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Milk
(2008)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Rick Wentworth

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Slonaker
Jeff Atmajian
Marc Mann
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(November 24th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you love Danny Elfman's distinct, established instrumental and rhythmic styles, because Milk is largely an extension of that sound into a slightly more dramatic realm.

Avoid it... if the likeable personality that Elfman maintains throughout that style cannot alone yield the kind of melodramatic weight you're expecting to hear for a topic involving so much controversy and sacrifice.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,343
WRITTEN 12/26/08
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Milk: (Danny Elfman) Though few who lived outside of the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970's will recognize the name Harvey Milk, his legacy continued to shape California politics for decades. It's truly a shame to imagine that the people of California, after slowly becoming comfortable with the application of complete civil rights to homosexuals through the years, could vote in 2008 to ban gay marriage (with some high profile assistance from the Mormons, of course), for that action diminishes some of the achievements of Milk and those he inspired. Director Gus Van Sant's bio-picture about the openly homosexual Milk and his pursuit of elected office in San Francisco will likely turn away viewers with bigoted roots, but that hasn't stopped Milk from receiving considerable critical praise and understandable Oscar buzz. To his great credit, Van Sant achieves a docudrama that humanizes the title character without glorifying his persona or making him into a martyr because of his assassination. As usual, Van Sant's handling of music in the picture is unconventional. Like the visuals, which often switch between archival footage and fictional material without attempting to hide the transitions, the music shifts radically at several points in the film as well. The director inserted a variety of vintage 1970's rock pieces and juxtaposed them with several well known works from the classical genre, often in sudden changes between the two. Composer Danny Elfman was Van Sant's regular collaborator in the late 1990's before the director worked on a series of extremely personal films that did not (or could not) utilize Elfman's services, though the pairing continues with success in Milk. The composer experienced a very busy year of writing in 2008, completing five feature film scores as well as material for a ballet (among other small projects). Elfman, though his non-profit political action group work against American vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin in 2008, exposed his liberal ideologies to an even wider group of his film music collectors, some of whom might roll their eyes at his involvement in a picture like Milk.



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Average: 2.97 Stars
***** 58 5 Stars
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Which tracks include the Boy's Choir?
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Alternate review of Milk at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - January 25, 2009, at 12:47 a.m.
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Mystery revealed!
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 58:50
• 1. Queen Bitch - performed by David Bowie (3:14)
• 2. Everyday People - performed by Sly & The Family Stone (2:21)
• 3. Rock the Boat - performed by The Hues Corporation (3:18)
• 4. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - performed by Sylvester (6:34)
• 5. Hello, Hello - performed by The Sopwith Camel (2:24)
• 6. Prelude No. 7 in E flat (The Well Tempered Clavier - Book 2 BWV 876) - performed by The Swingle Singers (2:39)
• 7. Harvey's Theme (1:11)
• 8. Main Titles (3:06)
• 9. Harvey's Will (1:41)
• 10. The Castro (0:59)
• 11. The Kiss (0:45)
• 12. Politics is Theater (3:15)
• 13. New Hope (1:46)
• 14. Harvey Wins (0:31)
• 15. Proposition 6 (1:25)
• 16. Repealed Rights (1:03)
• 17. Gay Rights Now! (2:20)
• 18. Dog Poo (0:25)
• 19. Vote Passes (0:53)
• 20. Briggs Pushing (0:44)
• 21. The Debates (2:48)
• 22. Weepy Donuts (0:52)
• 23. Harvey's Last Day (3:11)
• 24. Give 'Em Hope (4:42)
• 25. Postscript (2:03)
• 26. Harvey's Theme 2 (1:00)
• 27. Anita's Theme (0:52)
• 28. Main Titles Sax Solo (2:32)

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