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The Clearing
(2004)
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Composed, Performed, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Matt Dunkley

Co-Produced by:
David Donaldson
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 29th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if the depressing, ambient score was of interest to you in the film itself, for the music will offer little intrigue or dramatic satisfaction for most album listeners.

Avoid it... if you are expecting a continuation of the more emotionally engaging suspense writing that you heard from Craig Armstrong in The Bone Collector or The Quiet American.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,254
WRITTEN 7/31/04, REVISED 10/17/11
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The Clearing: (Craig Armstrong) Appearances by actor Robert Redford on the big screen were becoming a rare event in the 2000's, with two full years of non-activity before leading the cast of The Clearing. The directorial debut of film producer Pieter Jan Brugge, the 2004 film has an the all-star cast rounded out by Willem Dafoe and Helen Mirren, and its gripping appeal relies solely upon their performances in the twist-filled plot to maintain audience interest in it. For much of its running time, The Clearing is your standard kidnapping film, although it attempts to distinguish itself by revealing several sudden surprises of character substance rather than being a psychological conversational piece. It's about as glum as one could imagine in regards to any tale based upon a tragic real-life event, and one has to wonder why anybody would want to witness it for 90 minutes. Not surprisingly, audiences and critics were largely unmoved by the film, typically finding the characters too remote to care about and thus remaining emotionally distanced from them. In the end, what had at one time been considered a significant Oscar favorite for its year was largely forgotten just a few weeks after its awkward summer release. In his previous productions (Heat and The Insider, among others), Jan Brugge had been involved in projects that utilized a wide range of composers and sometimes unconventional approaches to their soundtracks in general. Australia-based Craig Armstrong was working his way into the genre of thrillers in the early 2000's despite being attached most notably to projects such as Moulin Rouge and Love Actually. His work for both The Bone Collector and The Quiet American was masterful at combining suspense with dramatic weight and a touch of modernism in the synthetic realm. But none of that engaging kind of material is to be heard in The Clearing, for which Armstrong toned back his usual ensemble and attempted a more personal, ambient approach, even though many of the same basic ingredients typical to Armstrong's work remain present. At the heart of his music is the piano, often performed by Armstrong himself, and once again, The Clearing is a piano-centered work with Armstrong as the primary performer on both that instrument and the standard array of electronics.



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Alternative review of The Clearing at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - August 31, 2004, at 6:26 a.m.
1 comment  (2239 views)
Would've agreed when I first got it, but now. . .
Jockolantern - August 1, 2004, at 5:29 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 55:15
• 1. The Clearing Main Theme - Solo Violin (1:20)
• 2. Arnold Gets Dressed (1:23)
• 3. Arnold On His Way (1:47)
• 4. Wayne, Please Don't Be Late (1:00)
• 5. Arnold Kidnaps Wayne (1:27)
• 6. The Clearing Main Theme - Solo Piano (2:45)
• 7. The Journey Into the Forest (2:09)
• 8. A Cigarette Break (1:50)
• 9. Do You Know Louise Miller? (1:32)
• 10. Have Always Had That Mustache (2:24)
• 11. I Love My Wife (2:33)
• 12. Tim Yells at Fuller (2:22)
• 13. Wayne's Cell Phone Rings (1:36)
• 14. I Love Him and She Admires Him (1:28)
• 15. At the Stream (5:43)
• 16. It's Blood (1:48)
• 17. Wayne Makes a Run For It (2:09)
• 18. She's on the Move (2:53)
• 19. Stop Here Please (0:53)
• 20. You Need a Sign of Life (5:38)
• 21. Don't Forget the Trash (1:43)
• 22. The Interrogation (1:45)
• 23. Wayne's Murder (0:45)
• 24. I Have Everything I Need (3:14)
• 25. The Clearing Main Theme - Orchestral Version (3:08)

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