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Varèse Album
French Album
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
William Craft

Orchestrated by:
Lawrence Ashmore
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Varèse Sarabande
(December 8th, 1992)

Warner France
(December 1st, 1992)
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The Varèse Sarabande album was a regular U.S. release, but fell quickly out of print. The French Warner album (WEA 9031-77338) with identical music is also out of print. Both were released in December of 1992.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the melodramatic power of Patrick Doyle's solid classical style of grand thematic structures and immense orchestral harmony.

Avoid it... if that same power and consistency from Doyle begins to lose its edge because all of his like-minded scores sound similar to you.
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WRITTEN 7/1/03, REVISED 4/3/09
Indochine: (Patrick Doyle) In late 1992, theatres around the world were buzzing with the French film Indochine, a love story set during the dangerous final years of the French occupation of Vietnam. The film won the Academy Award for "Best Foreign Language Film," gaining a substantial audience in America as well. Director Régis Wargnier's vision for the film was one of immense visual and aural beauty, with the drama of the story serving alongside an overwhelming artistic canvas for the senses. The wide-ranging depiction of Vietnam in the 1930's was so thorough that the setting was both the film's greatest strength and its most problematic weakness, at times distracting from the love story that remains the production's most compelling attraction. The director had heard Patrick Doyle's grand score for Henry V and was interested in a similar sound for Indochine. When Wargnier showed up at Doyle's door to hear a sample of what the composer could provide for the film, the funny circumstances of the day had required Doyle to record his ideas on a Fisher Price children's cassette recorder; despite Doyle's embarrassment over the situation, Wargnier and the producers were impressed and the composer was set to go. The director and the studio were so concerned about the appropriate sound for the film that they had set aside one of the largest music budgets ever for a French film. With that money, Doyle was able to boost the number of musicians from a typical recording by expanding the string section for greater resonance during his statements of melodramatic theme. A total of 120 musicians would eventually contribute to the score for Indochine, creating a depth in drama that very much pleased both Wargnier and audiences. Following the success of the score, Doyle's effort was nominated for a César award that year (though despite its strong chances, it failed to pick up the Academy Award nomination that many suspected it could earn). On album, the score would be distributed separately in Europe and United States, and for Doyle, who was still relatively fresh onto the scoring scene in 1992, Indochine was an excellent addition to an already promising resume. The success of this score was due, as expected, to Doyle's usual sense of romanticism that dominates the work.

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Average: 3.94 Stars
***** 284 5 Stars
**** 165 4 Stars
*** 64 3 Stars
** 43 2 Stars
* 56 1 Stars
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The complete score on youtube
PeterK - February 7, 2012, at 5:13 p.m.
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Ellen - August 8, 2006, at 7:45 p.m.
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This review makes me even more look forward to hear that score in a couple of days! *NM*
Christian Kühn - July 22, 2003, at 11:15 a.m.
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Audio Samples   ▼
Both Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 52:25
• 1. The Adoption (3:50)
• 2. The Burning Boat (1:19)
• 3. First Rendezvous (1:22)
• 4. We're Two People (3:06)
• 5. The Thunderstorm (3:46)
• 6. Isle of the Dragon (1:39)
• 7. Exodus (1:21)
• 8. Camille's Journey (2:28)
• 9. Journey's End (5:16)
• 10. The Escape (4:18)
• 11. The Decision (2:18)
• 12. The Road to China (0:55)
• 13. Birth and Revolution (1:53)
• 14. Vietnamese Mothers (1:00)
• 15. The Coffin (1:11)
• 16. Eliane Finds Camille (2:57)
• 17. I No Longer Have a Past (2:31)
• 18. Indochine (4:28)
• 19. Tango (3:40)
• 20. Yvette's Waltz (1:28)
• 21. The Last Rhumba (1:26)

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The inserts of both albums contain information about the composer, score, and film. Patrick Doyle said the following about this score:

    "When I have an idea for a melody I tape it on a cassette, played on the piano, and work it out on sheet paper. But on one day the cassette recorder fell off my desk and broke. I picked up my little daughter's Fisher Price toy cassette recorder and taped a tune one day. And that day film director Regis Wargnier was at the door to listen to some of the music that I just had written for Indochine. But letting him in, I had forgotten that I had the Fisher Price on my desk...He was laughing. 'Are you telling me that you are recording the score for Indochine on a Fisher Price?'...I was embarrassed and refused to play it for him. But he wanted to hear it. It was not bad after all. He told me, 'Let's play and record the rest of the things you wrote for the film so far on the Fisher Price for the film producers in Paris. They are very serious people! They have dollar signs in their eyes. Let's do it for fun.' So I played it on the piano and we taped it. The next day Regis called me and said: 'They like the Fisher Price.'"

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