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Julie & Julia
(2009)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Conrad Pope
Clifford Tasner
Bill Newlin
Nan Schwartz
Don Sebesky
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony/Colpix Music
(August 4th, 2009)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release, primarily distributed via download but also available through Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" service.
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Buy it... if you seek an extremely cheery and whimsical musical souvenir from the film that proves to be one of Alexandre Desplat's more accessibly affable lightweight works.

Avoid it... if the only thing even worse for you than hearing Desplat's usual methodology once again (in terms of rhythm and orchestration) is the addition of stereotypical French elements on top of that distinctly dry sound.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,727
WRITTEN 2/5/11
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Julie & Julia: (Alexandre Desplat) Start writing online and you never know who might denounce you. In the case of young blogger Julie Powell in New York City during the 2000's, her documenting about her adventures in cooking each of the recipes in Julia Childs' famous "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in a single year led to not only to national attention (and a book of her own about the experience), but also condemnation from a 90-year-old Childs herself, who reportedly considered Powell's actions to be a mere publicity stunt. Nevertheless, Powell's experiences made her one of the most famous bloggers in Internet history, and her book adapting those blogs is the subject of one half of veteran "fluff film" director/producer/writer Nora Ephron's 2009 hit movie Julie & Julia. Childs' autobiography was the source for the other half of the film, and the narrative switches between the 1950's and 2000's New York and Paris settings to follow both the cooking and personal aspects of the two women's lives. Praised widely for Meryl Streep's entertainingly accurate portrayal of Childs, Julie & Julia turned into a surprising success for Columbia, more than tripling its budget in box office returns after a wave of positive reviews and other press. Composer Alexandre Desplat was a natural choice for the assignment of Julie & Julia, which utilized its original score in between the high profile song placements typical to Ephron's most well known films. Desplat was in the midst of a period of light dramatic writing during a busy year of production, and his enthusiasts often lump this score in with its equally lightweight siblings of that summer, Cheri and Coco Avant Chanel. Interestingly, despite Desplat's multitude of Hollywood projects in the late 2000's, the French composer rarely truly allowed the sensibilities typical to French film music to enter into the sound of his scores. His own personal style of writing may represent certain elements of European writing for some listeners, but in terms of stereotypical accordion-led French film music, Julie & Julia marks something of a departure for Desplat. Because of the two distinct halves to the narrative of this film, however, the composer was only able to truly identify that sound with Childs' location, relying upon more contemporary tones to represent Julie in New York. Like any skilled composer should, though, Desplat blends the two halves of his score as the younger woman gains confidence in working with Childs' recipes. The result is predictable but charmingly innocuous and ceaselessly pleasant.



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Average: 2.77 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 43:24
• 1. Julia's Theme (2:13)
• 2. Julie's Theme (2:24)
• 3. Great Big Good Fairy (0:38)
• 4. The Original French Chef Theme (0:23)
• 5. Starting Out (2:45)
• 6. What Should I Do? (1:34)
• 7. Eggs (1:10)
• 8. Psycho Killer (4:22)
• 9. A String of Pearls (1:28)
• 10. Mes Emmerdes (3:08)
• 11. Time After Time (2:06)
• 12. Burning the Stew (0:57)
• 13. Leaving Paris (1:36)
• 14. My Husband Left Me (1:29)
• 15. Stop the Train (3:01)
• 16. A Bushel and a Peck (2:49)
• 17. The New York Times (2:38)
• 18. Boeuf Bourguignon (1:54)
• 19. Julia Hates Me (2:18)
• 20. Last Supper (1:17)
• 21. Blog Ends/Time After Time (3:14)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film. As in many of Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" products, the packaging smells incredibly foul when new. In this case, it is also misaligned so that the spine artwork does not show correctly in that area.
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