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Huffington Post: John Adams's Music a Perfect Fit for "I Am Love"

on July 16, 2010 - 1:13pm
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The new film I Am Love, featuring the music of John Adams, has now opened in movie theaters across the US, with still more to be added in the coming weeks. The Huffington Post says that wonderful as it is, what "was truly powerful was the music used in the film." The Arts Desk calls the soundtrack album "an excellent single CD introduction to one of our greatest modern composers," complete with "impulsive, inventive and melodically rich post-systems gems."

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Director Luca Guadagnino's new film, I Am Love, starring Tilda Swinton and featuring the music of John Adams, has now opened wide in movie theaters across the United States, with still more slated to be added in the coming weeks.

The Huffington Post's Matt Budd describes the film as "one of my favorite films of the year perhaps of the last few years. When I left the theater I felt elated and uplifted and really moved." Budd credits much of this reaction to Adams's music. "The actors, the sets, the clothes all-fantastic," he writes, "but what I thought was truly powerful was the music used in the film."

Budd explains that, while all of the music is taken from previously existing works by Adams, Guadagnino expertly incorporates it into his own work to great effect, so that it "seems to work perfectly ... I think it is fascinating how one thing like a score written for an opera about Richard Nixon's visit to China [Nixon in China] can be used in a completely different setting and still seem to fit so perfectly."

The article concludes with Budd dubbing the film "a fantastic piece of art" and its soundtrack of Adams's music "a fantastic piece of re-purposed art containing nine compositions that I think will expose him to a new audience and win him new fans."

Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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The Arts Desk offers a similar analysis, calling the soundtrack album "an excellent single CD introduction to one of our greatest modern composers." Reviewer Peter Culshaw describes it as "a hits compilation" complete with "impulsive, inventive and melodically rich post-systems gems." Culshaw recommends the album as "essential listening" for anyone new to Adams music and the "perfect gift" for fans looking to bring new fans into the fold. Read more at theartsdesk.com.

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To find out where I Am Love is playing at a theater near you, or to see when it is coming to your town, visit magpictures.com. To pick up a copy of the soundtrack album with high quality MP3s of the complete album included at checkout at no additional cost, head to the Nonesuch Store.

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BBC: John Adams's "I Am Love" Score "One of Those Rare Soundtracks That Merits, Rewards Repeated Listening"

on June 29, 2010 - 10:59am
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John Adams's music serves as soundtrack for the new film I Am Love. The BBC calls the album "one of those rare soundtracks that merits—and rewards—repeated listening." The Philadelphia Daily News gives the album an A-, citing "John Adams's brilliant score." The San Jose Mercury News, says the "music considerably adds to the grandness and sweep" of the film; the Chicago Tribune includes it among the elements making I Am Love "a film whose texture and atmosphere and fragrances stay with you."

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John Adams's music is featured prominently throughout I Am Love, the new film from Italian director Luca Guadagnino and star Tilda Swinton, both of whom have spoken frequently of having created the film with Adams's music in mind. Guadagnino has called it "a crucial emotional anchor" to his film. In addition to the centrality of Adams's music in the film, the soundtrack album itself showcases more than an hour of music from throughout the composer's career. In a review of the album from the BBC, critic Michael Quinn calls it "one of those rare soundtracks that merits—and rewards—repeated listening." Read his review at bbc.co.uk.

The Philadelphia Daily News gives the album an A-. "Soundtrack collectors," writes reviewer Jonathan Takiff, should "seek out John Adams's brilliant score for the art film I Am Love ... a serious Academy Award contender." Read more at philly.com.

The Miami Herald's Rene Rodriguez, in a film review posted in the San Jose Mercury News, says "I Am Love is the first film to use compositions by the great, Pulitzer Prize-winning John Adams (Nixon in China) as a score, and the symphonic, sometimes discordant music considerably adds to the grandness and sweep of what is essentially an intimate character study." Rodriguez writes: "Right from the opening credits, in which the titles fill the screen in curly script over snowy vistas of Milan in winter," set to Adams's The Chairman Dances (a musical precursor to Nixon in China), "you know I Am Love is going to be something special." Read more at mercurynews.com.

The Chicago Tribune says "You will fall for I Am Love." Tribune film critic Michael Phillips explains: "When you have an actress as fabulous and idiosyncratically compelling as Swinton, a director who knows how to move a camera and let a narrative breathe, and a composer as distinctive as Adams, you're handed, on a platter, a film whose texture and atmosphere and fragrances stay with you." Read the complete review at chicagotribune.com.

To find out where I Am Love is playing at a theater near you, visit magnoliapictures.com. To pick up a copy of the soundtrack on CD, with the complete album included as high-quality MP3s at no additional cost, head to the Nonesuch Store.

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Washington Post Talks with John Adams, "One of This Country's Most Distinguished, Talented Artists," About "I Am Love," More

on June 21, 2010 - 1:39pm
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I Am Love, the new film from director Luca Guadagnino, starring Tilda Swinton and featuring the music of John Adams, has opened in New York and Los Angeles. Guadagnino tells the Los Angeles Times: "His music was so powerful and many scenes were written with it in mind." Adams spoke with the Washington Post, which calls the composer "one this country's most distinguished and most talented artists," his music "beautifully crafted, endlessly engaging and has won over audiences throughout the world."

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I Am Love, the new film from director Luca Guadagnino, starring Tilda Swinton and featuring the music of John Adams, opened over the weekend in select theaters in New York City and Los Angeles, with more screens across the country to be added this coming weekend.

"From its pianissimo opening sequence to the thundering crescendo of its final moments," says Los Angeles Times writer David Ng, "I Am Love is a movie awash in the music of John Adams."

The film's director, Ng reports, sees Adams's music "as a crucial emotional anchor for the movie." Guadagnino tells the Times: "His music was so powerful and many scenes were written with it in mind."

Describing his first encounter with Adams's work, Guadagnino tells Ng that a friend had brought him a copy of Adams's Naive and Sentimental Music, released on Nonesuch in 2002. "I came home and the second the music came out of the stereo, it was an emotion I will always remember," the director explains. "There was something incredibly new but also familiar and then I became obsessed."

The Times also speaks with the composer about the film and his reaction to seeing his music being featured in such a way, concluding, Ng reports, "that it made excellent use of his compositions."

Read more at latimes.com.

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Adams met with Washington Post staff writer Philip Kennicott for a conversation that was ostensibly about I Am Love, but touched upon any number of subjects. That such wide-ranging conversations should come so freely with the man Kennicott describes as "one this country's most distinguished and most talented artists" is hardly surprising.

"Adams is deeply interested in the broader musical dimensions of culture," Kennicott writes, "how pop music and classical music coexist and sometimes cross-fertilize, how composers need audience feedback, how musical generations succeed one another and how some artists will fight quixotic battles to their dying day, holding true to avant-garde orthodoxy no matter how isolating it is. The story of classical music in America is for Adams a grand narrative that is still unfolding."

When talk turns to a novel Adams is writing, that news, too, meets the Post writer unphased. "Adams isn't just one of this country's greatest composers," says Kennicott, "he is also a fluent and entertaining writer," citing Adams's memoir, Hallelujah Junction, and his blog, Hell Mouth.

Steering the conversation back toward the subject at hand, Kennicott says, "Adams music is beautifully crafted, endlessly engaging and has won over audiences throughout the world."

Read the complete article at washingtonpost.com.

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"Boyhood," "Inherent Vice" Nominated for 12 Critics Choice Awards

on December 16, 2014 - 10:00am
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Congratulations to Richard Linklater's film Boyhood, which has been nominated for eight Critics Choice Awards—Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Linklater, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Supporting Actor for Ethan Hawke, Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette, Best Young Actor/Actress for Ellar Coltrane, and Best Editing for Sandra Adair—and to Paul Thomas Anderson's film Inherent Vice, which is up for four: Best Adapted Screenplay for Anderson's adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel, Best Supporting Actor for Josh Brolin, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design. The San Francisco Film Critics Circle also included both films in its year-end accolades earlier this week.

 

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Congratulations to Richard Linklater's film Boyhood, which has been nominated for eight Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Linklater, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Supporting Actor for Ethan Hawke, Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette, Best Young Actor/Actress for Ellar Coltrane, and Best Editing for Sandra Adair. And congratulations to Paul Thomas Anderson's film Inherent Vice, which is up for four Critics Choice Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay for Anderson (the film is based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon), Best Supporting Actor for Josh Brolin, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design.

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. The winners will be revealed at the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which will broadcast live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on January 15 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT, the day the Academy Award nominations are announced.

“It’s been a great year for movies,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin. “Filmmakers have demonstrated that riveting, magical and provocative stories can be told in an incredible range of styles and techniques.”

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle also included both films in its year-end accolades in its awards announcement earlier this week, naming Boyhood Best Picture and honoring the film with awards for Best Director for Linklater, Best Supporting Actress for Arquette, and Best Film Editing for Adair. Paul Thomas Anderson won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Inherent Vice.

Boyhood has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and was previously awarded four LA Film Critics Awards, four Boston Film Critics Awards, and three New York Film Critics Circle Awards, including Best Picture from all of the above. Jonny Greenwood's score to Inherent Vice won the LA Film Critics Award for Best Music Score and the soundtrack won the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Use of Music in a Film; the film's star, Joaquin Phoenix, is up for Golden Globe for Best Actor.

The soundtracks to both films are out now on Nonesuch Records and are available in the Nonesuch Store at 15% off the everyday low prices listed on the site for our ongoing anniversary sale.

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Hear "Spooks" from "Inherent Vice" Soundtrack, Featuring Jonny Greenwood, Members of Supergrass, Joanna Newsom

on December 11, 2014 - 12:00pm
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Jonny Greenwood’s soundtrack to Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, Inherent Vice, is due out this coming Monday on Nonesuch Records (with the vinyl to follow March 3). Before then, and before the film opens in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles this Friday, have a listen to the track "Spooks," an unreleased Radiohead-penned tune performed by Greenwood with Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey of Supergrass and a voiceover by Joanna Newsom. You can hear the track, which premiered on Stereogum, here.

 

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Jonny Greenwood’s soundtrack to Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, Inherent Vice, is due out this coming Monday on Nonesuch Records (with the vinyl to follow March 3). Before then, and before the film opens in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles tomorrow, have a listen to the track "Spooks," an unreleased Radiohead-penned tune performed by Greenwood with Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey of Supergrass and a voiceover by Joanna Newsom. You can hear the track, which premiered on Stereogum, below.

An adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name, Inherent Vice, is set in the tail end of the psychedelic ’60s and stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix (who was nominated for a Golden Globe for Inherent Vice this morning), Josh Brolin, and Owen Wilson. In addition to "Spooks," the soundtrack includes nine compositions by Jonny Greenwood as well as recordings from the movie’s era. Performers on what this "excellent playlist" (New York Times) include The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Neil Young, Can, and The Marketts, among others. Inherent Vice recently received the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Music Score and Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Use of Music in a Film.

The Inherent Vice soundtrack is available to pre-order now on iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store.

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