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Sylvia
(2003)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Bell
Nick Ingman

Co-Produced by:
Jean-Pierre Arquié
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 18th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you regularly enjoy Gabriel Yared's consistently pleasant, harmonious, and somber underscores for moderate orchestral ensembles and solo piano.

Avoid it... if you have no interest in sinking your spirits with a dreary piece of music for a dreary movie about a dreary character.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #996
WRITTEN 11/22/03, REVISED 3/5/09
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Sylvia: (Gabriel Yared) If not for the use of arthouse venues to generate awards hopes, one really has to wonder why films like this get the green light, especially when every educated person entering the theatre knows that they will be disturbed and saddened when leaving it. The film is a true, biographical depiction of the marriage between American poet/novelist Sylvia Plath (Gwyneth Paltrow) and English poet Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig). Anyone knowledgeable about this most famous literary pairing of the 20th Century is familiar with the glorious beginning to their partnership as well as their unceremonious end. In short, after a passionate but rocky marriage, Hughes leaves Plath (who was quite neurotic to begin with) for another woman, and Plath successfully kills herself by sticking her head in a gas oven, leaving her brilliant writings and two children behind. Hughes would live another 35 years after the 1963 suicide of Plath, and he would largely be blamed for her death over the course of his own successful writing career. The film accurately follows the glum truths of Plath and Hughes' co-existence between 1956 and 1963, painfully drawing out the psychological ecstasy and devastation during lengthy sequences without dialogue. Critics hailed the film's attention to the topic (a film about Plath and Hughes was likely inevitable), but the inherently dreary nature of the story, with no redeeming grace, caused mixed audience reactions to the overall project. The intention of the film was likely to build upon the dramatic success of The Hours the previous year, a film in which another famous female author takes her life. When considering a composer for Sylvia, it would be safe to say that either Philip Glass or Gabriel Yared could provide a sufficiently classical score for the emotionally distraught illustrations. The difference between Glass and Yared, though, is that Yared seemed better equipped to convey the simple, flowing romanticism of the passionate side of the story without being inclined to convey his ideas in artistically rhythmic devices. Some mentioned at the time that Jan A. P. Kaczmarek's subtle melodrama may have been a good match for Sylvia, too. Interestingly, Yared's score for the film would package his own sensibilities with a few stylistic similarities to both Glass and Kaczmarek's mannerisms.



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Average: 3.3 Stars
***** 132 5 Stars
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Bisse Börjesson - November 12, 2004, at 8:38 a.m.
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Classically complex ideas?
Richard - November 29, 2003, at 8:40 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 46:42
• 1. Opening (2:26)
• 2. First Meeting (1:23)
• 3. Making Love (2:17)
• 4. The Cows (3:04)
• 5. The Scar (2:42)
• 6. The Marriage (1:16)
• 7. The Beach (3:33)
• 8. Seeds of Doubt (1:54)
• 9. Don't Ever Leave Me (2:04)
• 10. Devon (3:48)
• 11. Fire (4:45)
• 12. Empty Streets (3:06)
• 13. Lonely Christmas (1:05)
• 14. Last Love (1:36)
• 15. Romance (2:36)
• 16. Beethoven (1:28)
• 17. A Beautiful Dream (3:45)
• 18. Dying (3:10)

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