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Requiem for a Dream (2000 Film) [Soundtrack]

Clint Mansell Audio CD
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1. Summer Overture
2. Party
3. Coney Island Dreaming
4. Party
5. Chocolate Charms
6. Ghosts of Things to Come
7. Dreams
8. Tense
9. Dr. Pill
10. High on Life
11. Ghosts
12. Crimin' & Dealin'
13. Hope Overture
14. Tense
15. Bialy & Lox Conga
16. Cleaning Apartment
17. Ghosts-Falling
18. Dreams
19. Arnold
20. Marion Barfs
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Mansell previously worked with director Darren Aronofsky on Pi where the electronica was powerfully raw. Enlisting the Kronos Quartet, this is proof of a far more intellectual process to create a through-scored piece. Both on screen and album, the music undergoes a perceivable development. Here it is given three sections ("Summer", "Fall" and "Winter"), and therefore attempts an almost symphonic form. "Summer Overture" introduces a repeatedly impressive central motif. The quartet excels in its sawing performance of it, and by the time of the first of two congas closing this initial seasonal section, you'll be prepared for the unexpected explosions of dissonance to follow. The final third ("Winter") puts a new motif through inventive stages of growth. From "Southern Hospitality" to "Meltdown" the sampled strings incessantly build in pitch until the desired unnerving effect has been well and truly achieved. This is music to match the most unshakeably nightmarish of dreams. --Paul Tonks

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Writer/director Darren Aronofsky follows up his critically-acclaimed feature debut "Pi", with REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, adapted from the 1978 novel by celebrated author Hubert Selby, Jr. (Last Exit to Brooklyn). Set in the rusted mean streets of Coney Island, Brooklyn, the film is a harrowing journey into the psyches of four human beings addicted to their visions of a happier life. The delusions fostered by drug use cause them to deny reality until they are eye to eye with their worst nightmares. The film stars Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans and Jennifer Connally, and is released by Artisan Entertainment (Blair Witch Project, Buena Vista Social Club). The music for REQUIEM is by Clint Mansell - originally the front man for the pioneering English band Pop Will Eat Itself - who composed the noted original score for Pi. Mainly electronic, it includes string quartet performances by the Kronos Quartet.

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3.0 out of 5 stars powerful stuff Jan. 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a good soundtrack no doubt, but the music just doesn't have the same impact on the eardrum and soul when it's separated from the graphic images from the film (which by the way remain scorched onto my retina to this day). Still, it's some intense classical if there's such a thing. Just don't play it for your girlfriend if you're trying to cheer her up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Requiem for an Idea Jan. 26 2001
By bridget
Format:Audio CD
After seeing the film, I rushed out to buy this cd, because I felt that the music was such an important aspect of the emotional impact the movie had. That coupled with the fact that I thought that the pi soundtrack was brilliant, as well as being a fairly big fan of PWEI, I figured that this would be a no-brainer great purchase.
I was actually somewhat disappointed that the tracks with the Quartet were few, and also very short. One thing about this soundtrack that makes it drop a few notches to 3 stars is the fact that the songs are set up exactly as they are in the film...Now, this is a neat concept, arranging a soundtrack in an identical manner to how it appears in the film, but I think it would have benefited more from having had some extended versions of some of the songs.
The first and last few songs are amazing, but there's 20 someodd tracks of repetitive music in between, that while still good, doesn't capture the same intensity, or provoke the same reaction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Accompaniment to Your Own Dark Dreams June 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
In the spirit of Laurie Anderson and John Cage, Clint Mansell makes his own minimalist statement here. He provides the perfect mentalscape for a movie which twitches and writhes, boogies at times, rolls and gently rocks. Dark night of the soul stuff, but also choppily foreward bound. The main theme is entirely memorable and will be repeating itself in your head for days, weeks, years to come!
Kudos of course to the always on the mark Kronos Quartet. What can't these musicians play? If this is your initiation into their music, you must check out their huge output of CDs, everything ranging from traditional African music, baroque, to the most progressive modern composers. They are one of our national treasures!
If you're prone to nightmares, however, you might want to play this CD in the light of day, not the really early AM hours. Like the movie, it has a certain fatalistic quality about it. Suicide Hotline soundtrack, perhaps? For that matter, if you're feeling down in the dumps, don't go near the movie, either. It will just convince you that there is no point. Hang it up!
But if the life force is with you and you actually enjoy a little melancholy edge now and again, this may very well be your background music!
BEK
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5.0 out of 5 stars FEEL THE ~TENSION~ April 4 2004
By Mr D.
Format:Audio CD
There is no doubt that some wonderful, sometimes unusual music is composed merely to accompany and enhance the visual experience of a movie. Seldom is the music noticed and when the music is so memorable that, on even rarer moments when it is noticed and appreciated, it still is often forgotten by the end of the movie.
I do this, everybody does this, it's human nature, however there have been a very few movies where I was so taken by the music, that I made a mental note to follow up on the score. This is one of those truly outstanding creations, in which, Clint Mansill and The Kronos Quartet have created an exceptional score for the movie Requiem For A Dream, a tour de force of movie soundtracks.
After reading a wonderful review of the movie. I was reminded how much I loved the soundtrack. No it's not for everyday listening but when listening to, one cannot help be dragged back to the movie, which was both a wonderful and horrible movie. The music was that powerful. The association between the music and the movie are inseparable.
Yes there are numerous very helpful, five star reviews of this album already in the data base but I figure if Evanescence can have seventeen hundred plus reviews, one more for Requiem for a Dream, won't hurt.
This soundtrack is both subtle and powerful and I guess I should add brilliant. It is subtle in that it compliments the movie perfectly, never taking over but always augmenting the story. It is powerful because the music imbues itself into your consciousness, so when you hear it you can't help but think of the movie. Brilliant in it's simplicity, being a simple refrain which is the underlying melody for the whole soundtrack. To the basic melody Mansill varies length and musical instruments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars trippy Oct. 10 2003
By chad
Format:Audio CD
the movie is awsome and a true one for someone who has witnessed the negitive efects of drugs. but the sound track is awsome because when yo uare in an altered state of mind its the trippiest thing in the world. but enough about me se yeah later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good score Sept. 20 2003
By Roland
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack has great expressive capability, due to the
ability of the Kronos Quartet. Although somewhat of a Philip Glass rip off, Mansell deserves attention for his effective application of minimalist styles in his compositions.
Overall, this is a solid, worthy score.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Aug. 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
I give it a generous 4 stars because yes, I DO like this music very much. However, they left out arguably the MOST IMPORTANT piece...the "warm up" of Kronos Quartet that can be heard in the beginning of the movie when Harry goes home to take his mom's television. They later play that when Ty meets Brody.
It's totally integral to the movie. Without it, the CD is not a true reflection of what the movie represents. At least, that's the way I see it.
In addition, I think the music in the film is more enjoyable than simply hearing it on CD without the visuals.
However, this CD does not contain any more music than you hear in the film. This is not the CD to Gattaca, where there are full orchestrations. Requiem for a Dream CD contains "snippets" as short as those you hear in the film.
Enjoyable, although a bit lacking unfortunately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insane...
Crazy movie. Crazy book. Crazy soundtrack. I'm still reading the book, but I'm in love with the movie and soundtrack. I'm all about Darren Aronofsky. Pi is genious. Read more
Published on May 30 2004 by Lokiara
5.0 out of 5 stars Desires More
This is one of the few CD's that I own that I never get tired of listening to. The only problem lies with the fact that the songs are excruciatingly short. Read more
Published on March 8 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars high music
While a i was watching the movie i thought "i gotta buy this soundtrack" and i did. The music in the CD appears just like in the movie and that's the problem, you won't find a full... Read more
Published on July 10 2003 by Aleynad26
4.0 out of 5 stars This Isn't Your Mother's Dinner Music
Musically, the C.D. is an artistic and poignant merging of quality classical and electronica music. The Kronos String Quartet is known for both its fecundity and contemporary... Read more
Published on May 6 2003 by hominuslupus
5.0 out of 5 stars See the movie first then you'll realize how great this is
One thing in the movie that caught my attention besides the acting was the soundtrack. This thing truely captures the emotion and sadness of the film. Read more
Published on April 21 2003 by S. Chamberlain
4.0 out of 5 stars See the Film first
How can you refuse a CD with a track entitled "Marion Barfs?"
Those who have seen and are familiar with the film will find the music a powerful reminder of the anguish of the... Read more
Published on March 9 2003 by Greg Hirst
4.0 out of 5 stars =D
The movie is amazing, and if you haven't seen it, this album probably won't mean as much to you. That put aside, this is a great album. Read more
Published on March 9 2003 by Brett See
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Interesting . . .
I saw the movie itself about a month ago and, though I think I liked it (still not quite sure), the music was what really struck me. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2003 by EmilyMacP
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