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The House of the Spirits
(1993)
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Composed, Arranged, and Co-Produced:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Fiachra Trench

Co-Orchestrated and Additional Arrangements by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Co-Produced by:
Bille August
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Virgin Movie Music
(January 25th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print within a few years.
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Buy it... if you seek the more intelligent and sophisticated Hans Zimmer scores that better combine the orchestral and synthesized sides of his talents.

Avoid it... if you need a piece of music to cheer your mood, because this brooding score is about as morbidly depressing as any that Zimmer has composed in his career.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #395
WRITTEN 7/18/98, REVISED 9/9/08
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The House of the Spirits: (Hans Zimmer) The violent and terrible tale of the trials and suffering of an aristocratic Chilean family over the course of six decades, The House of the Spirits is not a pleasant film. Bille August adapted Isable Allende's novel into a brutal South American variation of a British character drama, with a rich selection of characters performed with excruciating pain by a stellar cast of big name stars. The film didn't make the waves of August's previous entries, though it performed well in critiques from arthouse circles. Considering the gruesome nature of the story, it is surprising how lyrical and darkly romantic Hans Zimmer's score can be, emphasizing the passion of the story while downplaying the dynamic aspects of political revolution. Despite the death and dismemberment on screen, the score remains as one of Zimmer's softer and more melodic efforts, combining his synthesizers with an orchestra and a touch of South American flavor. The House of the Spirits, due to the threatening undertones from beginning to end, becomes potentially depressing and almost haunting in its music, and yet, a constantly developed set of themes keeps it from becoming burdensome for the listener. The score begins with the patriotic, but subdued anthem that serves as the only major-key theme of the score before the tone takes a slow, dramatic turn in direction. By the end of "The House of the Spirits," the style of the score descends to tragedy, every chord saturated by the minor-key. The score's brooding synthesizers and occasional orchestral solos build up hope every seven or eight minutes in the remaining score, only to be squashed by a sudden let-down and return to brooding depths. It's an easy score to enjoy for a lengthy listening experience on album, as it has the same continuous tone of Smilla's Sense of Snow, but The House of the Spirits offers a fuller range of harmonic development and downright creepy personality. In many ways, it is Zimmer's equivalent in 1993 to Danny Elfman's Sommersby in terms of stylistic restraint, with both scores offering a melodic, but significantly troubled takes on the composers' usual sound of the era.

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441 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.61 Stars
***** 142 5 Stars
**** 132 4 Stars
*** 71 3 Stars
** 47 2 Stars
* 49 1 Stars
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Same moledy as in MI2!!!   Expand >>
Gilboa - February 15, 2005, at 4:25 p.m.
2 comments  (3655 views)
Newest: March 21, 2005, at 7:56 a.m.by Kevin
Where are the "Buy it..." and "Avoid it..." comment? *NM*
Mark F. - December 11, 2004, at 5:46 a.m.
1 comment  (2092 views)
Very Good score. A must buy. *NM*
Levente Benedek - September 11, 2003, at 7:49 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 43:33
• 1. The House of the Spirits (10:02)
• 2. Clara (6:31)
• 3. Coup (9:34)
• 4. Pedro and Blanca (9:50)
• 5. Clara's Ghost/La Paloma*/Closing Titles (7:24)
* traditional song performed by Sebastian de Trayier

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