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Malèna
(2000)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Conducted by:

Produced by:
Enrico De Melis
Claudio Messina
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Virgin Records
(February 6th, 2001)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The February 2001 Virgin Records America album is a regular U.S. release. The European Virgin branch made the score available several months prior. Both albums are out of print and difficult to find (especially the American pressing).
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Nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you just can't get enough of that predictable sound of romantic Mediterranean scores with a touch of prancing comedy and sentimental tragedy.

Avoid it... if the other, similar Oscar-nominated (and winning) Italian scores of the of era by the likes of Luis Bacalov and Nicola Piovani were nothing more than annoyances to you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #684
WRITTEN 2/2/01, REVISED 10/18/08
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Morricone
Morricone
Malèna: (Ennio Morricone) Reminiscent of the kinds of films that made Federico Fellini into a master of the genre, Malèna was Giuseppe Tornatore's 2000 coming-of-age tale involving a 13-year-old boy during the height of World War II. When the most beautiful woman in his coastal town becomes a widow because of the war, his imagined image of her perfection is shattered by the realities of her unsavory habits. If the story sounds familiar, then don't be surprised to learn that the production values of Malèna are extremely predictable as well, though that didn't stop the film from earning significant attention in America. One of the film's most heralded aspects was its score by veteran composer Ennio Morricone. Ever since the highly successful score for Cinema Paradiso, Morricone has been a regular match for director Giuseppe Tornatore, with predictably strong results. Morricone's work for Malèna was one of the last Italian scores in a line of European underdogs to mesmerize the voters of the Academy in the late 1990's. The popularity of this score in Los Angeles came as no surprise; all you had to do was recall the arthouse-inspired love that so many Academy members felt for scores like Life is Beautiful and Il Postino to realize that one of these kinds of scores was destined to be rewarded every once in a while. The fact that Malèna was the last of that string is perhaps an interesting topic for a different debate. Even though traditional American film score fans often shunned the genre of hopelessly romantic Mediterranean scores with disgust, Miramax Films proved to be very successful in promoting them at the time. The same year, Miramax was also successful in pushing Rachel Portman's Chocolat into the awards mix even though it clearly wasn't her best score of that year.



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910 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.37 Stars
***** 221 5 Stars
**** 236 4 Stars
*** 226 3 Stars
** 113 2 Stars
* 114 1 Stars
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Alternative review
Joep de Bruijn - May 12, 2006, at 1:54 a.m.
1 comment  (1581 views)
THe best there is
schubert Aloysius - February 24, 2005, at 1:01 p.m.
1 comment  (1962 views)
Looking for a beautiful theme!
Dragaeris - January 3, 2002, at 7:38 p.m.
1 comment  (2133 views)
Not included on CD: "ma l'amore no"   Expand >>
Chichi - December 16, 2001, at 10:09 p.m.
18 comments  (14465 views)
Newest: August 18, 2010, at 12:46 a.m. by
2bor02b
Malena theme was copied for a song
LTP - November 5, 2001, at 4:13 p.m.
1 comment  (2254 views)
Morricone has produced a masterpiece
Philip J. Zamora - April 4, 2001, at 9:17 p.m.
1 comment  (1929 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 46:49
• 1. Inchini Ipocriti e Disperazione (2:04)
• 2. Malena (2:37)
• 3. Passeggiata in Paese (3:17)
• 4. Visioni (2:36)
• 5. Nella Casa... (2:16)
• 6. Malena (End Titles) (4:25)
• 7. Linciaggio (2:46)
• 8. Orgia (1:13)
• 9. Il Ritorno (1:47)
• 10. Bisbigli Della Gente (2:42)
• 11. Ma L'Amore No (1:52)
• 12. Casino-Bolero (2:10)
• 13. Altro Casino (2:16)
• 14. Visioni (Fantasie D'Amore) (2:15)
• 15. Cinema D'Altri Tempi (3:39)
• 16. Ipocrisie (2:00)
• 17. Pensieri di Sesso (2:29)
• 18. Momenti Difficili (4:19)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive credits and notes about both the director and composer.
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