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Lust, Caution
(2007)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jean-Pascal Beintus
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(September 25th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you consistently appreciate Alexandre Desplat's ability to accentuate the tasteful drama in a film without taking any chances in terms of the depth of his emotional reach.

Avoid it... if the lack of true passion, suspicion, romance, and danger in this music makes it too safely inoffensive to engage you as thoroughly as you expect for a film of this melodramatic agony.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,708
WRITTEN 3/30/11
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Lust, Caution: (Alexandre Desplat) Director Ang Lee certainly has no qualms about depicting graphic sexual situations in the context of challenging dramas, and Lust, Caution was his 2007 follow-up in this regard to his controversial but acclaimed Brokeback Mountain. The phenomenally depressing story of Lust, Caution tells of a resistance cell of Hong Kong students that attempts to undermine the Chinese puppet government agents supported by the Japanese occupation of the late 1930's and early 1940's. The main protagonist is a young woman enlisted to be part of the resistance after meeting like-minded youths in a university drama club. It takes several years and a shift to Shanghai to finally lure her target, a high-ranking government recruiter and secret police head, into a vulnerable position. Her necessitated relationship with the target causes her to become emotionally attached to him, however, leading to the failure of the assassination attempt at the last minute. Needless to say, the good-guys don't fare well in Lust, Caution. While the film was praised widely and received significant awards consideration, it was blacklisted for its extreme depictions of sex acts, none of which Lee wished to censor himself to achieve a wider release. There are lingering reports that some of the sex on screen was not simulating, complicating matters. Nevertheless, Lust, Caution was the type of film in desperate need of a quietly passionate, melodramatic score, and although Lee's most lasting composer collaboration in the 2000's was actually with Danny Elfman, and despite his previously successful partnership with Patrick Doyle, he made the safe choice of enlisting the help of rising star Alexandre Desplat for the picture. The French composer was just reaching the plateau of critical popularity that carried him to significant acclaim throughout the latter half of the 2000's. His well-received music for The Painted Veil had just recently proven that he could tackle a dramatic topic set in China without utilizing a dominant regional tone in his music, and he once again takes that approach for Lust, Caution.



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Average: 3.56 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:54
• 1. Lust, Caution (1:08)
• 2. Dinner Waltz (1:53)
• 3. Falling Rain (1:14)
• 4. Intermezzo in A Major, Op.118 No 2* (6:12)
• 5. Streets of Shanghai (3:02)
• 6. Playacting (2:45)
• 7. Tsim Sha Tsui Stroll (1:45)
• 8. Exodus (1:37)
• 9. Moonlight Drive (3:06)
• 10. Shanghai 1942 (2:30)
• 11. The End of Innocence (2:31)
• 12. Sacrifice (4:19)
• 13. Remember Everything (2:12)
• 14. Check Point (1:05)
• 15. The Secret (1:34)
• 16. Nanking Road (3:07)
• 17. On the Street (1:37)
• 18. The Angel (2:21)
• 19. The South Quarry (2:17)
• 20. An Empty Bed (1:57)
• 21. Dinner Waltz - performed by Traffic Quintet (2:00)
• 22. Wong Chia Chi's Theme (3:45)
• 23. Seduction (1:41)
• 24. Desire (4:27)
* written by Johannes Brahms and performed by Alain Planes

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