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The Road to Wellville
(1994)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell
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Varèse Sarabande
(November 8th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if Rachel Portman's faster, quirky comedy rhythms make you want to get up and dance, even if they're highly redundant and, other than a wild kazoo section, offer nothing structurally new to her career.

Avoid it... if you are easily offended by spoken discussion of masturbation and bowel movements mixed directly on top of an otherwise sweet Portman score of actively humorous propulsion.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,143
WRITTEN 6/4/03, REVISED 3/29/09
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The Road to Wellville: (Rachel Portman) "Here at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, the spirits soar, the mind is educated, and bowels... the bowels are born again!" Saturated with quotes like that, it's not hard to imagine why the film The Road to Wellville attracted only a small, specific crowd in 1994. Directed by the talented and respected Alan Parker, the film featured a blockbuster cast, led by Anthony Hopkins as the deranged Kellogg cereal inventor in a spirited performance worthy of mention. His Sanitarium, meant to cleanse the body and put people of the 1920's into a condition of unnatural health, was highlighted by its extensive use of enemas and bizarre rituals to encourage immaculate bowels. The young Lightbody couple (Matthew Broderick and Bridget Fonda) visits the clinic of sorts for a vacation of healthy relaxation, though Mr. Lightbody finds himself in for much more than he bargained for (including the snatch of a soon-to-be corpse). The film is disgusting in every way possible, forcing its actors into scenes and discussions of feces, farts, fornication, masturbation, orifices, nudity, orgasms, chewing, and, of course, those dreaded 15 gallons of yogurt. So filthy the narrative is in its portrayal of carnal subject matter that many people may not view it as the black comedy it was meant to be. If lines like "With friends like you, who needs enemas?" doesn't bother you, though, then you may very well revel in the juvenile, yet classically presented humor of The Road to Wellville. Parker's composer for the project would have to be sick and perverted enough to capture the essence of the Sanitarium with a wacky and mechanically orchestral score. Kazoos would also be mandatory. The obvious choice, of course: Rachel Portman. What? The same woman who writes all that Academy Award-recognized sappy, sweet music for romance and drama films? Yes, indeed. Portman's accepting of this assignment said something about the scope of her humor, too. It's frightful to contemplate that this score and Only You were produced nearly back-to-back, and yet, her contribution to The Road to Wellville is just as notable as any other in her career.



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Shoot yourself while you still can...
Chris Tilton - July 29, 2003, at 2:53 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 31:21
• 1. Ladies' Laughing Exercise (0:21)
• 2. Intro (2:43)
• 3. Treatments (1:36)
• 4. Life is Death Postponed (2:22)
• 5. Where the Spirits Soar* (0:51)
• 6. The Battle Creek San (1:06)
• 7. Canzonetta** (1:32)
• 8. Badger's Picnic (0:51)
• 9. Fire at the San (1:16)
• 10. Daddy (1:13)
• 11. A Chewing Song** (0:36)
• 12. The San Waltz (1:53)
• 13. Handhabung Therapeutik (1:13)
• 14. Charles (0:38)
• 15. Waltz of the Flowers** (2:00)
• 16. Der Lindenbaum** (0:16)
• 17. Eleanor (0:48)
• 18. Stairs (1:00)
• 19. Where the Spirits Soar* (1:11)
• 20. Endymion (1:15)
• 21. History is About to Be Eaten (0:55)
• 22. Rigoletto** (1:15)
• 23. Wellville (3:02)
• 24. Where the Spirits Soar* (1:16)
* composed by Jake Parker
** classical or traditional adaptation

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