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The Village
(2004)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter

Violin Solos Performed by:
Hilary Hahn
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(July 27th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you succumb to the intoxicating effect of elegant solo violin performances in flowing rhythmic and enchantingly melodic duties, aided here by similarly whimsical piano and woodwind beauty to create authentic period character and subtle suspense.

Avoid it... if the score's fifteen minutes of undeniably lovely passages cannot sustain a listening experience interrupted by several horror cues of terrifying orchestral blasts on an album with poor mastering of volume levels.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #136
WRITTEN 7/23/04, REVISED 9/28/11
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The Village: (James Newton Howard) After the surprising success of The Sixth Sense, director M. Night Shyamalan continued exploring storylines of intrigue that attempt shock the viewer with significant revelations in their latter halves. His 2004 entry, The Village, was initially one of two films in 2004 originally titled "The Woods." Once again full of darkness and mysterious characters, Shyamalan's tale tells the story of rural Covington, Pennsylvania in 1897, a town of less than 100 people that is confined within its boundaries by woods inhabited by a race of "mythical creatures." While two central characters pursue romance, the restless male lead performed by Joaquin Phoenix seeks to end the town's historical policy of solitude by exploring the forest. By doing so, the delicate truce between village and forest is violated, and mysterious events begin to happen in both places. The secret of the creatures lies with the town's founders and their unusual group decision decades prior that would make current day libertarians in America thrilled by their resolve. Logical fallacies abound, but in Shyamalan's world, such practical matters are not intended to interfere with the plotline (despite the fact that they actually do). Unlike The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs, The Village represented Shyamalan's first major journey to a historical age (so to speak), and to best capture the authenticity of that era, the director again called upon composer James Newton Howard to add a touch of period mastery to his usual suspense writing for Shyamalan's films. Indeed, the closest suspense and horror collaboration in the 2000's to the classic pairing of Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann was Shyamalan and Howard, and the composer has proven to be a successful partner in bringing the right atmosphere of suspense to the table for the director's obsession with supernatural thrillers. Howard's previous three efforts in the collaboration did not gain much attention in the mainstream, though they have remained popular within the nucleus of hardcore film score collectors. The reigning triumph of the original trilogy was The Sixth Sense, both in the quality of the film and of the score, although The Village largely unseated its predecessor in terms of the allure of its music. Howard earned an Academy Award nomination for this score, likely the result of a few extremely memorable cues in which the score is presented alone in the film's sound mix, but on the whole owing to his choice to employ a virtuoso soloist to aid in the historical classicism conveyed by the setting.



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MENU Song on DVD
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Missing song?
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The Sheet Music for "The Gravel Road" can be found!
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 42:29
• 1. Noah Visits (2:35)
• 2. What Are You Asking Me? (6:01)
• 3. The Bad Color (3:57)
• 4. Those We Don't Speak Of (3:59)
• 5. Will You Help Me? (2:34)
• 6. I Cannot See His Color (1:31)
• 7. Rituals (2:01)
• 8. The Gravel Road (4:31)
• 9. Race to Resting Rock (1:16)
• 10. The Forbidden Line (2:17)
• 11. The Vote (6:03)
• 12. It Is Not Real (3:36)
• 13. The Shed Not to be Used (2:03)

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