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White Oleander
(2002)
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Composed, Performed, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced and Edited by:
Bill Bernstein

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 29th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you regularly use nature sound effect CDs to help induce sleep and want a dreamy, aimless Thomas Newman score to serve the same purpose.

Avoid it... if, as with Newman's In the Bedroom, you tend to avoid lifeless orchestral film scores that blur the lines between music and ambient sound design.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,044
WRITTEN 9/25/03, REVISED 2/23/09
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White Oleander: (Thomas Newman) When Janet Fitch's best-selling novel became one of Oprah's Book Club selections, you had the feeling that the sharp, introspective drama would eventually make its way onto the big screen. The tale of a troubled teen whose single mother is jailed, White Oleander depicts a foster child's nightmare, being passed between hideous potential mothers before finally finding a comfortable place, ironically, with a foster father. The film is an exhibit of female behavior at its strongest and weakest, best and worst, and it was salvaged from the enormous pile of average, tear-jerking arthouse dramas by the strength of its own A-list cast. It was also the directorial debut for British stage and television director Peter Kosminsky, who decided to immediately jump on the popular arthouse scoring bandwagon by pursuing composer Thomas Newman for a role in the production. As a project requiring a modern, personal touch, White Oleander was a perfect match for Newman, who was known for scoring heavy, female-driven dramas in a dynamic range from Little Women to Erin Brockovich. Fans of the orchestral half of Newman's career had seen the composer switch from his mid-1990's sensibilities back to the more experimental, synthesized sounds of his roots. It was American Beauty and all of that film's success that brought Newman's often wacky choice of instrumentation into this in-demand style for low budget productions. From television commercials to temp track rip-offs, Newman managed to start a three-year trend with this style of worldly minimalism, and it was exactly that kind of sound that Kosminsky seemed to demand for White Oleander. Newman was happy to oblige, though the score represented a further shift toward ambient sound design that had dominated the insufferably sparse In the Bedroom just prior. Instead of returning to the route of the more extroverted, rhythmic styles of American Beauty or Erin Brockovich for contemporary lifestyles, Newman stays closer to the more subtle, atmospheric scores for Pay It Forward and In the Bedroom. The result is predictably underwhelming, despite whatever basic functionality Newman does achieve with his restrained soundscape.



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Average: 2.54 Stars
***** 20 5 Stars
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*** 37 3 Stars
** 46 2 Stars
* 51 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 34:38
• 1. Oleander Time (4:21)
• 2. Not My Type (2:29)
• 3. Starr (1:04)
• 4. Dürer Rabbit (1:24)
• 5. Meteor Shower (1:38)
• 6. Plain Denim Dress (2:25)
• 7. Broken People (1:53)
• 8. Fire Season (1:25)
• 9. Claire (1:15)
• 10. Rollercoaster (2:17)
• 11. Rena (1:02)
• 12. Milk Flowers (1:23)
• 13. La Puta Del Diablo (1:26)
• 14. Bullet (0:49)
• 15. DMSO (2:20)
• 16. Uncle Ray (0:50)
• 17. Every Insult (1:11)
• 18. Shadow Puppet (1:59)
• 19. White Oleander (3:19)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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