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The Fountain
(2006)
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Composed and Produced by:
Clint Mansell

Additional Music by:
Stuart Braithwaite
Dominic Aitchison

Orchestrated by:
Justin Skomarovsky

Performed by:
The Kronos Quartet
Mogwai
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Nonesuch Records
(November 21st, 2006)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... only if you are a dedicated fan of impressionistic scores and/or appreciated this score's minimalistic, repetitive constructs in the film itself.

Avoid it... if you expect your journey to spiritual enlightenment to include intellectual complexity, harmonic resonance, or satisfying resolution.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #710
WRITTEN 12/30/06
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The Fountain: (Clint Mansell) For people who have nightmares of being reincarnated as a snail, Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain at least reassures you that you've got a shot at being reincarnated as a human similar to yourself. In a desperate effort to be the immediate reincarnation of Stanley Kubrick, Aronofsky uses tantalizing visuals and a fragmented story across a thousand years to explore the same issues as 2001, though with considerably less success. In his effort to span three concurrent parts of the quest for immortality, Aronofsky forgets to make the audience care about anybody actually making that journey in the film. So while the concepts in The Fountain are undoubtedly intriguing examinations of religion and spirituality, the execution of the film failed to such a degree that audiences and critics alike gave the film a resounding thumbs down. Foremost in the criticism of the film is the one-dimensional representation of its characters, people never developed well enough to make you root for them. Also of some controversy is Clint Mansell's score, which tries just as hard as Aronofsky to twist reality and stimulate the minds of arthouse regulars. Ironically, Mansell had just produced his first mainstream score in 2005, and the small group of people who actually listened to Sahara were impressed by its large-scale, orchestral scope and adventurous execution. But Mansell is also the man who brought the extremely popular Requiem for a Dream to a crowd of alternative score listeners eager for extensions to the sounds of impressionist composers Michael Nyman and Philip Glass. For The Fountain, Mansell is essentially attempting to please the same crowd, though he is completely betrayed by his 80's rock band roots.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 46:15
• 1. The Last Man (6:09)
• 2. Holy Dread! (3:52)
• 3. Tree of Life (3:45)
• 4. Stay With Me (3:36)
• 5. Death is a Disease (2:34)
• 6. Xibalba (5:23)
• 7. First Snow (3:09)
• 8. Finish It (4:25)
• 9. Death is the Road to Awe (8:26)
• 10. Together We Will Live Forever (5:02)

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