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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
(2008)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Conrad Pope
Clifford Tasner
Philip Klein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Concord Records
(December 16th, 2008)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you are an established fan of Alexandre Desplat's understatedly dramatic, remarkably intimate, and instrumentally precise style.

Avoid it... if precision in structure, performance, and recording cannot alone sustain music that remains surprisingly cold and distant during its entire length.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #708
WRITTEN 12/26/08
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: (Alexandre Desplat) Author F. Scott Fitzgerald penned this fairy tale in 1922, and it's surprising that the story did not inspire a more successful mainstream film from Hollywood before 2008. The entire lifetime of Benjamin Button would have passed in that time, famously aging in reverse through the majority of the 20th Century. The screenplay by Forrest Gump scribe Eric Roth and direction by the notoriously dark David Fincher take Fitzgerald's idea as only the foundation for an entirely different version of the tale, gathering widespread praise that figures to propel the film favorably into the awards season. Composer Alexandre Desplat, himself gaining steam in America over the 2000's, faced many of the same dilemmas as the make-up artists for the picture, writing music and then manipulating it structurally and emotionally to account for the awkward backwards aging of the title character. A significant expanse of American and world history is covered in the running time of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, allowing the composer to also address that character's ever changing surroundings. The opportunity for creativity in inverted musical constructs was almost limitless for this assignment, and Desplat was indeed keenly aware of writing major and minor key ideas that could be performed in reverse effectively. Another major element in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the concept of time itself, and Desplat addresses this idea with a sense of rhythmic movement that in many ways defines the score. Pacing is extremely important in the work, and collectors of the composer's music will recognize familiar employment of waltz rhythms throughout. Like Forrest Gump, there is an affable sense of innocence to the title character that is also evident in the music; while never as sappy or melodramatic as Alan Silvestri's popular score for the previous character, Desplat does offer Mr. Button a theme that is highly malleable but always rooted in an upbeat attitude that usually conveys a delicate spirit. Outside of a few necessary action sequences, the score for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is surprisingly even tempered, highly consistent in its soft, pleasant variations on the Button and time motifs and rhythms. Fans of the composer will be thrilled by the resulting intimate nature of the score.



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VIEWER RATINGS
960 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.36 Stars
***** 240 5 Stars
**** 238 4 Stars
*** 224 3 Stars
** 148 2 Stars
* 110 1 Stars
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Daisy's Ballet Career!!
Adam Lewis - February 7, 2009, at 11:30 a.m.
1 comment  (1837 views)
I couldn't disagree more
Buddy Hinkley - February 5, 2009, at 11:12 a.m.
1 comment  (1660 views)
overrated!
kharol - January 27, 2009, at 10:32 p.m.
1 comment  (1214 views)
I have to disagree with this review...
Corey - January 19, 2009, at 11:04 a.m.
1 comment  (1140 views)
Clemmenson was pretty much on with the rating
B - December 29, 2008, at 9:54 a.m.
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)   Expand >>
Kino - December 29, 2008, at 2:53 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:59
• 1. Postcards (2:51)
• 2. Mr. Gateau (3:02)
• 3. Meeting Daisy (1:22)
• 4. A New Life (3:39)
• 5. Love in Murmansk (3:53)
• 6. Meeting Again (2:41)
• 7. Mr. Button (2:05)
• 8. Little Man Oti (2:02)
• 9. Alone at Night (2:33)
• 10. It Was Nice to Have Met You (1:43)
• 11. Children's Games (4:10)
• 12. Submarine Attack (2:40)
• 13. The Hummingbird (2:35)
• 14. Sunrise on Lake Pontchartrain (3:33)
• 15. Daisy's Ballet Career (2:03)
• 16. The Accident (2:38)
• 17. Stay Out of My Life (1:44)
• 18. Nothing Lasts (2:54)
• 19. Some Things You Never Forget (4:36)
• 20. Growing Younger (2:14)
• 21. Dying Away (2:58)
• 22. Love Returns (1:44)
• 23. Benjamin and Daisy (2:32)
(a second CD in the album contains only dialogue and source songs)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The digipak packaging includes an extensive pictorial from the film, a list of performers, and a note about the production from Desplat.
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