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Shadowlands
(1994)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Angel Records
(January 25th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print and difficult to find.
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Buy it... if you can relax to unchallenging and soft romantic underscore with occasional beauty from chorus and vocal solos.

Avoid it... if the light classical nature of historical, symphonic romance music puts you to sleep.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #885
WRITTEN 4/10/97, REVISED 6/23/06
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Shadowlands: (George Fenton) Among Richard Attenborough's narrative triumphs was 1994's Shadowlands, a glimpse into the later years of admired British scholar and author C. S. Lewis. In his career of biographical storytelling, Attenborough would experience the full range of success, from the heights of Gandhi to the failures of Chaplin, and while Shadowlands is not anywhere near as well known as many of his other pictures, Attenborough's telling of the friendship and love between Lewis and American poet Joy Gresham is widely regarded as a nearly flawless film. Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger perform with heartfelt respect along with an accomplished supporting cast. Some of the lesser important facts about the lives of the two leads were altered for the purpose of pacing, but the plot stays true to the long distance friendship between poet and author that would eventually lead to marriage and the trials of illness. As usual, Attenborough's touch would lead to a film lovely in its English setting and sharp in its dialogue, but never allowing such elements to overshadow the genuine, underlying emotions of the story. Perhaps it was this plain sincerity that led to the film's box office demise, for despite the many fine qualities of Shadowlands, the film has gone largely forgotten. One of the sadly forgotten aspects of the film was George Fenton's score. The third collaboration between Fenton and Attenborough, Shadowlands would avoid many of the pitfalls of other historical English films of the early 90's. Perhaps this success in scoring was aided by the relatively recent time period of the story, though more of the credit should go to Fenton's ability to write compelling music that doesn't need much volume to be effective. To the delight of Attenborough, Fenton would record with The London Symphony Orchestra and The Choir of Magdalen College at Oxford to match the authenticity of the film's setting.



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158 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.31 Stars
***** 44 5 Stars
**** 36 4 Stars
*** 30 3 Stars
** 21 2 Stars
* 27 1 Stars
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Quiet and beautiful
thw - August 6, 2006, at 1:44 a.m.
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Excellent review for an amazing score.
Jockolantern - July 31, 2006, at 2:17 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 47:05
• 1. Veni Sancte Spiritus: Front Titles (2:19)
• 2. The Golden Valley (1:58)
• 3. Quartet in "D" (1:49)
• 4. The Wardrobe (2:39)
• 5. "The Plot Thickens" (2:33)
• 6. The Lake (3:14)
• 7. O Little Town of Bethlehem --traditional (2:42)
• 8. Once in Royal David's City (1:37)
• 9. The Friendship (2:09)
• 10. The Wedding (2:43)
• 11. Sumer is Icumen In --traditional (1:38)
• 12. The Drive to the Hotel (1:34)
• 13. The Golden Valley, Part Two (1:58)
• 14. Mr. C.S. Lewis (1:42)
• 15. Joy Goes Home (2:33)
• 16. "I'll be Here Too" (1:56)
• 17. The Silence (1:54)
• 18. "As a Boy and as a Man" (3:26)
• 19. Sanctis Solemniis (2:03)
• 20. Joy and Douglas (1:41)
• 21. Shadowlands (End Credits) (3:35)

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The insert includes a pictorial and long note from Richard Attenborough.
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