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The Emperor's Club
(2002)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 26th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release, though out of print as of 2007.
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Buy it... if a series of smooth and pleasant carbon copies of Thomas Newman's rhythms and Rachel Portman's melodies appeals to your romantic sensibilities.

Avoid it... if you are more in tune with the distinctly refreshing musical styles heard in James Newton Howard's action and horror efforts of the same era.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,113
WRITTEN 9/25/03, REVISED 2/27/09
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The Emperor's Club: (James Newton Howard) Studios still apparently thought in 2002 that audiences hadn't quenched their thirst for the "college teacher with underachieving students" formula of the previous few decades, with Stand and Deliver, Mr. Holland's Opus, and, most notably, Dead Poet's Society all building on a redundant idea. For The Emperor's Club, actor Kevin Kline sheds the comedic light of his teaching role in In & Out in favor of a Robin Williams-like performance of inspiration at the Ivy League level. Director Michael Hoffman's mirroring of many of the same moral dilemmas as had been seen in the aforementioned films before, as well as a seemingly endless supply of misbehaving youth in the classroom, caused the film to suffer the cold shoulder of many audiences. With A Beautiful Mind also leaving an ill taste of Ivy League campuses at the time, The Emperor's Club, despite Kline's talents, fell away from mainstream attention almost immediately. Everything seemed too familiar about the project, including James Newton Howard's predictable score. Howard's mainstream works were mostly oriented towards the action or horror genres at the time, with The Emperor's Club squeezed in between popular effective work for Signs and Treasure Planet. It seems in retrospect that The Emperor's Club was the odd film out, with a score composed perhaps with haste and more likely with too much attention paid to the temp track that was likely used during the film's production. If you believe that composers really can effectively produce music exactly like the temp track (and it is by no means out of bounds to say that Hoffman and/or the producers had a distinct sound in mind), then you will realize quickly upon listening to The Emperor's Club that the filmmakers had The Cider House Rules and Scent of a Woman in mind. So distinct are the similarities between Howard's workmanlike score and the 1990's drama music of Thomas Newman, Rachel Portman, and, to a lesser extent, Jerry Goldsmith, that anybody not already at peace with John Debney's prolific career of such imitation projects will likely find Howard's venture into the same territory to be startlingly alarming at worst and mildly dismaying at best.



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Average: 3.1 Stars
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Nicolas Rodriguez Quiles - November 25, 2004, at 12:55 p.m.
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JN Howard lurches along without direction or spunk   Expand >>
Antonio - March 22, 2004, at 8:37 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 29:19
• 1. Main Title (2:17)
• 2. Teaching Montage (2:38)
• 3. Hundert Remembers (2:39)
• 4. Quiz Montage (2:20)
• 5. The Big Test (1:25)
• 6. Hundert Quits (2:56)
• 7. 25 Years Later (2:30)
• 8. Elizabeth (1:29)
• 9. Sedgewick's Father (1:18)
• 10. Confronting Sedgewick (2:08)
• 11. Hundert Comes Clean (2:41)
• 12. The Toast (2:36)
• 13. Young Martin Blythe (2:16)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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