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Keeping the Faith
(2000)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Emilie A. Bernstein
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Hollywood Records
(April 18th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are an established collector of Elmer Bernstein's music and would be interested in a penultimate score that pays tribute to his light jazz works of decades earlier.

Avoid it... if you expect either a score that charts any new territory for Bernstein or an album that comfortably surrounds that score with similarly-styled songs.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #543
WRITTEN 6/9/00, REVISED 7/6/08
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Keeping the Faith: (Elmer Bernstein) The lack of chemistry can doom a film, and with Keeping the Faith, Edward Norton's directorial debut, that disjointed collection of otherwise fine parts not only afflicted the three primary actors, but several parts of the production itself. Norton cast himself as a Catholic priest, while Ben Stiller is a Jewish rabbi and Jenna Elfman is the childhood friend that both are attracted to in adulthood. Their complicated triangle mostly provides the substantive comedy for the lovable metropolitan flick, though wooden acting performances by two of the three leads and the fact that the more likeable of the two men doesn't get the girl are troublesome flaws. Among the several production elements that don't quite fit together into a comfortable package is Elmer Bernstein's throwback score for the venture. Norton must have loved having the opportunity to make a film with a score by the Silver Age master, who was in the process of extending his career into yet another decade and bring along his distinctive jazzy styles from yesteryear in tow. His assignments of the late 1990's tended to stay close to the composer's comfort zone, and Keeping the Faith is firmly in that category; unfortunately, most of these projects were smaller mainstream ventures that had a habit of disappearing quickly from theatres. A productive 1999 was anchored by the remarkably emotional dramatic score for The Deep End of the Ocean, and Keeping the Faith is likewise a score of subtleties. More importantly, Keeping the Faith largely represented the end of Bernstein's normal schedule of writing, with only Far From Heaven remaining in his career two years later. Both Keeping the Faith and Far From Heaven, Bernstein's only scores of the 2000's, are works that pay tribute to the composer's height of popularity, with the former reminding of the heyday of small band jazz and the latter giving the nod to the intimate dramas from the earliest days in his career. For Keeping the Faith specifically, Bernstein takes a comedic approach towards the film with light jazz rhythms that bounce harmlessly throughout most of its length.



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Average: 2.7 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 50:02
• 1. Please Call Me Baby - performed by Tom Waits (4:25)
• 2. Heart of Mine - performed by Peter Salett (3:04)
• 3. Crazy - performed by Travis Pickle (3:56)
• 4. Pitseleh - performed by Elliott Smith (3:24)
• 5. The Way Things Used to Be - performed by Peter Salett (3:42)
• 6. Main Title* (2:42)
• 7. The Three (2:33)
• 8. Faith (1:39)
• 9. Church and Temple (1:24)
• 10. Cloister (2:12)
• 11. Happiness Is (2:00)
• 12. Office (2:20)
• 13. Pictures (3:01)
• 14. It's Love (2:56)
• 15. All's Well (1:11)
• 16. Unkown Track (1:02)
• 17. Play That Funky Music (White Boy) - performed by Wild Cherry (3:16)
• 18. Got to Be Real - performed by Cheryl Lynn (5:07)
* score cue not used in the film

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