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Exotica
(1994)
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Composed and Produced by:

Ghazal Composed For by:
Bal Swaroop Rahi
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Varèse Sarabande
(February 14th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you've always appreciated Mychael Danna's incorporation of Middle Eastern and East Indian elements into his scores, and would be curious to hear how they merge with Western strip club styles.

Avoid it... if Danna's plethora of whimsically-mixed ethnic vocals and instrumentation creates a fantasy world too disturbingly surreal and atmospheric for your tastes.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #771
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 5/13/07
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Exotica: (Mychael Danna) Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan was rising quickly through the ranks in the early 1990's, leading to the almost unanimously praised Exotica in 1994. Awarded with much hype at that year's Cannes Film Festival, the Egoyan project would build upon ideas in his The Adjuster story from a few years earlier and bring much of his cast and crew with him. The beauty of Exotica (if you could call it that) is its ability to tell its incongruent story lines, jumping across location and time with whimsy, while bringing all of those lines together with a stunning moment of clarity at the end of the picture. Films have attempted to do this for years, but Exotica is a remarkable success in its tightly woven plot. Perhaps the most intriguing element of the film is that it conveys the stories of overlapping personal tragedies against the backdrop of a strip joint, using its flashy central setting to give the film an erotic tilt without using that element as a significant part of the overarching plot. From the perspective of composer Mychael Danna, an artist yet to convincingly burst into the arthouse film music genre for a few more years to come, Exotica was a film in need of music addressing both the basic carnal sounds of the strip club as well as the highly inflective tragedy of the story. He further complicates his own job by curiously taking the score down familiar Middle Eastern paths explored elsewhere in his career. Despite the strip club's location in Toronto, Danna uses the lustful settings of the East within some of the club's acts to justify the incorporation of his extreme knowledge of Middle Eastern instruments and vocals into the score.



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Not an Oud, but a shenai
JPJohn - March 4, 2008, at 5:25 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 49:41
• 1. Exotica (3:43)
• 2. Something Hidden (2:46)
• 3. Dilko Tamay Huay (5:26)
• 4. Field 1, Field 2 (2:28)
• 5. Pagan Song (3:43)
• 6. The Kiss (1:33)
• 7. Inside Me (4:31)
• 8. My Angel (1:33)
• 9. A Little Touch (3:23)
• 10. Field 3 (3:14)
• 11. Snake Dance (6:04)
• 12. Field 4 (2:15)
• 13. Mujay Yaad (5:07)
• 14. The Ride Home (3:54)

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The film won the International Critics' Prize at the 1994 Cannes. Much of the score was recorded in Bombay, India. The insert includes no extra information about the score or film.
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