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Vanity Fair

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Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0602498631256
Format: Soundtrack
Item Dimensions: 5050021550
Label: Decca
Languages: EnglishOriginal LanguageFrenchOriginal LanguageGermanOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Decca
MPN: 602498631256
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Decca
Release Date: August 31, 2004
Running Time: 141 minutes
Studio: Decca

Disc 1:
  1. She Walks In Beauty
  2. Exchange
  3. Becky And Amelia Leave School
  4. The Great Adventurer
  5. Becky Arrives At The Queen's Crawley
  6. Andante
  7. No Lights After Eleven
  8. Adagio
  9. I've Made Up My Mind
  10. Ride To London
  11. Becky And Rawdon Kiss
  12. Sir Pitt's Marriage Proposal
  13. I Owe You Nothing
  14. Piano For Amelia/Announcement Of Battle
  15. Time To Quit Brussels
  16. Waterloo Battlefield
  17. Amelia Refuses Dobbin/The Move To Mayfair
  18. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
  19. Steyne The Pasha
  20. El Salaam
  21. The Virtue Betrayed
  22. Rawdon's End
  23. Dobbin Leaves Amelia
  24. Vanity's Conquerer
  25. Gori Re

Editorial Review:

Vanity Fair

Product Description:
Out-of-print in the US. Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama), one of America's most popular stars unites with Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), one of the world's most acclaimed directors, to bring to the screen one of the greatest female characters ever created. The new film version of the classic novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray centers on the beautiful, funny, passionate & calculating Rebecca "Becky" Sharp. Becky, with a fine education but no inheritance to grant her security in 19th century British society, is bound & determined to be a success. Upon graduation she first works as a tutor, but seeing that the profession will lead only to degradation & low standing, she sets about utilizing her charm & attractiveness to climb the social ladder. The society she is battling is a rigid one, though, & it will take skill, luck & cleverness to achieve the social respect she so desires. Focus Features presents Vanity Fair opening September 1 at theaters nationwide (est. 800 screens). The Decca soundtrack will be released on August 31 & features original music composed by Mychael Danna (Monsoon Wedding) as well as the new song "She Walks In Beauty" performed by Scandinavian sensation Sissel, which plays over the opening credits.
William Makepeace Thackery's mid-19th-century meditation on the boundaries of class and gender gets a smartly sympathetic remake via Indian director Mira Nair and Reese Witherspoon, who imbues the story's social-climbing Becky Sharp with some of the same spunky spirit the actress brought to Legally Blonde's equally ambitious Elle. Composer Mychael Danna furthers that sense of era-bridging drama with an orchestral score that sets the story's time and place via effective pastiches of Schubert and Beethoven (that's Danna himself channeling a little Ludwig van on the evocative solo piano passages "Andante" and "Adagio"), yet often fuses them seamlessly with a modern sensibility that helps story's contemporary parallels resonate all the more. The soundtracks four songs revolve around poles of Romantic-era evocations (Danna's stately adaptations of Lord Byron's sonnet "She Walks in Beauty" and the standard "Great Adventurer") and the lively East Asian rhythms of Hakim's "El Salaam" and Mahadevan/Sharma's sprightly duet, "Gori Re." But Danna's masterful infusion of 19th century classical Romanticism with the dry, postmodern instincts of the 21st are the score's most compelling achievements, music that argues that while times and mores have changed, the human spirit remains as stubborn as ever. --Jerry McCulley

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