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Quills
(2000)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Nick Ingman

Co-Orchestrated by:
Andrew Green
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RCA Victor/BMG
(November 21st, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want a touch of class to go with your serving of insanity, Stephen Warbeck's music for this film a roller coaster ride of mostly insufferable, challenging ideas meant to represent madness and sexual deviancy.

Avoid it... if you have small children in your home and wish to remain lucid and cognizant until they reach adulthood, at which point you can pray that they will never love this score.
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WRITTEN 2/29/12
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Quills: (Stephen Warbeck) It's safe to say that the 2000 film Quills is probably the worst "date movie" to ever exist. Even mentally impure viewers with a sickly morbid and perverted sense of humor might have trouble digesting the grotesquely horrific dramatization of the life and death of controversial French writer Marquis de Sade in Quills. Not much was to be liked about de Sade as a person, though his confinement in the aftermath of the French Revolution and continued writing of provocative stories and plays made him into something of a legend. The movie, directed by Philip Kaufman in his decline, absolutely butchered the facts of de Sade's life in the process of over-emphasizing the man's extreme sexual deviancy and arguably insane mannerisms. Glamorizing the end of his life, Quills depicts the author's crazed interactions (conveyed with zeal by Geoffrey Rush) with the administrator and laundry girl of his insane asylum, using the latter to smuggle out his manuscripts to an eager public. The government, meanwhile, sends an enforcer to the asylum to silence "the Marquis" but he ultimately proves just a demented and has sexual issues of his own. Not immune to carnal tensions are the aforementioned administrator and the laundress, played by Joaquin Phoenix and Kate Winslet, the pair suffering passions unrealized until one graphically fantasizes about fornicating with the dead corpse of the other. Rush's performance of de Sade includes extraordinary body mutilation and fecal depravity, concluding with a completely fabricated, shocking death scene. Aside from strong acting performances and the usual technical prowess of these costume dramas, there's really no reason to witness Quills if not for what Time magazine labeled as its "vulgarly unamusing soft-gore porn." An understandable choice to score the film was Stephen Warbeck, whose ability to provide adequate to exemplary music for these period circumstances was affirmed by an Academy Award win for Shakespeare in Love two years prior. As one would expect, he brought his recognizable classical sensibilities to Quills, but not in the kind of package you would expect to hear. Warbeck indeed uses familiar tones to address the period of the tale (though the ethnicity of the score is still rooted in British and Celtic flavors rather than French) and the religious component, but from there he goes as wild as the script with experimental instrumentation and frighteningly alienating material that would, in a creative sense, make Thomas Newman proud. Unfortunately, the resulting score as a whole is completely insufferable, lacking any cohesive element to collect these disparate parts into a meaningful narrative.

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Total Time: 43:04
• 1. The Marquis and the Scaffold (3:08)
• 2. The Abbe and Madelaine (2:19)
• 3. The Convent (2:22)
• 4. Plans for a Burial (1:17)
• 5. Dream of Madelaine (4:41)
• 6. Royer-Collard and Bouchon (4:15)
• 7. Aphrodisiac (2:59)
• 8. The Last Story (7:35)
• 9. The Marquis' Cell at Charenton (4:37)
• 10. The End: A New Manuscript (7:31)
• 11. The Printing Press (2:24)

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The insert includes a short note from the composer about the score.
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