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Vanity Fair
(2004)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd

Primary Vocals by:
Sissel
Custer LaRue
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(August 31st, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are invigorated by playful, classically-inclined period scores, a tone merged here with Mychael Danna's orchestrally dramatic and romantic mode.

Avoid it... if you were mesmerized by the mysterious but beautiful Sissel performance of one of the score's themes in the film and are hoping for more of the same elegance spread throughout the rest of Danna's score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #388
WRITTEN 8/20/04, REVISED 10/5/11
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Vanity Fair: (Mychael Danna) Modern moviegoers may not realize the lengthy history of the "Vanity Fair" story on screens big and small; the classic novel by William Makepeace Thackeray had been translated to the big screen six times by 2000, but four of those films were produced in the silent era and the two others were viewed in the 1930's. Three different television mini-series have been inspired by the tale, the most notable of which being a 6-part series on BBC and A&E in 1998. After a long silence from the major studios, everyone spoke out about Vanity Fair at once in 2002, with two concurrent and separate recreations of the tale announced for major production. Through delays and backlot maneuverings, however, only one of the two films was ever made, and despite significant talk about the film being a Cannes-type of limited release, Vanity Fair was finally chosen to receive a wide release for September of 2004. That decision was ultimately a mistake, however, as the movie suffered mixed reviews and failed to recoup its budget during its theatrical run. The story of Vanity Fair follows the ambitions of Becky Sharp, a clever girl born into the lower classes of England during the early years of the 19th Century. She uses her intelligence as well as her allure to climb the social ladder and creates ripples in a society not quite ready to handle her soap opera methodology. Issues of the money of her potential suitors and friends, as well as love triangles left and right, create an environment in which any modern man will wilt. Director Mira Nair of India is recognized for her narratives and documentaries about world cultures, and for Vanity Fair, she reunited with composer Mychael Danna, whose more distinct career efforts at the time included Nair's Monsoon Wedding. Danna is no stranger to writing music for varied cultures and historical settings, and his diverse talents would be well suited for Vanity Fair. The composer's approach to the film, not surprisingly, revolved around the idea of classical structure, but rather than allowing an inherent stuffiness to prevail in his music, Danna manages to emulate the personality of the primary character and thus move the score at his own playful pace.



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mrutyunjay - April 8, 2008, at 1:35 a.m.
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Title of score played during credits?
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Sounds like one of the most interesting scores this year   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 46:24
• 1. She Walks in Beauty - performed by Sissel (2:01)
• 2. Exchange (2:13)
• 3. Becky and Amelia Leave School (1:28)
• 4. The Great Adventurer - performed by Custer LaRue (2:05)
• 5. Becky Arrives at Queen's Crawley (1:46)
• 6. Andante (1:10)
• 7. No Lights After Eleven (2:51)
• 8. Adagio (1:37)
• 9. I've Made Up My Mind (0:29)
• 10. Ride to London (2:05)
• 11. Becky and Rawdon Kiss (2:00)
• 12. Sir Pitt's Marriage Proposal (1:41)
• 13. I Owe You Nothing (1:17)
• 14. Piano for Amelia/Announcement of Battle (3:16)
• 15. Time to Quit Brussels (2:41)
• 16. Waterloo Battlefield (1:31)
• 17. Amelia Refuses Dobbin/The Move to Mayfair (2:08)
• 18. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal - performed by Custer LaRue (2:48)
• 19. Steyne the Pasha (1:13)
• 20. El Salaam - performed by Hakim (1:36) • 21. The Virtue Betrayed (0:39)
• 22. Rawdon's End (0:50)
• 23. Dobbin Leaves Amelia (1:07)
• 24. Vanity's Conqueror (1:15)
• 25. Gori Re - performed by Shankar Mahadevan and Richa Sharma (4:26)

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