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Snow Falling on Cedars
(1999)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Decter
Jeff Atmajian

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(December 7th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the finer and less obvious atmospheric aspects of James Newton Howard's weighty dramatic style.

Avoid it... if the understatement of the score's cello and shakuhachi solos, along with the restraint of the ethnic percussion, synthetic bass, and chorus, leaves you wanting more readily accessible performances by those elements.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #289
WRITTEN 11/29/99, REVISED 8/27/07
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Snow Falling on Cedars: (James Newton Howard) A loyal and critically acclaimed adaptation of David Guterson's best-selling novel to the big screen, Scott Hicks' Snow Falling on Cedars tells of a forbidden love story against the backdrop of a courtroom drama and the Japanese internment camps of World War II. The story addresses several lines of investigation, including the injustice of the internments, a specific murder mystery, culture clashes, and the conscience of a reporter inextricably involved in all of those elements. The story essentially boils down to a "right and wrong choice" for the reporter, forced to choose whether or not to reveal evidence that would exonerate the husband of a woman he once lost. One of the best qualities of the film, and the reason for its success, is its ability to shift through time seamlessly, with countless flashbacks shifting in ways that don't hinder the flow of the story. Also of note in Snow Falling on Cedars is the stark beauty of its photography, with a visually stunning style complimenting James Newton Howard's intelligently delicate score to tantalize the senses. Howard, who had progressed through several darker, arguably less popular scores at the time of Snow Falling on Cedars, was thought to have a legitimate chance at an Oscar nomination with this score. That nomination never materialized, and while most of that fact is likely due to the film's less than anticipated awards showing on the whole, the score simply didn't contain a flashy enough personality, even in a weighty dramatic sense, to woo voters. While retaining parts of the gothic styles heard in a few of his other works at the time, Howard provides a heavily ethnic and sorrowful tone for this introspective score. Relaxing by nature and consistent in its deep sensitivity, the lengthy album for Snow Falling on Cedars was one of the better atmospheric endeavors of 1999, and a highlight of Howard's works of the late 90's. Collectors of the composer will immediately recognize the highlight cue, "Tarawa," and will cherish it on any collection of the composer's works. Those collectors would also hear several techniques that Howard would later explore in his scores for M. Night Shyamalan films of the 2000's.



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Average: 3.53 Stars
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Reminds of Beyond Rangoon
Gashoe13 - August 31, 2011, at 5:55 a.m.
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This is my most frequently listened to score
David - July 27, 2008, at 1:18 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 67:30
• 1. Lost in the Fog (2:59)
• 2. Carl's Fishing Net (2:52)
• 3. Moran Finds the Boat (1:12)
• 4. Hatsue and Ishmael Kiss (1:42)
• 5. Kendo (0:51)
• 6. Driftwood Hideaway (1:49)
• 7. The Strawberry Field (3:54)
• 8. The Worst Kind of News (1:07)
• 9. Seven Acres (1:53)
• 10. The German Soldier (3:13)
• 11. Snowstorm (1:53)
• 12. Coast Guard Report (3:13)
• 13. Typeset (1:39)
• 14. The Evacuation (6:34)
• 15. Courtroom Montage (1:34)
• 16. Susan Marie Remembers (1:36)
• 17. The Defense (1:46)
• 18. Snow Drive (1:29)
• 19. Typing (1:41)
• 20. Tarawa (4:09)
• 21. The Battery (0:46)
• 22. Carl and Kazuo Negotiate (1:44)
• 23. Humanity Goes on Trial (4:47)
• 24. New Evidence (1:23)
• 25. Snow Angels (2:30)
• 26. Can I Hold You Now? (4:47)
• 27. End Titles (6:14)

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