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Far From Heaven
(2002)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Emilie A. Bernstein

Piano Solos by:
Cynthia Millar

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 5th, 2002)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
Awards
AWARDS
Nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the precise and emotionally encapsulating pastoralism of intimate scores from the Golden Age, or if you consider yourself an Elmer Bernstein collector of any significant degree.

Avoid it... if you expect Bernstein's last score to exhibit one final return to the fully lush melodrama of the 1950's, a tone that the restrained environment of this film did not allow.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #303
WRITTEN 12/7/02, REVISED 3/1/09
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Far From Heaven: (Elmer Bernstein) When director Todd Haynes decided to return to the genre of 1950's melodrama in his tribute to the socially charged films of Douglas Sirk, his task of resurrecting the genre balanced delicately between the serious acclaim of a decent recreation and a potential laugher of a parody. His aim with Far From Heaven was to perfectly capture the spirit of those 1950's melodramas, complete with technically identical settings, costumes, photography, and characteristically identical values and behavior portrayed by the actors. At the same time, Haynes distinguished this 21st Century entry into the 1950's "issue dramas" by inserting issues into the authentic mix that would not have been allowed or tolerated by industry regulations of the era. Specifically, those insertions involve homosexuality and race relations in an upscale suburban setting of 1957 Connecticut. One aspect of his method of addressing these issues in a natural setting was Haynes' attempt to further avoid the possibility of producing a parody by hiring the esteemed 80-year-old Elmer Bernstein to compose a score of appropriate tone for this context. At the time of the Sirk productions, many melodramatic scores offered simple, small ensemble themes and a low-key reverence for the characters and dialogue on screen. They sometimes exhibited a dying flash of 1940's jazz in the slight swing of their themes, but typically offered a conservative accompaniment to what was, of course, a more conservative time. Bernstein was the only well-established composer from that era who was still living and able to work in 2002. While his works of the 1950's were more inclined towards jazzy hits, he also produced a few early scores along these melodramatic lines, making him the only viable candidate to score Far From Heaven if the director wanted that truly authentic atmosphere in which to incubate his storyline.



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3,320 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.94 Stars
***** 1,259 5 Stars
**** 1,102 4 Stars
*** 587 3 Stars
** 248 2 Stars
* 124 1 Stars
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - June 2, 2007, at 8:34 a.m.
1 comment  (1947 views)
Sublime
Billy - December 22, 2005, at 4:07 p.m.
1 comment  (2321 views)
Quite and beautiful score....I really love "Remembrance" *NM*
Cesar - March 9, 2004, at 3:08 p.m.
1 comment  (2647 views)
Alternative review at scorereviews.com
Andy - June 10, 2003, at 7:26 a.m.
1 comment  (2767 views)
Far From Heaven should have won the Oscar   Expand >>
Philip Zamora - April 29, 2003, at 11:37 a.m.
1 comment  (2940 views)
Golden Globes tragedy   Expand >>
Michael Arlidge - January 19, 2003, at 8:25 p.m.
7 comments  (5281 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 46:20
• 1. Autumn in Connecticut (3:08)
• 2. Mother Love (0:42)
• 3. Evening Rest (1:52)
• 4. Walking Through Town (1:49)
• 5. Prowl (2:36)
• 6. Psych (1:02)
• 7. The F Word (1:11)
• 8. Party (0:55)
• 9. Hit (2:42)
• 10. Crying (1:11)
• 11. Turning Point (4:46)
• 12. Cathy and Raymond Dance (2:02)
• 13. Disapproval (1:00)
• 14. Walk Away (2:34)
• 15. Miami - arranged by Patrick Russ (0:56)
• 16. Back to Basics (1:47)
• 17. Stones (1:44)
• 18. Revelation and Decision (4:21)
• 19. Remembrance (1:56)
• 20. More Pain (4:04)
• 21. Transition (0:55)
• 22. Beginnings (2:17)
Note: The track listings on the packaging are incorrect. The corrected listings are included here.

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes detailed notes from both the director and composer, photography from the sessions, and a list of performers.
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