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Marvin's Room
(1996)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Michael Kosarin

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian

Co-Produced by:
Scott Rudin

Song Written and Performed by:
Carly Simon
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(January 14th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2007.
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Buy it... if there is no limit to your capability to appreciate Rachel Portman's accessible, pleasantly dramatic style of light orchestral tones.

Avoid it... if you require some deviation in rhythmic or instrumental personality in your Portman works to tease you back to her obvious constructs.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,268
WRITTEN 5/14/03, REVISED 3/29/09
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Marvin's Room: (Rachel Portman) A Scott McPherson off-Broadway play, Marvin's Room was translated onto the big screen in 1996 by director Jerry Zaks. The film featured a blockbuster cast led by Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep, with several awards nominations spread among them for their performances in this project alone. It is an intimate tale of a family estranged by distance and brought together to take care of one another after a series of unexpected medical crises. Along expected lines, the characters grow in their harmonious union as the film progresses, and despite the rather grim circumstances of their individual problems, the narrative also features its fair share of black humor. A tear-jerker in the end, Marvin's Room was the kind of assignment that was perfect for a tender, heartfelt score from the British master of light romance and drama music at the time, Rachel Portman. The year 1996 was best noted in Portman's career as the one in which she attained her first Academy Award nomination and win for Emma. It was also a year that yielded her dynamic music for the pseudo-musical The Adventures of Pinocchio, which broadly touched upon her typical, broad strokes of compassion. While Marvin's Room is a story set in contemporary times, its score shares the same deeply rooted dramatic sense of love and harmony as the one for Emma, choosing to remain understated rather than exploring too many overtly melodramatic avenues. At the time, Portman's music was still refreshingly new, especially with extensive re-use in public venues of her Only You work from just a few years before, and her critics had not yet really begun to assert themselves in their argument that all of her music for dramatic arthouse projects sounds too familiar. Looking back at Marvin's Room, a certain amount of repetition of style will likely hinder this score's legacy, however. With Portman's predictable music for this genre, you have to evaluate it as how well it uses slight instrumental or rhythmic deviations to distinguish itself compared to the rest of her works.



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165 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.02 Stars
***** 36 5 Stars
**** 30 4 Stars
*** 35 3 Stars
** 30 2 Stars
* 34 1 Stars
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David Lounsberry - April 9, 2009, at 12:41 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:42
• 1. Two Little Sisters (Theme from "Marvin's Room") - performed by Carly Simon (3:24)
• 2. Main Titles (3:03)
• 3. The Wig (3:33)
• 4. Burning Down the House (3:35)
• 5. Reflections (1:11)
• 6. The Loony Bin (1:54)
• 7. Florida (2:56)
• 8. The Toolbox (2:15)
• 9. I've Been So Lucky (2:29)
• 10. End Title (3:47)
• 11. The Toolbox II (1:13)
• 12. The Beach (2:23)
• 13. Tall Tales (3:02)
• 14. Clarence James (1:49)
• 15. Someplace Else (1:23)
• 16. Marvin's Room (3:37)

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