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Apt Pupil
(1998)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Larry Groupé

Co-Orchestrated by:
Frank Macchia
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
RCA Victor
(October 13th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2001.
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Buy it... if you're eager for one of John Ottman's most intellectual efforts to combine brute, orchestral force and clever, troubling undercurrents.

Avoid it... if you seek music as elegantly grandiose as the score's famously dramatic title theme (as also heard on the composer's Cruel Intentions compilation).
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,168
WRITTEN 9/11/03, REVISED 4/4/09
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Apt Pupil: (John Ottman) One of the more obscure collaborations between director Bryan Singer and composer/editor John Ottman, Apt Pupil was adapted from the same collection of Stephen King novellas as Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption. Its disturbing, contemporary tale involves a teenage boy who discovers that an elderly man who lives near him (named Dussander) is actually a Nazi SS officer in hiding. In return for keeping the old man's secret, the boy oddly forces him to recount the glory of the Third Reich. The two manipulate each other in a cat and mouse game of psychological enticement, with the film often fading back to scenes of 1941 horrors and exploring disturbing images involving torture and death. Ottman's specific involvement with the picture was first and foremost that of an editor, for it is this duty that Singer had employed of Ottman first. The project had proven difficult for Ottman given time constraints and a decision to take the editing process digital halfway through the endeavor. By the time Ottman reached the time to compose the score, his energy had been drained, and it was by the mere luck of a midnight thematic inspiration that the title theme for Apt Pupil was born. The score's role in the film would be even more complex than in any of Ottman's other sophisticated assignments. Not only did the dark and romantic elements dear to Ottman's heart play their parts, but the score would also have to elegantly raise the terror of the Holocaust in such a way as to seem almost attractive to casual ears. A militaristic edge was necessary for Dussander's glorious recollections, and an elevated magnitude of grandeur was called upon to explain the boy's (and the audience's) fascination with the man's life. Thus, Ottman's usual, often understated themes of clever complexity would have to be integrated into a scheme that could explode with power of historical depth when called upon. The intellectual horror in Apt Pupil was completely different from the stock, Urban Legends: Final Cut variety. To this end, Ottman's achievement for Apt Pupil is an admirable success.



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**** 50 4 Stars
*** 53 3 Stars
** 43 2 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 45:30
• 1. Phoenix Pictures Presents (0:18)
• 2. Main Titles (3:25)
• 3. "I'm Busy" (1:03)
• 4. The Chamber (1:38)
• 5. The Stories*** (2:48)
• 6. The Speech (2:06)
• 7. "I want to hear about it" (1:54)
• 8. Playing with Fire (2:04)
• 9. Cat Bake* (1:37)
• 10. It Never Goes Away (2:14)
• 11. The Tables Turn (2:45)
• 12. Rite of Passage (1:51)
• 13. Curiosity (1:29)
• 14. An Ailing Heart (2:52)
• 15. Cleaning Up (1:04)
• 16. Recognition (2:54)
• 17. A Question of Power (2:13)
• 18. Fowl Play (1:09)
• 19. Extradition (4:38)
• 20. An Apt Pupil (0:50)
• 21. End Titles (2:36)
• 22. Das ist Berlin** (1:38)
* "Cat Dance" portion composed by Larry Groupé
** written by Leo Leux, Matthias Hen, Hans Hannes and Bruno Balz, and performed by Liane and the Boheme Bar Trio
*** missing track on packaging (originally track 8)

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The insert includes a note from the director about the score.
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