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Simone
(2002)
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Varèse Sarabande
(August 20th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you appreciated the quirky balance of contemporary and futuristic instrumentation in the context of the film.

Avoid it... if you're usually discouraged by the inaccessibility of Carter Burwell's constructs, which in this case are strongly informed by Thomas Newman's rhythmic devices.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,040
WRITTEN 9/29/02, REVISED 2/28/09
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Simone: (Carter Burwell) Touted as one of the 2002's potential hits on the big screen, Simone is the creative tale of Hollywood's first computer-generated actress whose digital genetics, as a twist, are unknown to the public and the industry at large. The director, played by Al Pacino, has to contend with this fraud when the actress turns out to be a smash success as a last minute replacement in one of his films. Along with the fear of discovery, the director has to deal with his own sense of reality involving the digital actress. The real director of Simone is Andrew Niccol, whose Gattaca ran along similar themes of futuristic identity, and the screenwriter's credits also include The Truman Show, leading the way for Simone to be yet another self-analyzing satire of Hollywood. The film, unfortunately, did not reach any of its expectations, and it disappeared off the radar screens during a rather slow late summer season for films. Composer Carter Burwell, whose technique of composing for a dry sense of humor (especially with so much experience with the Coen Brothers' films) is well documented, provides a similarly snazzy little score for a futuristic but still somewhat contemporary tone. The movie, while containing several tense and frustrating (if not heartbreaking) moments, required a lighter, marginally comical score. Burwell responds with music that is, at the very least, a pleasurable and consistent listening experience. He's taken some of the same light-hearted Americana spirit from his more Country-oriented works, such as The Rookie (which was maintaining a popular following in 2002), and twisted it into a postmodern, urban score with several electronic elements and a partially stocked orchestra (of less than 40 players). The quirky tone of Burwell's score is an intriguing cross between 80% of Thomas Newman's experimental rhythmic sensibilities of the era and 20% of Danny Elfman's early wackiness. And, as to be expected, Burwell's own trademark of disjointed progressions gives the score a slightly inaccessible sound. The key to the success of Burwell's score, however, is his avoidance of the cold postmodern style that Michael Nyman used for Gattaca and instead utilizes a necessary and consistent rhythm of minimal funk in order to keep this film in its satirical mode of operation.



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VIEWER RATINGS
211 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.57 Stars
***** 27 5 Stars
**** 31 4 Stars
*** 39 3 Stars
** 53 2 Stars
* 61 1 Stars
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Choral music - it is Georges Delerue score
Demetris Christodoulides - July 23, 2003, at 2:08 a.m.
1 comment  (2568 views)
The Choral Music   Expand >>
Charles - February 7, 2003, at 8:56 p.m.
3 comments  (3780 views)
Newest: May 2, 2004, at 4:36 p.m. by
Demetris Christodoulides
Simone
J Webb - January 24, 2003, at 7:30 p.m.
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WHat is the name of the choral music ?
HelpMe - November 21, 2002, at 6:06 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 41:05
• 1. Nicola Walks (1:35)
• 2. The Perfect Marriage (1:32)
• 3. Sorry (2:08)
• 4. Not Him (0:52)
• 5. Welcome to Simone (3:30)
• 6. Dark (Very) (1:08)
• 7. Captive (0:50)
• 8. Hollywood Love (2:14)
• 9. Enomis (1:41)
• 10. Presidential Suite (0:49)
• 11. No One to Kill (0:49)
• 12. Splendid Decay (5:00)
• 13. $$ (2:03)
• 14. No Thanks (0:40)
• 15. Off the Records (2:04)
• 16. Virtually Forever (3:30)
• 17. Surprise Visit (1:04)
• 18. I am Simone (2:22)
• 19. Killing Simone (6:22)
• 20. Simone Two (0:44)

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