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Agora
(2009)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Benjamin Wallfisch

Additional Music by:
Lucio Godoy
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
WEA/Warner Music Spain
(October 6th, 2009)
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Regular Spanish release, available as an import in America for an initial price of about $30.
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Buy it... if you appreciated Dario Marianelli's super-popular scores for period romance dramas like Pride & Prejudice and Atonement but have waited to hear him apply that tragic romanticism to the impressively massive orchestral scale of V for Vendetta and The Brothers Grimm.

Avoid it... if you simply cannot accept the application of stereotypical wailing female vocals and regional flutes in an obvious sonic battle against Latin chanting and orchestral bombast for the war between pagan knowledge and Christian fervor at the time of the Roman Empire's collapse, even if these elements are masterfully employed.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,263
WRITTEN 1/20/10
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Agora: (Dario Marianelli) The most watched Spanish film of 2009, grossing over $30 million in its first three months of theatrical release, Agora was an ambitious production financed with $75 million in part from that country's leading cable television film studio. Oscar-winning director and co-writer Alejandro Amenabar submitted Agora to the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and subsequently at the Toronto International Film Festival but ran into poor audience response at both. The challenges facing the film were two-fold; first, it was too ambitious in the scope of its narrative, exploring far too many intriguing lines of thought that are never fully realized. Secondly, Agora has also been protested by a notable religious lobby for "promoting hatred of Christians," an understandably inevitable reaction to the film's historical depiction about the fall of the Roman Empire and the mass loss of knowledge in Alexandria that resulted from the Christian fervor of the 4th Century. As Christianity spawned religious warfare at the time, much of the world's scientific knowledge, maintained by pagan intellectuals and philosophers in the city's central library, was destroyed because it refuted the growing power of religious doctrine. Among the leading minds of the library was Hypatia, a female astronomer who devoted her life to the study of celestial orbits. Because she challenged the notion that the sun revolved around the Earth, she was seen by Christian mobs as being a responsible party in the religious turmoil at the time and executed. There is no doubt that Amenabar intended for the film to be statement about the importance of intelligent logic, philosophical curiosity, and compassion across societal and religious boundaries. Aside from the offense that this emphasis has caused to the box office viability of Agora, the movie also suffered at times from questionable leaps in the narrative, shoddy interior sets, and a lack of spark between the lead actors. Still, the film was meant to be an epic of the highest order, its somewhat restrictive budget perhaps making it more suitable for a television-only release. One area in which there was no inhibition in scope was in the music provided by Italian Academy Award winner Dario Marianelli. For enthusiasts of the young composer's launch to fame throughout the 2000's, Agora represented Marianelli's overdue return to the realm of magnificent orchestral force.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 56:45
• 1. Have You Ever Asked Yourselves? (2:51)
• 2. Alexandra (2:07)
• 3. The Miracle of the Bread (4:22)
• 4. Thinking Aloud (2:25)
• 5. Orestes' Offering (2:00)
• 6. An Insult to the Gods (1:04)
• 7. What Do the Skies See? (4:37)
• 8. Aristarchus the Visionary (3:04)
• 9. The Library Falls (2:39)
• 10. Two Hundred Thousand Books (6:06)
• 11. The Rule of the Parabalani (2:02)
• 12. A Boat Experiment (3:57)
• 13. If I Could Just Unravel This (2:59)
• 14. As Christian As You Are (1:55)
• 15. Ungodliness and Witchcraft (3:01)
• 16. The Truth is Elliptical (5:03)
• 17. Hypatia's Last Walk (2:33)
• 18. The Skies Do Not Fall (4:10)

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The insert includes notes from the composer and director, as well as a synopsis of the film, though all are in Spanish.
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