (3:50)
• 19. Home (1:32)
• 20. Dear Mr. Wells (1:53)

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The insert includes the following note from director Joel Schumacher: "Mychael Danna's score, haunting, voluptuous, darkly seductive, transcends music for film. Mychael is truly unique and a major talent."
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