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Only You
(1994)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell
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Sony/Columbia
(October 4th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if the music of Georges Delerue melts your heart and you're curious to hear Rachel Portman's first and triumphant merging of Delerue's sensibilities with the ideas that she would adopt as her own standard for a successful career.

Avoid it... if any music chosen for regular re-use in beauty pageants is not your cup of tea.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #339
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 2/9/08
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Only You: (Rachel Portman) Pure romantic fluff, the kind that graced plenty of films in the Golden and Silver Ages of Hollywood, was becoming scarce by the 1990's. The 1994 fantasy-bordering romance Only You was director Norman Jewison's attempt to resurrect the funny, illogical aspects from his 1987 hit Moonstruck and place them in lovable Italian settings. Jewison pulls several elements from the Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck classic Roman Holiday as well, including an imitation of the famous "Mouth of Truth" scene and an obvious late 80's version of Hepburn's dramatic features and short hair on actress Marisa Tomei. If you couldn't buy into the flighty and predictable plot, then the film's other major detractor, Robert Downey Jr. as a leading romantic man, would tarnish the starlit magic. Otherwise, the unashamed affection for hopeless romanticism is perfectly captured and perpetuated in the film by composer Rachel Portman, who had received this assignment due to the strength of the more dramatic early entries in her budding career. Having only begun to introduce her lush, orchestral romance style to the industry, it would be Only You that would propel Portman on to such projects as Addicted to Love, The Cider House Rules, and The Legend of Bagger Vance. Despite the film's failure to meet expectations and the brevity of the score's length due to a plethora of romantic, mostly Italian source songs in the production, Portman's simple work for Only You would cause an international stir. The lush portions of her work would be re-used for everything from mass wedding ceremonies to national beauty pageant competitions, creating a sound for the composer with which she would be forever identified. The score is the most eloquent example of Portman's mastery at using large (or potentially overdubbed) string sections of orchestras to portray faith, hope, romance, and, ultimately, happiness. Whether or not Portman's style is something you find listenable might depend on how much of a hopeless romantic you are at heart, but nevertheless, Only You epitomizes the style of Portman's music that earned her Academy Award recognition and sustained her immense popularity for about a six-year period.



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Only You theme music
Ira Schwebel - October 1, 2006, at 2:03 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 45:44
• 1. Only You (And You Alone) - performed by Louis Armstrong (3:12)
• 2. Written in the Stars (1:15)
• 3. Some Enchanted Evening - performed by Ezio Pinza (3:01)
• 4. I'm Coming With You (2:21)
• 5. Venice (1:51)
• 6. O Sole Mio - performed by Quartetto Gelato and Peter de Sotto (3:10)
• 7. La Traviata: Libiamo Ne' Lieti Calici - classical source (2:57)
• 8. Lost in Tuscany (2:29)
• 9. Arriving at Damon's Restaurant (1:39)
• 10. Running After Damon (0:58)
• 11. Gypsy Blessing (3:21)
• 12. Positano (1:45)
• 13. Quartet in B Flat Major: Rondo - Tempo di Minuetto - performed by Quartetto Gelato (4:54)
• 14. Do You Love Him? (3:16)
• 15. Theme from "Only You" (3:34)
• 16. Once in a Lifetime - performed by Michael Bolton (5:55)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a note about the film and its score and songs. Written by director Norman Jewison in 1994, the part relevant to Portman's score is as follows:

    "Rachel Portman is a gifted young British composer who has stunned the film industry recently with a group of sensitive and original scores. Her lush and romantic score for Only You captures the inner voice of Faith, played by Marisa Tomei, and her search for her one true love."

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