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The Pursuit of Happyness
(2006)
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Composed and Produced by:
Andrea Guerra

Orchestrated by:
Luca Salvadori
Antongiulio Frulio
Dana Nui
Andrew Kinney

Conducted by:
Blake Neely
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(January 9th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you enjoy easy, undemanding scores for pleasantly melodic orchestral ensembles and a light touch of snazzy urban rhythm.

Avoid it... if you expect any melodrama greater than the typical piano-driven character themes of the likes of Randy Edelman.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #794
WRITTEN 2/9/07
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The Pursuit of Happyness: (Andrea Guerra) A genuine rags to riches story set in 1981 San Francisco, The Pursuit of Happyness is an inspirational tale of survival in today's capitalist society. The lengthy story details the lowest moments of a father's life: a man left by his wife, abandoned by his friends, and forced to live on the streets of the city with his young son while attempting to break into a good job. Sheer luck leads to an internship at a large corporation, and in a film destined for a written epilogue of "happily ever after" proportions, the man perseveres in both his professional life and his relationship with his son. Another dimension of success for the picture has been the ethnicity brought to it by Will Smith and his own real-life son in the starring roles. The picture is an oddity that has, for some reason, launched itself to blockbuster success over its first two months. Going against it was the stark technique of Italian director Gabriele Muccino in his first English film, as well as tepid reviews from critics who saw little redeeming in the film outside of Smith's performances. Another intriguing and different side of the story includes composer Andrea Guerra, who Muccino brought with him from Italian cinema. A veteran of scoring for the past two decades, Guerra is an accomplished and well-respected composer in Italy, earning consideration for several top awards in that country during the past five years. His work on La Finestra di Fronte in 2003 won him the equivalent to an Oscar in the country, translating into outstanding record sales. That strong score shows several sides of Guerra's writing, including classical orchestral lyricism and, more popularly, a combination of that style with modern samples and rhythms very similar to the work of Australia's Craig Armstrong. An operatic vocal performance of that score's title theme is nothing short of outstanding. In the international scene, Guerra's sole work of note is Hotel Rwanda, for which he was nominated for both a Grammy and Golden Globe for his involvement in the writing of the song "Million Voices."



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243 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.07 Stars
***** 46 5 Stars
**** 48 4 Stars
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** 45 2 Stars
* 38 1 Stars
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Total Time: 40:00
• 1. Opening (3:09)
• 2. Being Stupid (1:38)
• 3. Running (1:31)
• 4. Trouble at Home (1:30)
• 5. Rubiks Cube Taxi (1:52)
• 6. Park Chase (2:29)
• 7. Linda Leaves (4:01)
• 8. Night at Police Station (1:37)
• 9. Possibly (1:44)
• 10. Where's My Shoe (4:19)
• 11. To the Game/Touchdown (1:36)
• 12. Locked Out (2:19)
• 13. Dinosaurs (2:39)
• 14. Homeless (1:53)
• 15. Happyness (3:49)
• 16. Welcome Chris (3:45)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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