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Harrison's Flowers
(2002)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Penka Kouneva
Paul Henning
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 12th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release, though out of print as of 2007.
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Buy it... only if you're prepared for an appropriately mind-numbing and subdued, but effectively dramatic string and piano-dominated score of introversion.

Avoid it... if you require your melodramatic love and war story film scores to exhibit an outwardly engaging and convincingly emotional personality.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #791
WRITTEN 4/5/02, REVISED 2/27/09
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Harrison's Flowers: (Cliff Eidelman) Few motion pictures can truly capture the most brutal aspects of war, and while Harrison's Flowers has a few structural problems within its narrative, it certainly paints an appropriately grim picture of the war between the Serbs and Croats in the early 1990's. The story of Elie Chouraqui's film involves the emotional and psychological perils about the reporting of war around the world (and how it can affect those close to journalists when they go missing in war torn areas). In this case, the wife of a journalist, a photographer herself, decides to pursue her missing husband into the former Yugoslavia, not only drawing a sense of conclusion about her marriage but also witnessing some of the worst that human behavior has to offer. The somber subject matter is eventually overshadowed by the fact that it is also a romantic love story, albeit set in horrific circumstances. A French film that debuted in Europe more than a year before its opening in America, Harrison's Flowers suffered from the circumstances of studio legalities and Universal Focus was forced to replace the film's original score written by Bruno Coulais. Chosen to rescore the film was Cliff Eidelman, whose job was to capture both the devastating setting of war while also reflecting a sense of hope that endures in the love story. After a few years of sustaining a career on smaller compositional and conducting assignments, Eidelman had been attempting to work his way back into the mainstream of film scoring in the early 2000's. The previous year's An American Rhapsody marked his first feature film score after two years, and 2002's Harrison's Flowers was his first large scale project in roughly five years. Instead of heading to the extremes of either war or passion, Eidelman chose to tackle the task by providing a steady and consistent score on safe middle ground. The sequences of war are not treated with overbearing music; they contain neither fright nor force to conflict with the low key drama of Eidelman's overarching tone. Even the worst of the war's projection on screen is represented by a mellow and subdued meandering of strings and electronic vocals. Both "The Bosnian War" and "Real War" tackle the environment with somber restraint. There's really little that the music does to accentuate the horrors of war above and beyond its contribution to a mind-numbing haze of bleak contemplation. Eidelman uses extremely heavy bass strings and no memorable thematic material to build to false crescendos during the war cues, and this is the extent of the strikingly melodramatic music for Harrison's Flowers.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 36:22
• 1. Harrison's Flowers (1:34)
• 2. Lover's Play (2:11)
• 3. A Lover's Promise (1:27)
• 4. The Bosnian War (2:24)
• 5. The Pulitzer (0:56)
• 6. Lighting the Flame (1:45)
• 7. Pulled Away (1:05)
• 8. Don't Say It (2:05)
• 9. A Dangerous Decision (2:54)
• 10. Real War (3:57)
• 11. A Site of Evil (1:52)
• 12. Courageous Desperation (1:22)
• 13. Sarah and Harrison Alive (5:29)
• 14. Awakened (2:19)
• 15. I Only Photograph Flowers (4:56)

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