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The Help
(2011)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
J.A.C. Redford

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 13th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if your love of Thomas Newman's music extends from an appreciation for his ability to maintain beautifully restrained atmospheres that merge soft symphonic grace with slightly exotic rhythmic and solo elements.

Avoid it... if you expect the location and topic of this film to justify the same attitude and melodic appeal of Fried Green Tomatoes, Newman's superior, lasting benchmark in music for America's Deep South.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,463
WRITTEN 9/12/11
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The Help: (Thomas Newman) When author Kathryn Stockett wrote her novel about African American maids laboring through racist conditions in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960's, she initially experienced significant difficulty finding a literary agent. Eventually published in 2009, "The Help" spent 100 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List in the process of selling over five million copies. When the story was adapted to the big screen in 2011, it was met with equally surprising success, topping domestic box office charts for 25 consecutive days. Its translation of a $25 million budget into over $140 million in its first month is an astounding feat for a film of this size and topic, ensuring The Help a strong position for the awards season. What little negative criticism the movie received from critics was sometimes due to disappointment in the adaptation of the novel, though the basic plot elements and historical implications remain. The kind protagonist in The Help is a young white woman who, upon college graduation, decides to write a book documenting the challenges faced by African American housemaids by collecting stories from them. While it takes her a fair amount of time to earn the trust of the maids, the developing Civil Rights movement encourages more of them to contribute to the book without fear of retribution. When the assembly of these stories becomes a success, the royalties are spread between the author and maids, with everyone satisfied about the societal impact of the endeavor. The movie is largely the product of actor-turned-director and screenwriter Tate Taylor, and to assist him in adding another authentic dimension to the Mississippi locations so carefully chosen for the shooting of The Help, he enlisted composer Thomas Newman for the task. Newman has maintained a somewhat lower mainstream profile in the years leading up to The Help, though his reputation for instrumental creativity and a proven knack for capturing the spirit of the Deep South in his music has been known and applauded for decades.



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Average: 3.15 Stars
***** 47 5 Stars
**** 58 4 Stars
*** 63 3 Stars
** 48 2 Stars
* 33 1 Stars
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Where's the gospel?
Azeroth - September 27, 2011, at 2:38 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:22
• 1. Aibilene (3:07)
• 2. Them Fools (2:50)
• 3. Upside-Down Cake (1:23)
• 4. Mississippi (3:49)
• 5. Heart Palpitations (1:44)
• 6. The Help (2:18)
• 7. Jim Crow (1:46)
• 8. Skeeter (1:03)
• 9. Miss Hilly (1:14)
• 10. Write That Down (1:37)
• 11. Bottom of the List (3:23)
• 12. Deviled Eggs (2:03)
• 13. First White Baby (2:00)
• 14. Celia Digs (2:06)
• 15. November 22 (1:12)
• 16. Not to Die (1:28)
• 17. My Son (2:50)
• 18. Trash on the Road (1:37)
• 19. The Terrible Awful (2:57)
• 20. Constantine (4:09)
• 21. Gripping Testimonials (1:32)
• 22. Sugar (1:50)
• 23. Amen (3:06)
• 24. Mile High Meringue (2:00)
• 25. Ain't You Tired (End Title) (6:29)

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film.
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