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War of the Buttons
(1994)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell

Performed by:
The Irish Film Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 7th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print.
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Buy it... if you are typically attracted to Rachel Portman's predictably melodic works of the 1990's and seek an entry that is a bit more instrumentally and culturally diverse than usual.

Avoid it... if no amount of additional brass or percussion on top of Portman's comfortable strings and woodwinds can convince you to give her steadily pleasant tones another chance.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #894
WRITTEN 7/20/98, REVISED 8/29/08
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War of the Buttons: (Rachel Portman) A largely unknown 1994 arthouse film, John Robert's adaptation of Louis Pergaud's novel "La Guerre des Boutons" pits two idealistic groups of young, Irish school boys against each other in spirited, foul-mouthed battle. Their outdoor adventures are realized against the backdrop of beautiful cinematography of Ireland (which is a switch from the original French locale), causing the production to serve as a true representation of the country and its beauty and culture. Rising composer Rachel Portman wrote and recorded the score with Irish players in Dublin, making the project one of convincing ethnic authenticity. Portman was in the process of bursting into the American mainstream while continuing her writing of lesser-known dramas back in Europe. Her score for The Joy Luck Club had been met with a chorus of cheers from the film score community the previous year, and her concurrent efforts for Only You would prove to define the composer from that year forward as a regular expert of lush, romantic music for the big screen. Her styles are typically easily recognizable and frightfully consistent (especially for those who believe that one score of hers is more than enough of a sampling from all of them), but War of the Buttons stands out as a distinct piece in her career. The defining element in this particular score is the extra percussion that Portman demanded through her composition in order to adequately rumble the floor during the scenes of battle between the two groups of boys. With the settings for these confrontations often looking spectacular, the music needed to match the visuals with a similarly powerful expansive tone. Also of importance, of course, is the Irish flavor necessary for the project, and Portman handles this requirement through the usual heavy reliance on woodwinds to carry her themes. To her credit, she inserts just enough of that ethnic flavor to keep the score effective without allowing it to become burdensome to those who aren't fans of Irish-tinted music.



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Average: 3.07 Stars
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Total Time: 39:07
• 1. Front Titles (4:34)
• 2. Murphy's Dunes Mobilization (1:28)
• 3. Chasing the Fox (3:30)
• 4. Night Manoeuvres (1:18)
• 5. Battle of Murphy's Dunes (1:16)
• 6. Fergus is Captured (2:22)
• 7. Naked Battle (4:11)
• 8. Fishy's Mushrooms (1:16)
• 9. Buttons (1:29)
• 10. Battle of Bunduff Castle (7:32)
• 11. Fergus Hides in the Woods (2:09)
• 12. Helicopter Rescue (4:16)
• 13. Pillow Fight/End Titles (3:43)

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