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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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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 10:30
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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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Monday, June 21, 2010 - 10:30
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Laurie Anderson's Film "Heart of a Dog" Opens in UK, Ireland Cinemas in May

on April 14, 2016 - 11:00am
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Laurie Anderson's film Heart of a Dog opens in UK cinemas starting Tuesday, May 10, at the Brighton Festival, of which she is the guest director. On May 11, she takes part in two screenings in London: one hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music's Lauren Laverne, another open to dogs (and their owners). All three feature Q&As with Anderson. Heart of a Dog continues to open in cinemas in the UK and Ireland through the spring and summer. Anderson discusses the film at a sold-out screening at the Tate Modern on Friday, April 22.

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Laurie Anderson's new film, Heart of a Dog, begins its theatrical run in UK cinemas starting Tuesday, May 10, at the Duke of York's Picturehouse in Brighton. That screening, which also includes a Q&A with Anderson, is part of the Brighton Festival, of which Anderson is this year's guest director. The following day, May 11, Anderson takes part in two equally special screenings in London: she gives an introductory Q&A before a showing of the film especially for dogs (and their owners) at Picturehouse Central, then she heads to Curzon Bloomsbury, where she joins BBC Radio 6 Music host Lauren Laverne for a post-screening Q&A. The film continues to open in cinemas across the UK and Ireland through the spring and summer. For all the details, visit dogwoof.com.

Before the theatrical run begins, Laurie Anderson takes part in a conversation about the film following a sold-out screening at the Tate Modern next Friday, April 22.

Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson's first feature film in 30 years, is a personal essay on joy and heartbreak and remembering and forgetting, at the heart of which is a lament for her late beloved dog Lolabelle. It recently won the International Cinephile Society Award for Best Documentary. The New York Times calls it "dreamy, drifty, and altogether lovely." New York says it's "one of the most moving and provocative films you’ll see this year."

The complete soundtrack recording of Heart of a Dog is available from Nonesuch Records and contains the full audio recording of the film, including all music and spoken text. To pick up a copy, head to the iTunes or the Nonesuch Store now.

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Laurie Anderson's "Heart of a Dog" to Premiere on HBO on April 25

on January 11, 2016 - 10:00am
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Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog will receive its HBO premiere on April 25. The film is still playing at theaters across the US, having landed on a number of year's best lists, including those of the New York Times and New York magazine. A unique three-minute version of the film is showing on Times Square's electronic billboards each night this month starting at 11:57 PM as part of Midnight Moments. Hear Laurie Anderson's recent interview with BBC Radio 6 Music's Mary Anne Hobbs here.

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Laurie Anderson's new film, Heart of a Dog, will receive its HBO premiere on April 25. The film, Anderson's first in 30 years, is a personal essay encompassing joy and heartbreak and remembering and forgetting, at the heart of which is a lament for her late beloved dog Lolabelle.

Heart of a Dog was shown at film festivals and opened theatrically last year and is still playing at theaters across the United States, having earned critical praise and landed on a number of year's best lists, including those of the New York Times and New York magazine. A unique three-minute version of the film is showing on Times Square's electronic billboards each night this month starting at 11:57 PM as part of Midnight Moments.

The complete soundtrack recording of Heart of a Dog is available from Nonesuch Records and contains the full audio recording of the film, including all music and spoken text. To pick up a copy, head to the iTunes or the Nonesuch Store now.

Laurie Anderson was on BBC Radio 6 Music this past weekend. She sat down with Mary Anne Hobbs for a Key of Life interview broadcast over two programs, on Saturday and Sunday. You can hear the full interview here.

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