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In Dreams
(1999)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Jonathan Sheffer
Edward Shearmur

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai

Co-Produced by:
Teese Gohl
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Varèse Sarabande
(October 12th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want to listen in on the kind of music that Elliot Goldenthal probably hears in his own nightmares.

Avoid it... if you consider Goldenthal's music for much brighter topics to be inaccessible, because this score takes that avant garde style down a formidable path to despair.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,268
WRITTEN 7/2/03, REVISED 3/27/09
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In Dreams: (Elliot Goldenthal) Performed by an impressive cast, the story of In Dreams is a chilling and desperate tale of a woman who is haunted by dream-like premonitions of a child's death at the hands of an abductor and serial killer, as well as the understandable hesitance of the police to believe her. Director Neil Jordan violated a few of the fundamental rules of effective thrillers, first relying too heavily on unoriginal concepts seen in other films and then presenting the characters in the story in such a fashion that few will actually care what happens to them. If Annette Bening's lead character's attempted suicide had been successful, the film might actually have been better. At any rate, the film is both unpleasant and surrealistic in its photography, and the project was unexpectedly assigned to the equally abrasive (on many occasions) Elliot Goldenthal. Representing the fourth collaboration between Goldenthal and Jordan, for whom the composer had written Interview with the Vampire, Michael Collins, and The Butcher Boy, In Dreams won't surprise anyone. It does beg questions about the kind of music that Goldenthal hears in his dreams. For listeners familiar with the unconventional film music that Goldenthal writes when he is awake, the consensus might be that In Dreams could be the score to his own dreams. For most other people, of course, this kind of music would only accompany nightmares, and a perpetual, living nightmare is exactly the plotline of In Dreams. As those nightmares of Bening's character are realized, Goldenthal's score becomes even more important is providing an excruciating sense of futility and realism. Even if he hadn't been the regular artistic partner of the director, In Dreams is a project meant for the twisted imagination of Goldenthal in every regard. Mainstream appreciation of Goldenthal's works, of course, had been somewhat sparse even as of 1998, due to the composer's inaccessible style that ignored the norms of both traditional classical and contemporary music in the process of merging some of their traits. As an assignment, In Dreams begged Goldenthal for an even more inaccessible work, and he succeeded in taking his dissonant, chaotic spirit to an all new level. Whereas many of Goldenthal's scores are obnoxious in their droning, meandering, and aimless style of obscurity, In Dreams presents a score that may be just as obnoxious, but in a completely different way.

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Goldenthal is a genius!
Fernando Giménez Moreno - September 3, 2004, at 1:30 p.m.
1 comment  (1951 views)
Dream Baby
elmstreetkid - July 31, 2003, at 1:05 p.m.
1 comment  (1914 views)
Great score
Southall - July 30, 2003, at 1:17 p.m.
1 comment  (1847 views)
Non-Classical Score?   Expand >>
Josh - July 30, 2003, at 9:15 a.m.
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Total Time: 49:46
• 1. Agitata Dolorosa (5:00)
• 2. Claire's Nocturne (2:38)
• 3. The Pull of Red (2:08)
• 4. Appellatron (3:32)
• 5. Wraith Loops (3:26)
• 6. Rubber Room Stomp (2:01)
• 7. Pulled by Red (1:11)
• 8. Scytheoplicity (3:25)
• 9. In Dreams - written and performed by Roy Orbison (2:49)
• 10. Rebecca's Abduction (4:31)
• 11. Premonition Lento (1:43)
• 12. While We Sleep (2:36)
• 13. Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree - written by Lew Brown, Sam Stept and Charles Tobias, performed by The Andrews Sisters (2:14)
• 14. Andante (3:36)
• 15. Elegy Ostinato (4:07)
• 16. Dream Baby - written by Elliot Goldenthal and Neil Jordan, performed by Elizabeth Fraser (4:30)

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