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The Shape of Water
(2017)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Conducted by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jean-Pascal Beintus
Nicolas Charron
Sylvain Morizet

Co-Conducted and Produced by:
Dominique Lemonnier

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca Records
(December 8th, 2017)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Winner of an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA Award. Nominated for two Grammy Awards (for score and the individual track, "The Shape of Water").
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Buy it... if you are an established enthusiast of Alexandre Desplat's remarkably precise methodology and consistently appreciate his sometimes quirky but affable romantic side.

Avoid it... if your brain cannot reconcile why a composer would provide a delightful, European romance score in an American fantasy environment, Desplat's usual mannerisms causing a potentially major disconnect for some listeners here.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,696
WRITTEN 2/3/18
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The Shape of Water: (Alexandre Desplat) As evidenced by the most popular of classic movie poster art, the cynical and perverted movie-goers enthralled by the old monster movies of the 1950's and 1960's always wondered why the grotesque villains of such fantasy tales couldn't at least sometimes get the girl in the end. After all, don't most of these monsters simply need laid? Director Guillermo del Toro concocted a story of essentially such postulation, humanizing the monster and creating a fairy tale environment in which such a creature could win the hearts of the lead actress and audiences alike. His very highly acclaimed 2017 film, The Shape of Water, explores the possibility that the American military captured the "creature from the black lagoon" in 1962 and proceeded to poke and prod the monster until its inevitable execution for further biological study. A mute female janitor at the military facility, Elisa, teams up with friends to help the creature escape after she bonds with him, all the while eluding another layer of intrigue in the form of Soviet espionage. It's a highly romantic, touching depiction of content otherwise perfect for an "X-Files" episode, and del Toro pulls it off with the help of masterful performances and gorgeously vivid production design. The director had collaborated with numerous Hollywood A-list composers through the years, but he struck a new relationship with French master Alexandre Desplat for this topic, infusing an inevitably European sense of romanticism into the story. Desplat enjoyed a highly varied year of production in 2017, the duo of Suburbicon and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets further exposing his immensely diverse talents at stylized drama and mammoth fantasy. Certainly, his music for The Shape of Water will land best of the three with mainstream audiences and awards bodies, aided by a number of high-profile source placements. Among these borrowings is the classic song, "You'll Never Know," from the 1943 film, Hello, Frisco, Hello, re-recorded by Desplat with legendary opera singer Renee Fleming. A number of other romantically-inclined songs of the era are sourced throughout, and the album release for The Shape of Water supplies these generously at the end of the presentation.



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253 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.47 Stars
***** 57 5 Stars
**** 75 4 Stars
*** 68 3 Stars
** 36 2 Stars
* 17 1 Stars
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Magical and marvelous score.
Jonathan Gabriel Irons - February 5, 2018, at 5:07 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 77:02
• 1. The Shape of Water (3:43)
• 2. You'll Never Know - performed by Renee Fleming (4:38)
• 3. The Creature (1:47)
• 4. Elisa's Theme (2:37)
• 5. Fingers (2:09)
• 6. Spy Meeting (1:43)
• 7. Elisa and Zelda (1:10)
• 8. Five Stars General (1:32)
• 9. The Silence of Love (1:35)
• 10. Egg (2:14)
• 11. That Isn't Good (1:44)
• 12. Underwater Kiss (2:12)
• 13. The Escape (10:58)
• 14. Watching Ruth (2:18)
• 15. Decency (2:23)
• 16. He's Coming For You (1:40)
• 17. Overflow of Love (2:56)
• 18. Without You (2:31)
• 19. Rainy Day (3:13)
• 20. A Princess Without a Voice (1:50)
• 21. La Javanaise - performed by Madeleine Peyroux (4:11)
• 22. I Know Why (And So Do You) - performed by The Glenn Miller Orchestra (3:00)
• 23. Chica Chica Boom Chic - performed by Carmen Miranda (2:19)
• 24. Babalu - performed by Caterina Valente and Silvio Francesco (2:52)
• 25. A Summer Place - performed by Andy Williams (2:34)
• 26. You'll Never Know (Alternate Version) - performed by Renee Fleming (6:50)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive credits and a note from the composer about the score.
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