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Angel
(2007)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Philippe Rombi

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Colosseum Records
(April 17th, 2007)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
European commercial release, available on CD to the U.S. market as an import for about $30. Colosseum's American sister company, Varèse Sarabande, has offered an MP3 purchase option through Amazon.com.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the thematic grace and instrumental sentimentality of the Golden Age's romances and/or the flowing styles of Georges Delerue's more recent equivalents.

Avoid it... if the undeniably powerful dramatic appeal of the score's opening cue cannot compensate for a remaining score that relies far more on bright innocence and uncontrolled bursts of charm.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #889
WRITTEN 1/18/08
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Angel: (Philippe Rombi) From a novel by author Elizabeth Taylor comes the inspiration for Angel, the second English-language film by French director Francois Ozon. In many ways a throwback to the grand romances of Hollywood's Golden Age, Angel also features a wider range of sensibilities that would seem to attract attention from modern arthouse crowds. The story follows the life of young author Angel Deverell, whose force of will leads the audience on a journey from the imaginative aspirations of her youth all the way through her eventual death. A fierce personality for Angel and the story's willingness to toss in a tart now and then provide the film with spicy interest. Angel marks the fifth collaboration (since 2003) between Ozon and young French composer Philippe Rombi, who has shown the talent and promise of an international career that is yet unrealized. Without a doubt, Angel is the biggest spectacle to come out of Rombi's career as of yet, contributing to a belief that he very well could be an extension of (or replacement for) the late master of French romanticism, Georges Delerue. In many ways, Angel will be an absolute delight for fans of Delerue, mostly due to Rombi's unashamed, lyrical devotion to his three themes for the film. The same sweeping, dramatic spirit that Delerue drew from the Golden Age of film scoring and infused into 1970's and 80's dramas and comedies is clearly evident in Rombi's music for Angel, and so refreshing is a return to this sound that the score is among the best of 2007. Rombi's surprisingly loyal interpolation of the sounds of Max Steiner, Frank Skinner, and other industry standards of the 1940's and 50's was a clear direction given by Ozon, who specifically used Skinner's music as a temp track during the production of the film. Rombi proves his credentials in understanding the technicalities of structure and instrumentation from the era, very well reproducing the sound while also sharpening the edges to suit both the melancholy aspects of the story as well as the expectations of modern listeners.



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VIEWER RATINGS
392 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.96 Stars
***** 187 5 Stars
**** 97 4 Stars
*** 48 3 Stars
** 29 2 Stars
* 31 1 Stars
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One of the best scores of '07   Expand >>
Nic - May 26, 2008, at 6:44 p.m.
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Newest: August 10, 2009, at 11:59 a.m. by
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Alternate review of Angel at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - February 14, 2008, at 4:00 p.m.
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Angel on CD at Amazon
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 68:57
• 1. The Real Life of Angel Deverell (Main Theme) (2:28)
• 2. Overture (2:56)
• 3. Paradise Theme (2:44)
• 4. Angel's Theme (4:23)
• 5. Inspiration (2:23)
• 6. The Publisher (3:47)
• 7. London (0:40)
• 8. Norley (1:18)
• 9. Success (1:20)
• 10. Crowning Moment (1:07)
• 11. A Gift from Paradise (4:24)
• 12. Nora (1:12)
• 13. Visit to Esme (1:04)
• 14. Jealousy (2:38)
• 15. Mother's Death (1:58)
• 16. Marry Me (1:36)
• 17. The Portrait/Honey Moon (1:54)
• 18. Together in Paradise (2:55)
• 19. The War (3:23)
• 20. Alone in Paradise (4:13)
• 21. In the Name of Love (3:04)
• 22. Esme's Death (2:05)
• 23. Angelica (3:55)
• 24. Silky Boy (1:10)
• 25. Angel's Death (4:56)
• 26. The Dreamed Life of Angel Deverell (2:17)
• 27. Angel's Theme (Alternate) (3:19)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from the director (in both French and English) about the score and film.
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