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The Human Stain
(2003)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell

Piano Solos by:
John Lenehan

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(September 23rd, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print.

An album called "The Human Stain: Coleman's Collection" was released by the same label a few weeks later with the jazz and standards classics featured in the film.
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Buy it... if you believe that Rachel Portman can do no wrong with her predictably harmonic writing for piano and strings.

Avoid it... if you prefer her less troubled, solemn, and morbidly contemplative music for romantic comedies that feature extroverted thematic identities.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #571
WRITTEN 10/5/03, REVISED 3/13/09
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The Human Stain: (Rachel Portman) Based upon the acclaimed 2000 novel of the same title by Philip Roth, the story of The Human Stain concluded a trilogy of dramas by the author and was translated to the big screen by Miramax in 2002. The release of the picture was pushed through several dates in the following year, finally settling upon Halloween as the time at which to woo Academy members. The film's cast was similarly built for Oscar consideration, placing several winners of the award in leading roles. Anthony Hopkins portrays a respected, but tarnished New England classics professor who battles with a torrid sexual affair (with Nicole Kidman), her extremely unstable husband (Ed Harris), and various other issues, including race and religion. As a series of revelations continues to unfold for the audience, the film advertises itself as a top entry in heavy character dramas. Between the awkward, fleshy sex scenes between Hopkins and Kidman and the extremely depressing conclusion of the story, though, The Human Stain wasn't a romantic crowd pleaser at any level. While it was originally to be strictly an arthouse release, Miramax pushed the film to widespread distribution. This was good news for composer Rachel Portman (another member of the production with an Academy Award win), who had spent the previous two years branching off into unfamiliar genre territory. Portman was considered the foremost composer in the genre of romantic dramas and comedies, gaining a loyal following of hopelessly romantic listeners who enjoy her simple, but loving orchestral touch. The films which she had scored in those two years flew below the radar, with 2000's Chocolat being her previous major success on album. It was likely that her work for The Human Stain would also cater to her loyal audience, but whether it could muster the same support as The Cider House Rules and Chocolat depended likewise on how well received the movie was at awards time. In and of itself, Portman's score for The Human Stain isn't dynamic or flashy enough to stretch its legs much beyond the success of the film. In fact, it's so tethered to the production that the script's haphazard shifts in time and place are the biggest factor in hindering Portman's usual operational flow.



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the main title of this album is totaly stolen
tuna emren - April 13, 2004, at 9:10 a.m.
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This sounds good, but the same   Expand >>
soundtrackfreak - October 8, 2003, at 6:44 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 35:09
• 1. Opening Credits (3:11)
• 2. Iris Dies/Library/Coleman Waits for Faunia (2:29)
• 3. It's in the Mail/End Credits (Original Version) (7:03)
• 4. The Two Urns/Father Dies (2:31)
• 5. Navy Recruiting (1:01)
• 6. Steena Rejects Coleman (1:28)
• 7. Audobon Society/The Crow (2:35)
• 8. Coleman's Funeral/Faunia Dances (1:14)
• 9. The Accident (2:46)
• 10. You Think Like a Prisoner (2:05)
• 11. Frozen Lake (1:36)
• 12. It's in the Mail/End Credits (Rewrite) (7:03)

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