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Killing Me Softly
(2002)
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
James Shearman

Co-Orchestrated by:
Lawrence Ashmore

Produced by:
Maggie Rodford
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Quartet Records (Spain)
(May 31st, 2011)
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Limited release of 1,000 copies from Spain, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you're curious to hear Patrick Doyle's keen melodic and instrumental sensibilities repackage techniques from Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, and John Ottman's music for the thriller genre into an engagingly intelligent hidden gem.

Avoid it... if Doyle's sometimes overstated dramatic sense predictably conveys too obvious of a narrative for you, because he painstakingly emulates the wildly varied emotional state of the protagonist in this otherwise awful sex romp of a picture.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,680
WRITTEN 7/21/11
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Killing Me Softly: (Patrick Doyle) Sex thrillers don't come any worse than Killing Me Softly, famed Chinese director Chen Kaige's only English-language film after a series of critical successes led by Farewell My Concubine. Released initially in Europe, the tale of graphic sex and suspicions of murder was received so badly that it debuted only on cable in the United States, an unrated version on DVD eventually yielding some marginal interest. Its $25 million budget from MGM was flushed down the toilet because of a combination of fundamental problems with the film, foremost a terrible adaptation by Nicci Gerrard and Sean French of an existing novel. Performances by lead actors Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes, and Natascha McElhone were poorly directed by Kaige as well, whatever passion generated by the sordid nature of the story betrayed by uninspired nude players. A predictable plot twist involving incest and death at the end is a painful epilogue, leaving Killing Me Softly as a carnal spectacle for only those who wish to view Graham and Fiennes engaged in graphic depictions of a variety of kinky sex acts. Fortunately, among the few things Kaige did right with the film was his conception of its music. The director's films have often featured excellent soundtracks (including The Promise in 2005), and Patrick Doyle's output for Killing Me Softly is a lasting highlight. The popular Scottish composer has rarely written music for the thriller genre, but he has confessed to loving working in that mode, and he clearly took the 2002 film more seriously than anyone might have expected. He is, of course, a composer with melodic sensibilities at the core, and he approached Killing Me Softly with a sense of rhythmic orchestral tension and manipulation of theme that many in the mainstream may find similar to Jerry Goldsmith's famous sound for Basic Instinct. For Doyle, this score was among the last he composed on paper before adopting the software available and commonly used by other composers of the era, and he remains proud of the complexity that he wrote by hand into the score's many lines of activity. It is a purely symphonic work, casting aside electronics but emphasizing a hint of tribal percussion in places to accentuate the raw nature of the sexual encounters. In many ways, if Bernard Herrmann were alive at the time, Killing Me Softly is a score that would fit very comfortably in his standard sound for the genre, a compliment to Doyle for the engaging amount of emotive force conjured for this occasion.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 58:00
• 1. Front Titles (1:03)
• 2. Alice and Jake (1:38)
• 3. Traffic Light (0:57)
• 4. The Library (1:27)
• 5. First Fling (Original Version) (1:49)
• 6. Don't Turn Away (0:57)
• 7. His Name is Adam Tallis/Alice Returns (1:49)
• 8. Alice Leaves Jake (1:11)
• 9. Deborah (0:28)
• 10. Waiting For Adam (Original Version) (1:59)
• 11. Morning (0:39)
• 12. Climbing the Wall (1:49)
• 13. The Mugging (2:14)
• 14. The Wedding (2:14)
• 15. Honeymoon Trek (2:11)
• 16. Silk Scarf (Bondage) (2:15)
• 17. "It Was a Mistake to Marry Him" (0:32)
• 18. The Necklace (1:09)
• 19. Faxes (2:16)
• 20. Michelle's Story (1:12)
• 21. Adele's Letters (3:05)
• 22. Who is Michelle Stowe? (0:41)
• 23. High Suspicions (2:34)
• 24. Adam Called (1:36)
• 25. Alice Bound (Original Version) (5:21)
• 26. Alice Escapes (0:44)
• 27. Two Way Mirror (Original Version) (1:40)
• 28. The Graveyard (5:00)
• 29. Deborah Dies (1:40)
• 30. Two Years Later (1:47)
• 31. End Titles (2:49)

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The insert includes notation about both the score and film.
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