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Golden Gate
(1994)
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Conducted by:
Jonathan Sheffer

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai

Produced by:
Matthias Gohl
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 1st, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek to complete your Elliot Goldenthal collection with a restrained, but mostly accessible, multi-cultural romance score.

Avoid it... if you prefer your Goldenthal music to be wildly inventive and instrumentally challenging from start to finish.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,397
WRITTEN 7/13/03, REVISED 3/27/09
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Golden Gate: (Elliot Goldenthal) Critically assaulted and popularly ignored, Golden Gate told the story of a law school graduate in the early 1960's who is assigned by the FBI to root out communist elements in the Chinese community of the controversially liberal San Francisco. The new agent (Matt Dillon) becomes divided, however, when he falls in love with a Chinese shopowner's daughter (Joan Chen), and the struggle of loyalties leads the agent down the road to his own destruction (with the film ending on an ultimate, somber note). The film's hideous presentation of a shallow plot was countered by beautiful cinematography of San Francisco itself, so although the environment of tension and drama in the story presented difficult choices for any composer to contend with, the scenery was considerably more inspiring. The doomed love affair and grand locale offered Elliot Goldenthal an opportunity to do something that was, in retrospect, quite rare in his career: write longing romance music. The film's wrestling with subversion and forbidden love allowed Goldenthal to compose for the romance, however, using his comfortable feel for brooding attitudes. Experiencing his first taste of mainstream success by 1994, with both Alien 3 and Demolition Man under his belt, the composer began receiving offers for a wider variety of films. Most casual listeners recall Goldenthal's other efforts in that productive year, including Cobb and the Academy Award nominated Interview with the Vampire. His first project of that year, however, coming straight off of Demolition Man, was the little know Golden Gate. It would be the only collaboration between Goldenthal and acclaimed director John Madden (who is best known for his later films with the music of Stephen Warbeck), and the project would die in obscurity for both. Still, the music for Golden Gate, despite its interludes into Goldenthal's more typical realm of avant garde experimentation, contains harmonically accessible material that makes it among his easiest listening experiences.

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Average: 2.77 Stars
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A Good Starter Score
Corey Caudill - August 8, 2003, at 10:00 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 34:53
• 1. Golden Gate (3:35)
• 2. Woman Cries (3:33)
• 3. Between Bridge and Water (1:54)
• 4. Tender Deception (3:34)
• 5. Bopathonix Hex (2:48)
• 6. Woman Warrior (2:30)
• 7. Softest Heat (3:45)
• 8. Moon Watches (1:43)
• 9. Whisper Dance (1:51)
• 10. Kwan Ying (2:47)
• 11. Motel Street Meltdown (1:24)
• 12. Judgment on Mason Street (2:03)
• 13. Write It as Time (0:28)
• 14. Between Bridge and Sky (2:51)

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