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Il Postino
(1995)
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1995 Hollywood
2002 C.A.M.
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Conducted by:
Luis Bacalov

Produced by:
Jeffrey Kimball
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Hollywood Records
(June 27th, 1995)

C.A.M. Original Soundtracks
(November 19th, 2002)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1995 Hollywood Records album (and its re-prints) are regular U.S. releases. The C.A.M. albums are readily available from their web site, but not through commercial American retail outlets.
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AWARDS
Winner of an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award.
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Buy it... if you seek a pleasantly infectious and melodic score that perfectly fits the requirements of a bittersweet Mediterranean romance film.

Avoid it... if you still, after all these years, cannot forgive this score for stealing an Academy Award away from one of James Horner's vastly superior nominated efforts from 1995.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #311
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 8/15/08
Bacalov
Bacalov
The Postman (Il Postino): (Luis Bacalov) Based on the novel "Ardiente Paciencia" by Antonio Skarmeta, Il Postino tells the lovable tale of a postman on a small island in Italy who has little reason to be excited about his isolated job. That is, until he delivers post to the legendary poet Pablo Neruda in exile and, with the help and inspiration of Neruda's work, puts the charms on the island's most beautiful young woman. The heart-warming romance story is tainted by a somewhat disruptive ending, as typically are bittersweet romances of Mediterranean attitude. Neruda's poetry sets a memorable mood throughout the film, as does the original score by the veteran Italian composer Luis Bacalov. The film, much like Life is Beautiful a few years later, would be a quick phenomenon in America, where its short-lived momentum would carry it to rare foreign-film success at the Academy Awards. Most film score fans will recall Bacalov's Il Postino score as that which defeated James Horner's Apollo 13 and Braveheart at the Oscars in February 1996. The shocking underdog triumphed over Horner's two superior efforts occurred likely because the supporters of Horner's career within the Academy split their votes between the two scores. Incidentally, with Horner's win of an Oscar two years later, many fans released their lingering, pressurized disdain for Il Postino. On its own merit, the Il Postino score did not deserve the Academy Award that year, but it still stands strongly on its own as a representative of the best that Italian film music has to offer. It is music that is very reflective of the norm for Mediterranean output in this genre, which, as most film score fans will admit, has gone largely unnoticed outside of Europe. The film itself is a slice of Italian arthouse drama that goes equally unnoticed by most American fans, and regardless of any biases you might inherently have against this style of film and its music, Bacalov's score is a perfect match for this particular story. After taking the Academy Award, Bacalov's effort won the BAFTA achievement award and several other international awards, and even a decade later, it's easy to hear why.



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Average: 3.41 Stars
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Can't believe it beat Horner's Braveheart.   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1995 Hollywood Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 60:14
• 1 - 15. Poems and Music Suite: Poems by Pablo Neruda read over Luis Bacalov's music. Appearances include Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes, Madonna, Sting, Julia Roberts, Anfy Garcia, Miranda Richardson, Willem Dafoe, Welsey Snipes and Samuel L. Jackson.

Original Score:
• 16. The Postman (Titles) (2:40)
• 17. Bicycle (2:25)
• 18. "Madreselva" - song performed by Carlos Gardel (3:13)
• 19. The Postman Lullaby (0:49)
• 20. Beatrice (4:04)
• 21. Metaphors (2:02)
• 22. Loved by Women (3:27)
• 23. The Postman (Trio Version) (2:33)
• 24. Sounds of the Island (2:28)
• 25. The Postman's Dreams (3:19)
• 26. Pablito (0:41)
• 27. Milonga del Poeta (1:13)
• 28. "Madreselva" (Instrumental) (2:17)
• 29. The Postman Poet (3:20)
• 30. The Postman (Harpsichord and String Version) (0:44)
• 31. The Postman (Guitar and Bandoneon Version) (3:10)
2002 C.A.M. Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 42:51

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