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A Very Long Engagement
(2004)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Angelo Badalamenti

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Phil Marshall
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Nonesuch Records
(December 7th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can relax to consistently dramatic, somber string writing that reflects Angelo Badalamenti's usual brooding methods in a fashion respectful and dignified, lonely and depressing.

Avoid it... if you prefer not to spend your day envisioning a funeral procession, no matter how beautiful the music may be.
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WRITTEN 2/4/05, REVISED 10/24/11
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A Very Long Engagement: (Angelo Badalamenti) Met with critical praise across the world, A Very Long Engagement is the 2004 film adaptation of the Sebastien Japrisot novel about love lost during the height of the first World War. The film reunites director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and lead actress Audrey Tatou from 2001's Amelie and tells the sweeping tale of a young woman who distrusts her government's insistence that her fiancee was court-martialed and sent to the front lines of the war for what would likely mean a certain death. She launches herself on her own lengthy investigation, allowing the audience to live through the trauma of loss as she pieces the truth together, and the film's main appeal exists in the scenery that contributed to the film's sizable budget. Recognition of the merits of A Very Long Engagement, an arthouse entry of a limited appeal but enjoying a lasting reputation of strength, extended almost immediately to composer Angelo Badalamenti's score for the project. Ever the experimenter, Badalamenti is best known for his collaboration with director David Lynch and all of the bizarre results that are usually spawned from Lynch films. His sense of brooding is almost unmatched, a master of maintaining extremely depressing textures highlighted sometimes by darkly melodramatic themes. On the surface, Badalamenti would be a curious, if not risky choice for a film with the traditional emotional weight of A Very Long Engagement, for the composer's works are also often punctuated by synthetic tones not congruent with a period film. Despite his orchestrally inclined scores for a handful of better known projects (Cousins and The Straight Story), it is outlandish or dazed music such as Blue Velvet and Arlington Road that defines his career. Badalamenti is no stranger to foreign movies, however, which is where most of his work exists, and his involvement with A Very Long Engagement marked the second collaboration between the composer and Jeunet (the previous one being The City of Lost Children, a downbeat score punctuated by one of the saddest original songs ever to exist in a film). The accomplishment of Badalamenti for this 2004 score is significant, however, because he manages to utilize electronic tones alongside an orchestral ensemble to accentuate the mournful journey at the heart of the story without allowing the synthetic elements to disrupt the score's appropriateness.



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Average: 3.09 Stars
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joshua Christensen - March 11, 2008, at 7:20 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 47:32
• 1. Main Title/The Trenches (4:54)
• 2. First Love Touch (3:55)
• 3. Heartbeat to a Gunshot (4:28)
• 4. Mathilde's Theme (4:19)
• 5. Secret Code (5:01)
• 6. Elodie's Theme (2:44)
• 7. Kissing Through Glass (2:07)
• 8. Massage Fantasy (2:24)
• 9. Never Had the Child (2:24)
• 10. The Man from Corsica (2:42)
• 11. Our Soldiers' Letters (2:44)
• 12. Why Do You Cry? (2:18)
• 13. End Titles (6:51)

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