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House of Sand and Fog
(2003)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(December 9th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if the flourishing romance of James Horner's usual, broad strokes of orchestral beauty are too grand and repetitive for your liking, and you prefer a much more intimate and restrained approach to his dramatic style.

Avoid it... if you believe that the dramatic weight of a low budget, dialogue-driven atmosphere is often compromised by its own sparse construct, no matter the composer.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #382
WRITTEN 12/7/03, REVISED 3/14/09
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House of Sand and Fog: (James Horner) Pushed by Dreamworks to a release date as late in 2003 as possible, House of Sand and Fog was always a project with high Oscar hopes. The debut of television commercial director Vadim Perelman, the film closely follows the bestselling novel of the same name by Andre Dubus III (an Oprah Winfrey Book Club entry). Its premise is one of highly internalized societal drama, with no clear cut good and bad characters; Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingley's primary roles square off in a clash of dreams and culture over the possession of a singularly loved house in the hills of California. With the American owner (Connelly) wrongfully thrown out of the home due to a taxation error, an exiled Iranian colonel from the Shah's elite inner circle (Kingsley) moves into the home to start a new life of the American dream with his family. The battle of wills between the two main characters occupies the heart of the story, making it one of the more intensely personal stories of the year. Several cast and crew members carried over to House of Sand and Fog from the Academy Award-winning A Beautiful Mind, including composer James Horner. The year 2003 was one dominated by dramatic efforts of all sizes by Horner, for whom House of Sand and Fog was the fourth and final score of the year. The close nature of the story, as well as undoubtedly some budgetary constraints attached to a $16 million production, caused Horner to scale back his usual recording standard to a more intimate level than heard by collectors of the composer in several years. Horner orchestrated his own moderate composition and removed the brass section from the Hollywood Studio Symphony, causing the score to immediately take on a different personality than his other three scores of 2003. He also utilized synthetic elements for a substantial part of the work, dwelling with these electronic sounds in an extremely quiet soundscape. It had been many years since Horner held this level of restraint in his music, and another sign that House of Sand and Fog is a subtle effort is realized with the lack of any notable solo performances for voice or specialty instrument. For a composer seemingly in love with the flourishing romance of his own broad strokes of orchestral beauty, Horner impressively resists of the possibly overbearing role that his score could have played in House of Sand and Fog.



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Not bad,but could have been better
Sheridan - August 28, 2006, at 10:09 a.m.
1 comment  (1771 views)
This score got nominated for an Oscar... and Willow & Glory DIDN'T
Julio Gomez - February 26, 2005, at 3:56 p.m.
1 comment  (2227 views)
Horner's metamorphosis
Marcin - April 10, 2004, at 3:37 p.m.
1 comment  (1674 views)
With a tremendous desire to share
Angela Keler - February 16, 2004, at 5:09 p.m.
1 comment  (1589 views)
Not pizzicato?   Expand >>
Timmy B. - February 5, 2004, at 4:05 p.m.
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Timmy B.
Is this score worth it?   Expand >>
perjfpmi - January 30, 2004, at 2:57 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 69:46
• 1. An Older Life (1:54)
• 2. The Waves of the Caspian Sea (4:00)
• 3. Old Photos, New Memories (3:23)
• 4. "This Is No Longer Your House" (3:34)
• 5. Two People (3:49)
• 6. Kathy's Night (2:18)
• 7. Parallel Lives, Parallel Loves (5:22)
• 8. Behrani's Thoughts - Long Ago (4:49)
• 9. Break-In (2:34)
• 10. The Dreams of Kings (6:58)
• 11. The Shooting, A Payment for Our Sins (15:18)
• 12. "We Have Traveled So Far, It is Time to Return to Our Path." (9:05)
• 13. A Return to the Caspian, And to the Iran of Old (6:37)

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