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The Painted Veil
(2006)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
Lang Lang

Prague Symphony Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Deutsche Grammophon
(January 9th, 2007)
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International German release (may be difficult to find in some American stores).
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Winner of a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you are easily engrossed by lightly rolling, rhythmic movements for piano and strings, similar in style to the music of Philip Glass.

Avoid it... if the reliance on its piano solos and lack of any convincing element for the Chinese setting of the film betray the score's effectiveness.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #883
WRITTEN 1/31/07, REVISED 2/1/07
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The Painted Veil: (Alexandre Desplat) Few American films secure the right to film in China these days, but the filmmakers of The Painted Veil decided that no other location would suffice. Their perseverance paid off, for the film's authenticity in location is a key ingredient to the success of the character drama set against it. W. Somerset Maugham's love story in The Painted Veil is an unconventional one, showing the reconciliation of a married English couple that never should have been together in the first place. When forced on a journey in 1920's China, this couple (Edward Norton and Naomi Watts) help fight a cholera outbreak while attempting to salvage their marriage, challenging both the local customs and religious beliefs, as well as finding a glimpse of affection for each other that the two hadn't experienced before. The film played well to the arthouse crown in late 2006, but despite a handful of award nominations and a generally positive critical response, the film performed poorly at the overall box office. One bright spot for the film has been French-born composer Alexandre Desplat's music, which won the Golden Globe for "best original score" in early 2007. Desplat's rise to stardom has taken a path through both arthouse and mainstream films, maturing in 2006 with several acclaimed works. While his work for The Queen has garnered the most widespread support from mainstream listeners, The Painted Veil is a more cerebral, listenable, and arguably more interesting score for its film. Desplat employs the services of popular Chinese pianist Lang Lang and merges his performances with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Other notable solo performances exist on electric cello, electric keyboards, and percussion, though none of those elements have as significant an impact on the score as the highly advertised piano performances.



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Good and interesting score
Sheridan - February 17, 2007, at 10:30 a.m.
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Alternate review of The Painted Veil at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - February 3, 2007, at 12:22 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 54:25
• 1. The Painted Veil (3:19)
• 2. Gnossienne No 1 - written by Erik Satie (3:24)
• 3. Colony Club (2:09)
• 4. River Waltz (2:24)
• 5. Kitty's Theme (3:08)
• 6. Death Convoy (2:50)
• 7. The Water Wheel (6:21)
• 8. The Lovers (1:27)
• 9. Promenade (2:06)
• 10. Kitty's Journey (2:51)
• 11. The Deal (3:23)
• 12. Walter's Mission (3:57)
• 13. The Convent (0:52)
• 14. River Waltz (Piano Solo) (2:27)
• 15. Morning Tears (1:52)
• 16. Cholera (4:23)
• 17. The End of Love (4:36)
• 18. The Funeral (0:53)
• 19. From Shanghai to London (2:03)

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