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Grey Gardens
(2009)
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Conducted by:
David Snell

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian

Produced by:
Stewart Lerman

Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(May 5th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Emmy Award.
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Buy it... if your nostalgia for Rachel Portman's broad strokes of romance from the 1990's sends you searching for every new variation of that sound in existence, even if it only lasts here for a few minutes.

Avoid it... if you expect Portman to challenge herself with any deviating stylistic exploration in this highly predictable, but still affable work.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,745
WRITTEN 7/5/09
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Grey Gardens: (Rachel Portman) Few in the younger generations will recall the fascinating story of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Little Edie, relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis whose lives of codependence and nostalgia left them as one of the most lasting memories from America's tale of Camelot. From their impressive Hamptons estate, the Beale family was a foremost part of aristocracy in the first half of the 20th Century. But as that estate fell apart in the 1960's and 70's, the surviving mother and daughter lived a life of desperate isolation in their decaying mansion, hassled by health inspectors and living in absolute squalor even as Jackie Onassis continued to financially support their ghostly lifestyle. Two documentary filmmakers stumbled upon them while investigating Onassis' family, and after much coaxing, the women allowed themselves to be the subject of an entire 1975 documentary film. Hailed as a classic, this documentary has inspired several books, a stage play, and even a Broadway musical through the years, and it is the subject of a highly acclaimed HBO production that aired on the channel in April of 2009. Director, producer, and co-screenwriter Michael Sucsy painstakingly recreated the circumstances of the documentary, even including the filmmakers as characters and re-shooting the older footage as faithfully as possible. Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange are aged through 40 years of the story, earning significant praise in the process. In fact, there has been speculation that had Grey Gardens been released theatrically instead of on television, it could have earned a few Oscar nominations. Another high profile name attached to the project is Rachel Portman, whose productivity in feature film scores has diminished throughout the 2000's as she has concentrated on raising her family. In the second half of the decade, she has primarily taken assignments that may seem odd on the surface but do actually have feminine undercurrents in their plots (stories concentrating on strong or at least intriguing female characters seem to lure her to her piano to write). None of the material she has produced during this time has been particularly groundbreaking for the composer. After a few ventures into more varied genres in the early 2000's, Portman has fit comfortably in a place that reminds listeners of her most familiar stylistic tendencies of the height of her career in the 1990's.



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Average: 2.93 Stars
***** 24 5 Stars
**** 32 4 Stars
*** 39 3 Stars
** 35 2 Stars
* 28 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 39:55
• 1. Virginia Military Institute Song (traditional) (1:00)
• 2. Little Edie on Chair (2:45)
• 3. Love is Divine (1:21)
• 4. Edie Come Home (2:23)
• 5. Cements the Deal (1:14)
• 6. Nobody Stuck Anybody Anywhere (2:14)
• 7. Wedding Jewels (3:26)
• 8. I Might Have (1:23)
• 9. Extraordinary Determination (1:11)
• 10. Your Father's Died (0:57)
• 11. Feet First (2:52)
• 12. Invite You In for Tea (2:15)
• 13. She Was Gorgeous (1:40)
• 14. We Belong Together* (1:08)
• 15. I Won't Dance* (1:14)
• 16. We Belong Together** (1:41)
• 17. Young Edie in NYC (0:38)
• 18. Raid (1:57)
• 19. This Will Be Better (2:30)
• 20. All the Luck in the World/Love is Divine (2:11)
• 21. Trust Has Run Out (1:13)
• 22. Long Leash (0:54)
• 23. Tea For Two*** (1:29)
* performed by Jessica Lange & Malcolm Gets
** performed by Jessica Lange
*** performed by Drew Barrymore

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