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The Man Without a Face
(1993)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri

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Philips Music
(September 7th, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release. Becoming difficult to find in 2000.
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Buy it... if you are comfortable hearing trademark James Horner styles performed with dramatic restraint for a simple, but lovely score.

Avoid it... if Horner fails to impress you with his relative lack of diversity within the light drama genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #657
WRITTEN 6/15/98, REVISED 9/2/06
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The Man Without a Face: (James Horner) Mel Gibson has never been a man without a face, especially after his goofy, infamous mugshot was plastered everywhere in 2006, but he played exactly that in his directorial debut in 1993. Based on a novel by Isabelle Holland, The Man Without a Face featured Gibson in the title role, a recluse in a small coastal town who works alone as a freelance illustrator. His face is deformed by a car accident many years earlier, and with the circumstances of his wife's death unclear, nasty rumors spread about the nature of his character. A 12-year-old boy who lives in a dysfunctional household nearby befriends the man, raising controversy and threat, though eventually leading to salvation. For James Horner, the project would unite the composer with Gibson; the two would produce the immensely popular Braveheart a few years later. Horner's output in 1993 was wildly unpredictable, with several of his scores leaning towards minimalistic structures and instrumentation. That influence can be heard in the restraint that Horner exercises in The Man Without a Face. Despite being a considerably melodic, harmonic effort performed by the awesome force of the London Symphony Orchestra, the score is remarkably subdued. The size of the ensemble is one of the primary reasons why The Man Without a Face is considered with high praise by many Horner collectors. The composer, since expanding the number of projects he would tackle each year, would rarely utilize the services of the LSO, a group that caused many of the composer's previous large-scale compositions to soar. With Horner conducting ensembles ranging from 4 to 50 members at the time, the depth of his drama here is its major selling point. Structurally speaking, though, it has really no unique identifier to separate it from other scores that Horner has produced before and since.



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Total Time: 53:09
• 1. A Father's Legacy (6:14)
• 2. Chuck's First Lesson (2:49)
• 3. Flying (3:49)
• 4. McLeod's Secret Life (1:58)
• 5. Nightmares and Revelations (4:22)
• 6. McLeod's Last Letter (2:58)
• 7. Lost Books (1:57)
• 8. The Merchant of Venice (2:55)
• 9. The Tutor (3:21)
• 10. No Compromise! (4:56)
• 11. "Ch'Ella Mi Creda"* (2:26)
• 12. Lookout Point/End Credits (7:57)
* Opera composed by Giacomo Puccini

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