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Rebecca
(2020)
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Composed and Produced by:
Clint Mansell

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Matt Dunkley

Co-Orchestrated by:
Richard Bronskill
Mark Baechle
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(October 8th, 2020)
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Commercial digital release only.
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Buy it... if you need a moment to relax and appreciate Clint Mansell's understated, only slightly suspenseful light romance music in a blend of symphonic and contemporary styles.

Avoid it... if you expect anything about that approach from Mansell to address the period, scope, or mystery of this tale, the score a total miss even when not compared to Franz Waxman.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,989
WRITTEN 2/22/21
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Rebecca: (Clint Mansell) It had been a long time since a feature film had tackled an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's famed 1938 gothic romance thriller, most of the potential competition likely scared off by Alfred Hitchcock's award-winning 1940 telling. Few remember, however, that the actual story of "Rebecca" was impossible to show in 1940 because of censorship rules about depicting murders on screen without repercussion, which led the Hitchcock version to a more dubious narrative end. The 2020 adaptation of the tale by Ben Wheatley returns to the novel's plotline while retaining its original setting in place and time. The story tells of a random young woman who becomes the love interest and later wife of a wealthy Englishman who installs her at his Manderley estate, much to the dismay of the staff of the manor that remains partial to Rebecca, the former lady of the house. The new wife has to deal with this animosity while unravelling mysteries involving Rebecca's death, leading to some grim discoveries and the eventual destruction of the estate. While Rebecca is technically a thriller, it actually isn't that suspenseful, even with the new film aiming to bolster the supernatural element of Rebecca's haunting of Manderley. Audiences gave the movie a chance in a hybrid theatre/streaming release, but responses were muted at best. Part of the problem was, obviously, inevitable comparisons to the Hitchcock classic, especially with no modernization of the concept attempted. A rather indifferent demeanor gave Rebecca no reason to excite anyone, the rendition neither really scary or romantic, and this problem is perfectly embodied by Clint Mansell's music. The English musician had made a name for himself in Hollywood during the previous decade for his experimental scores that built upon his sound design tendencies, and he has occasionally excelled beyond these works when he ventured into broad action or fantasy. One would expect that Mansell might have been tempted to completely ignore the momentous Franz Waxman score for the 1940 film, but the opposite happened. He watched that movie with just the isolated score playing, and he marveled at the complexity of the composition. He and Wheatley decided not to attempt such a broad and extroverted tone of swirling orchestral romance. (Waxman's score is impressively adept at emulating the swells of water.) After all, in their estimation, Waxman's score was a product of its time, and modern audiences don't want to hear that. Thus, they instead get something far less effective.


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Average: 2.36 Stars
***** 4 5 Stars
**** 8 4 Stars
*** 15 3 Stars
** 24 2 Stars
* 18 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 62:17
• 1. Last Night I Dreamt I Went to Manderley Again (2:59)
• 2. Une Douzaine d'Huîtres (2:22)
• 3. Cô te d'Azur (2:46)
• 4. A Bond In Common (2:44)
• 5. Rebecca, Always Rebecca (2:59)
• 6. The Peace of Manderley (4:37)
• 7. The Shadow Between Us (4:23)
• 8. Do the Dead Come Back and Watch the Living (3:25)
• 9. The Happy Valley (3:15)
• 10. Rebecca's Room (2:18)
• 11. The Quality of Insincerity (2:36)
• 12. I Could Fight the Living But I Could Not Fight the Dead (3:41)
• 13. Je Reviens (4:07)
• 14. All Memories are Bitter (3:02)
• 15. By Night She'd Come (3:00)
• 16. The Second Mrs De Winter (2:05)
• 17. The Wings of Mercury (3:45)
• 18. I Should Never Be Rid of Rebecca (2:45)
• 19. Tell Me That You Love Me Now (2:44)
• 20. We Can Never Go Back Again (2:44)

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