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An American Rhapsody
(2001)
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Milan Records
(August 21st, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you appreciate the restrained tone of Cliff Eidelman's character drama scores of the late 1990's.

Avoid it... if you expect Eidelman to use the opportunity of this weighty cultural drama to revisit the engaging tone of his late 1980's works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,279
WRITTEN 12/7/01, REVISED 2/14/09
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An American Rhapsody: (Cliff Eidelman) An arthouse film from writer and director Eva Gardos that briefly gained international attention in the summer of 2001, An American Rhapsody is a character drama about a family torn apart by the harsh political rule imposed upon Hungarians in the 1950's. A young Scarlett Johansson plays a teenager who, based on Gardos' own life story, traverses both America and Hungary in an attempt to determine her own identity after her troubled, split childhood between the two highly disparate countries and cultures. Despite a generally positive critical response, the film never maintained enough lasting acclaim to propel it into mainstream awards status, and the score for the film by Cliff Eidelman likewise faded into immediate obscurity. For Eidelman, An American Rhapsody represented a return to the big screen that many of his listeners had been awaiting for three years. His previous feature film score and album release of his work was for One True Thing in 1998, and since that time, Eidelman had been occupying his time with obscure television and concert pieces. Unflattering rumors as to why Eidelman had been left out of the opportunity to score a mainstream film abounded at the time, and some scoffed at the small scale of An American Rhapsody. Nevertheless, the composer was back, and his touch for intimate, emotional writing with a moderate orchestral ensemble had not been lost in that time. The story of An American Rhapsody called for yet another introverted type of score from Eidelman, a common event for a man who, in the 1990's, had become best known for achieving such scores with smaller budgets and restricted ensembles. In the case of An American Rhapsody, the orchestral ensemble is of limited size, though the style of writing doesn't need the group to be any larger. Eidelman explained at the time that his intent with the flow of this score was to simply follow the internalized, emotional rollercoaster of the film. Thus, there is no dominant theme or motif with which to easily identify this entire work, and while the music is functional in its general constructs, it is ultimately frightfully anonymous.



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Total Time: 55:19
• 1. Main Title (The Iron Fist) (2:47)
• 2. Hungarian Child at Play (1:02)
• 3. A Heartfelt Goodbye (2:16)
• 4. Struggling for the Baby (1:51)
• 5. The Old House (1:53)
• 6. The Escape (1:30)
• 7. Eyes Set Toward America (1:31)
• 8. Vienna (2:09)
• 9. Baby Left Behind (2:14)
• 10. Aftermath (2:28)
• 11. Suzanne Arrives in America (2:00)
• 12. Remembering Another Life (3:09)
• 13. A Loving Return (1:18)
• 14. The Family Tragedy (2:22)
• 15. There Was an Iron Fist (2:33)
• 16. Never Forget (1:02)
• 17. Journey Back Home (1:54)
• 18. Where I Belong (2:37)
• 19. An American Rhapsody (3:40)
• 20. Sino Moi - traditional (5:46)
• 21. Phari Mamo - traditional (4:59)
• 22. Jaj Istenen - traditional (4:08)

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The insert includes a grammatically confusing note from Eidelman on otherwise sparse packaging.
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