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The Bride
(1985)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Maurice Jarre

Performed by:
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(July, 2002)
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The album is a "Limited Collector's Edition" of 1,000 copies and was available only through the label's site or online soundtrack specialty outlets. The label and most of the other outlets sold out of this title within only 10 months. Catalog number: VCL 0702 1013
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Buy it... if you'd be electrified by a superb throwback to the style of classic, melodic Elmer Bernstein and Franz Waxman romances of the Golden Age of film music.

Avoid it... if you aren't acclimated enough to the melodramatic tones of the Golden Age to warrant a search for this rare album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,371
WRITTEN 6/4/03, REVISED 3/21/09
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The Bride: (Maurice Jarre) There have been dozens upon dozens of Frankenstein adaptations to the big screen over the past 80 years, but by the mid-1980's, a while had passed since the last monster thriller involving the famed creature. Columbia Pictures decided at the time that audiences were ready for a modern Frankenstein interpretation, and they as usual wanted it to cater to young, pop-oriented audiences. Thus, they brought two enormously popular stars of the early 1980's onto the project: Sting (Dune) and Jennifer Beals (Flashdance). Unfortunately, these two leads of The Bride had no screen chemistry from the start, both seemingly out of place in an oddly baroque-turned-modern setting. More problematic was the simple fact that the film also failed to do what all Frankenstein stories are supposed to do: scare people. The end result of the film was a pseudo-sequel to the original Mary Shelley tale, and there wasn't enough serious horror or silly playfulness (a la Young Frankenstein) to make The Bride work. As such, the boring film slipped away into obscurity, as did the acting careers of its two stars. Arguably, the only redeeming aspect of the entire project was Maurice Jarre's score. The composer had the musical sensibilities of the era from which Frankenstein films experienced all their glory, though even this juxtaposition between the pop culture appeal of the stars and the almost perpetually flowery Golden Age music in the background was yet another curious aspect of the production. Jarre was still in demand in the mid-1980's, scoring several high profile projects in 1985 alone, including the award-recognized Witness and A Passage to India. His job on The Bride was made all the more difficult by the film's multiple, concurrent storylines and jagged differences in settings. To provide a comprehensive score, Jarre needed to choose a sound that was appropriate enough for all of the aims of the film, bringing the entirety of these elements together under one musical roof. Ironically, while the resulting music is gorgeous, it embodies all the failures of the project as well, mostly relating to a lack of convincingly sustained tension or truly frightening interludes.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 30:57
• 1. The Bride (5:02)
• 2. In the Woods (1:50)
• 3. Rinaldo (1:38)
• 4. Frankenstein (1:18)
• 5. The Jewels (2:01)
• 6. Bela (1:36)
• 7. Eva (2:12)
• 8. Escape (1:50)
• 9. Viktor and Eva (4:59)
• 10. Rinaldo's Death (2:28)
• 11. Frankenstein's Punishment (2:27)
• 12. Together (3:20)

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The limited edition Varèse Sarabande album has its usual standard of excellent, in-depth analysis of the score and film.
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