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 Posted:   Sep 17, 2012 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

So, I FINALLY found a copy of this 1994 John Madden film after all these years (or rather, a place I could stream it online). Took me long enough, but it's only out on a rare VHS, for some reason.

I knew it was a film noir of some sort, but that was about it. Surprised to discover it concerned the persecution of communist symphatizers in 1950's and 1960's San Francisco/Chinatown, in which Matt Dillon plays the FBI agent and Joan Chen the adult daughter of a man Dillon gets convicted (and also the 'femme fatale'). To be fair, the film isn't all that good -- the dialogue, in particular, is very stilted -- but it has some interesting stylistic touches, especially in terms of internal/external camera perception. And the classic noir shots (alleyways, rain, neon, smoke etc.) are very nice. Also extra interesting for me now that I've just been to San Francisco and even lived in Chinatown where much of this was filmed 20 years ago....I think I recognized Ross Alley, in particular, in addition to the obvious Golden Gate of the title.

I've always thought that Goldenthal's score is one of the most beautiful he's ever written -- from the ethereal, Asian stuff to the jazzy sax theme to the gorgeous, Arvo Pärt-ian string harmonies. It really gives the film far more cred than it actually deserves. Actually, I think it's one of the EG albums I play the most often; one that is refreshingly free of bombasticism of any kind. You can hear that it's composed in the wake of ALIEN 3, especially in the string stuff. Pure bliss!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2012 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   nicknackaddams   (Member)

Gorgeous soundtrack album. I agree that it's one of his best.
I saw the movie years ago. I remember some nice moody photography, but that's about it.

 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 5:16 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Thor, this film is on TV2 Filmkanalen 22:50 tonight...

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thor, this film is on TV2 Filmkanalen 22:50 tonight...

I don't have that channel, but thanks for the heads-up anyway. Fortunately, I was able to see the film a few months ago (pr. the original post).

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I had no idea this was about the communist persecution, always figured it was a bargain bin romdram; I'm not familiar with the Goldenthal but will check both movie & score out based on that description!

 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

I love this score too. Some beautiful subtle synth writing.

 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   Buscemi   (Member)

The film is on DVD in Canada, as I imported a copy. I don't remember much from the score though so I'll have to watch it again some time.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 4:43 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

The film is on DVD in Canada, as I imported a copy. I don't remember much from the score though so I'll have to watch it again some time.

A legit DVD? Or a transfer of the VHS copy?

 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   Buscemi   (Member)

The film is on DVD in Canada, as I imported a copy. I don't remember much from the score though so I'll have to watch it again some time.

A legit DVD? Or a transfer of the VHS copy?


Alliance Atlantis released it so yes, it's legit.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 2:38 PM   
 By:   Linae   (Member)

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 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   Luna   (Member)

I love this score, it is very beautiful. It is one of my favourites - top 5 Goldenthal for me.

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 5:05 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

I love this score, it is very beautiful. It is one of my favourites - top 5 Goldenthal for me.

Agreed, this score has long been a favorite of mine, among all of Goldenthal's great music. I still remember buying the CD in the small record shop in my college town, back in Fall 1994. I finally rented the movie on VHS a few years later and felt that Goldenthal's was the best part!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 6:04 PM   
 By:   Obrytis718135   (Member)

This score is also one I tend to play quite often. It’s a score I warmed up to over time. Some of my favorite tracks include 1,3,4, and 7.

 
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