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The Man from Elysian Fields
(2002)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Anthony Marinelli
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Varèse Sarabande
(October 29th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you need to fill your room with intimate warmth via acoustic guitar and piano performances that don't always maintain a cohesive personality even if they are usually compelling nonetheless.

Avoid it... if you expect any truly melodramatic weight to exist in a score that represents the concept of selling one's soul to the devil.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,378
WRITTEN 12/7/02, REVISED 2/27/09
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The Man from Elysian Fields: (Anthony Marinelli) A story of redemption and the struggle for one's soul, The Man from Elysian Fields is a film rich with character style and thoughtful substance. Director George Hickenloopers' strongly performed and intimate film depicts the choices of a failed fiction writer who works a deal with the devil to help support his miserable life and send him in a new direction. By selling his soul to the devil, who, in this case, is played by none other than Mick Jagger, the writer is launched suddenly into the world of high class male escort services. As fate would have it, though, his first client is the wife of an aging Pulitzer Prize-winning author who is the younger writer's hero. A triangle of relationships ensues, and the music of composer Anthony Marinelli assists in lending depth to the romance of the story. Marinelli was already a veteran of over 30 film scores by the time he was assigned to The Man from Elysian Fields in 2002, with most of his work residing in the realm of television and resulting from a handful of recording studios from which he worked. His career had garnered him several smaller-scale awards for his scoring achievements, but his status as a performer and keyboardist on many well-known scores never eventually translated into his own compositional success for mainstream Hollywood films (despite his efforts for this and his best known works, 15 Minutes in 2001 and Young Guns all the way back in 1988). His music for The Man from Elysian Fields represented high hopes for the composer, though the subdued nature of the work didn't create the necessary memorable atmosphere to serve a greater promotional purpose. The tone of the music is necessarily understated for a film of this depth of character. It is a very warm score in heart and performance, with a small orchestral ensemble accompanied by several important soloists who add needed accents to the slightly noir-like atmosphere. Despite the anticipated scariness of the topic of selling one's soul to the devil, the story doesn't take that bait, and because of the script's treatment of the topic as an inner-spiritual journey for the primary characters, Marinelli took a comfortably low key, but surprisingly poignant approach to his task. The foundation of the score is built upon the intimacy of the acoustic guitar, with the piano and orchestral strings sometimes taking the theme from the lead of that instrument.



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Average: 3.03 Stars
***** 42 5 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 36:50
• 1. Like Your Defecits (1:25)
• 2. End Credits (3:05)
• 3. Make It to Nathaniel (1:33)
• 4. Alcott's Integrity (1:00)
• 5. Into the Car (2:00)
• 6. Face to Face (1:31)
• 7. Going Home Alone (1:11)
• 8. When Do We?/Betrayed (2:19)
• 9. Luther Rejected (1:08)
• 10. Shattered Marriage (1:17)
• 11. I'm Doing It for You (1:33)
• 12. Byron's First Date (1:49)
• 13. Book of the Month (0:56)
• 14. Byron Destroys (0:46)
• 15. Make It to Nathaniel - Intro (1:30)
• 16. Byron Sees Dena (1:01)
• 17. I Gotta Go (0:51)
• 18. In Bed (1:05)
• 19. Waiting (1:08)
• 20. Byron with Dena (1:55)
• 21. Inner Sanctum (3:08)
• 22. Alcott Dead (1:12)
• 23. Main Title (3:15)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. Credits are sparse as well.
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