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Matinee
(1993)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
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Varèse Sarabande
(February 2nd, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release, but difficult to find in stores after a few years.
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Buy it... if you can't get enough of Jerry Goldsmith's sentimental themes for suburban innocence, in which case this neatly packaged collection of familiar ideas will please you with its summary of the composer's early 1990's comedy norms.

Avoid it... if you are expecting to hear the horror source material heard in the story's "film within a film" or are only a casual Goldsmith enthusiast with no interest in the composer's more redundant comedy entries.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #997
WRITTEN 6/25/98, REVISED 11/1/11
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Matinee: (Jerry Goldsmith) Arguably one of director Joe Dante most notable flops, Matinee is a 1993 comedy that accomplished several of his personal interests. It's a "coming of age" picture for a group of pre-teen youth, it pokes fun at the B-rate horror film industry of the 1950's and early 1960's, and it plays on the fears of nuclear proliferation that were at their height in October 1962, the time frame of movie's setting. While the group of young actors is more than sufficient in their roles, it's John Goodman who steals the film as showman Lawrence Woolsey, a character based upon the real-life horror movie experimenter William Castle. Attempting to capitalize on nuclear fears and bring the third dimension of film back to theatres, Woolsey debuts a "movie within a movie" called "Mant" (featuring, as you would expect, a creature that is half man, half ant) and includes drama with a live "mant" inside the theatre itself at the showing. With nostalgia and sentiment at heart, the comedy of the film is an extra bonus. With that in mind, composer Jerry Goldsmith provides a score that is appropriately light-hearted but not as strictly comedic as you might first imagine. With the collaboration between Dante and Goldsmith spanning several decades and including many successful titles, it's easy for Matinee to slip through the cracks, though the score has managed to remain a favorite amongst the composer's fans. An important distinction to make in this soundtrack is between the music you hear in "Mant" and that which Goldsmith wrote for the original character drama. The old horror music applied as source is reused material from actual films of the era and genre, and only in the context of a cue like "Showtime" does Goldsmith play with some of that outwardly Bernard Hermann-inspired knock-off style in his own material. While the "Mant" music may, for some listeners, be the more memorable cue-by-cue material in the soundtrack (the "Mant" film is, after all, quite funny), none of that music exists within Goldsmith's contribution and is thus absent from the album. Alone, Goldsmith's writing for Matinee sounds much like the lesser-inspired moments of The 'Burbs from several years earlier, pulling also from the procedures of composer's equivalent contemporary dramas and comedies of 1992 and 1993.



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Average: 3.18 Stars
***** 52 5 Stars
**** 66 4 Stars
*** 69 3 Stars
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You're a Goldsmith Fan? Buy it!!!!
Mathias Sender - July 21, 2006, at 10:40 a.m.
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a masterpiece
F - June 21, 2005, at 5:14 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 38:27
• 1. Coming Attraction (2:09)
• 2. Hold On (3:08)
• 3. Brother to Brother (2:27)
• 4. Real People (2:13)
• 5. The Scam (4:08)
• 6. Halfway Home (3:45)
• 7. Showtime (4:33)
• 8. The Wrong Business (3:39)
• 9. This is It (3:51)
• 10. The Next Attraction (7:56)

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