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Gattaca
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Michael Nyman

"Twelve Fingered" Piano Solos by:
Ryan Dorin
Michael Lang
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Virgin Records America
(October 21st, 1997)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
Awards
AWARDS
Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... only if you have both seen the movie and are familiar with Michael Nyman's distinctly minimalistic classical style for film.

Avoid it... if you expect a traditional science-fiction or suspense score to vividly extend the imagination of the film rather than simply match its dull colors.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #359
WRITTEN 10/25/97, REVISED 3/11/08
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Gattaca: (Michael Nyman) Frightening in the realistic possibilities that its script presents about the future of DNA alteration in our children, Gattaca is a surprisingly interesting thriller. First-time director Andrew Niccol creates a world where "normally conceived" people are discriminated against and cannot achieve the jobs and status of "DNA-altered babies." A natural person, played by Ethan Hawke, cannot fulfill his dream of working at the futuristic Gattaca Aerospace Corporation because his DNA indicates that he has a higher chance of suffering in the future from a heart condition. But since he's ambitious, he buys the identity of a paralyzed Jude Law, whose DNA is immaculate, and he perpetuates his secret until a murder investigation eventually threatens to expose him. Meanwhile, he attempts to maintain a restrained and distant love affair with a fellow scientist played by Uma Thurman, and while Thurman and Hawke would make a real life Hollywood couple, their chemistry in Gattaca was a weaker part of the production. By contrast, the film's distinct color filters, accentuating the cold ambience of the future, is one of the movie's best attributes, and composer Michael Nyman's score matches this chilling effect with precision. Nyman's minimalistic classical style had hit Hollywood's mainstream with The Piano and, in so doing, he managed to beat the similarly-writing Philip Glass to the scene by a few years. Both Glass and Nyman would receive career boosts in 1997, with Gattaca enjoying a Golden Globe nomination and Glass' Kundun extending that success to an Oscar nomination. While there are indeed differences in the general style of the two composers, many traditional film music collectors may write them both off due to their tendency to avoid the usual techniques used by composers in Hollywood. Nyman's work for Gattaca is typically flowing and free-floating, failing to adhere to sharp synchronization points and instead allowing an overarching mood to be created by the soft textures of his writing.



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VIEWER RATINGS
1,016 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.14 Stars
***** 269 5 Stars
**** 138 4 Stars
*** 237 3 Stars
** 219 2 Stars
* 153 1 Stars
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COMMENTS
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This is one of the best scores of all time
Kish - October 19, 2011, at 3:42 p.m.
1 comment  (824 views)
Sidenote...
Jerry Bagel - January 22, 2008, at 7:45 a.m.
1 comment  (1540 views)
It's moving.
M - October 12, 2007, at 4:07 p.m.
1 comment  (2004 views)
A lack of understanding
Trimen - October 8, 2006, at 3:03 p.m.
1 comment  (2334 views)
Themes
Jack - June 20, 2006, at 1:50 a.m.
1 comment  (2196 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 55:10
• 1. The Morrow (3:12)
• 2. God's Hands (1:39)
• 3. The One Moment (1:38)
• 4. Traces (0:58)
• 5. The Arrival (3:49)
• 6. Becoming Jerome (1:04)
• 7. Call Me Eugene (1:21)
• 8. A Borrowed Ladder (1:46)
• 9. Furth and Further (2:40)
• 10. Not the Only One (2:09)
• 11. Second Morrow (2:22)
• 12. Impromptu for 12 Fingers - written by Franz Schubert (2:54)
• 13. The Crossing (1:20)
• 14. It Must Be Light (1:19)
• 15. Only a Matter of Time (1:07)
• 16. I Thought You Wanted to Dance (1:08)
• 17. Irene's Theme (1:07)
• 18. Yourself for the Day (2:16)
• 19. Up Stairs (1:57)
• 20. Now That You're Here (2:41)
• 21. The Truth (2:13)
• 22. The Other Side (3:40)
• 23. The Departure (3:49)
• 24. Irene and The Morrow (5:43)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains no extra information about the film or score. The web address for Michael Nyman given in the insert was always incorrect. It was redirected to two different sites in the next four years, both of which are now out of service.
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