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Frankie Starlight
(1995)
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Orchestrated and Produced by:
Emilie A. Bernstein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 7th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are enamored with tender, heartfelt small-ensemble scores rich with melody and/or Elmer Bernstein's trademark use of the ondes martenot.

Avoid it... if you've found little to excite you from Bernstein's low-key dramatic works of the late 1980's and 1990's.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,223
WRITTEN 6/24/97, REVISED 4/23/06
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Frankie Starlight: (Elmer Bernstein) Not even all the mysticism in the stars could save Frankie Starlight from total anonymity. Based on "The Dork of Cork" by Chet Raymo, the adaptation for the big screen by Raymo and Ronan O'Leary was an anticipated arthouse film released during the awards season in late 1995. Michael Linday-Hogg's film meanders through decades in the lives of a dwarf and his mother, with the modern-day dwarf, a successful but reclusive author, serving out the tale in flashback format. A voice-over narrative tells of the mother's journey from France during World War II to Ireland, where she gives birth to the illegitimate dwarf, and the two eventually settle in Texas, where the dwarf becomes the author and narrator. Woven throughout the film is the dwarf's interest in amateur astronomy, and the constellations are used to draw connections between the seemingly random circumstances of life. The messages work to some degree in Frankie Starlight, but many of the connections are missed, and for a number of reasons, the film failed. Foremost in criticism was the performance of French La Femme Nikita star Anne Parillaud, whose unexpressive performance as the mother left her entire storyline flat. Matt Dillon's fake Southern accent didn't help much, either. But the most problematic aspect of Frankie Starlight was the lack of cohesion between the lessons of the stars and the lessons of life, leaving the film with plenty of spectacular, singular moments, but no overarching connectivity. Aiding in many of the individual moments is a delightfully simple score by veteran composer Elmer Bernstein, who had decided to shed his reputation for scoring comedies in favor of projects with the genuine drama of Frankie Starlight. His score for the film seems, on the surface, to mirror the simplicity of the plot's message, though Bernstein kicks in just enough variation to provide a stellar effort.



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147 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.14 Stars
***** 31 5 Stars
**** 36 4 Stars
*** 32 3 Stars
** 20 2 Stars
* 28 1 Stars
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - April 7, 2012, at 2:42 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 37:04
• 1. From My Window - performed by Belinda Pigeon (3:36)
• 2. Moon (Main Title) (2:23)
• 3. Windows and Memories (1:39)
• 4. Hashback (1:43)
• 5. Visions (2:33)
• 6. A New Life (1:01)
• 7. Jack and Bernadette (3:46)
• 8. Emma's Revenge (2:41)
• 9. At Play (1:09)
• 10. Wild Ride (1:35)
• 11. Rooftops and Starlight (2:00)
• 12. Release (2:18)
• 13. In Paris (1:56)
• 14. Farewells (1:39)
• 15. Proposal (2:42)
• 16. Roofdance (End Credits) (4:03)

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