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Gods and Monsters
(1998)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated , Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Sonny Kompanek
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RCA Victor/BMG
(November 10th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you fully understand the reasons why Carter Burwell expresses such sadness and respect in this occasionally warm but depressing and highly restrained score.

Avoid it... if you have no tolerance for scores that intentionally leave their melodic structures unresolved and their instrumental layers in slight discord, both techniques meant to accentuate the feeling of loss in this intimate story.
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Gods and Monsters: (Carter Burwell) There had long been lingering questions about the end of filmmaker James Whale's life in 1957, speculation ranging from an accident to a homicide, but it was eventually revealed that the creator of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein committed suicide by drowning in his swimming pool. After his successful career was proven over in the 1950's, a series of strokes, depression spurred by traumatic events in his life, and turmoil caused by his homosexuality all combined to encourage him towards this unfortunate end. The 1998 film Gods and Monsters adapts Christopher Bram's novel, "Father of Frankenstein," in an effort to flesh out a partly fictional, partly non-fictional account of Whales' final encounters. Ian McKellen plays Whales in decline, the trials of his life told through flashbacks, while Lynn Redgrave remains his loyal maid, and both of these performers were nominated for Academy Awards for their portrayals. Whales' homosexuality becomes an issue once again in his waning days when he befriends the gardener of his estate, a former soldier and a straight man played by Brendan Fraser. Their relationship is the focus of the film's action in the present, the younger man used to soften the blow of the older man's destruction. Aside from the strong acting and script, several loyal recreations of Whales' movies are the highlights of Gods and Monsters. Still, the film was destined to be one that appeals to an art house crowd, and ignoring the awards recognition and immense critical acclaim were audiences, who did not assist the production in recouping its costs. Director Bill Condon had been impressed with Carter Burwell's music for the Coen Brothers' films and wagered that the composer's trademark mannerisms for gloomy yet optimistic drama, symbolized by Fargo, would be a good fit for Gods and Monsters. Despite his recent mainstream success, Burwell accepted the assignment and was instructed by Condon to follow the lead set by the music of Franz Waxman for the famous Whales films. Specifically, that meant a sense of restraint, mystery, anticipation, and, most importantly, a lack of resolution. Burwell accomplished this directive surprisingly well, leading to a collaboration with Condon that would pave the way for the composer's return to the Twilight franchise in 2011. In the interim, Burwell wrote Being John Malkovich, considered by many of his collectors to be the stylistic sister score to Gods and Monsters.



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Average: 3.09 Stars
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Total Time: 33:35
• 1. Arise, Clay (2:34)
• 2. Dripping (1:20)
• 3. Ashes (1:15)
• 4. Refreshments (1:02)
• 5. Unshrouding (1:28)
• 6. Love in the Trenches (2:35)
• 7. The Bride (0:26)
• 8. Lucky Man (0:34)
• 9. Watch Me Dive (3:18)
• 10. Gas Masks On (0:30)
• 11. Frankenwhale (1:54)
• 12. Soldier in the Rain (0:46)
• 13. Barnett on the Wire (4:24)
• 14. Return to the Trenches (1:25)
• 15. Wrestling the Monster (4:27)
• 16. Last Swim (2:50)
• 17. Friend? (2:00)

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The insert includes a long note from the director about the film and score, as well as a shorter one from the producers.
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