Friday, October 20, 2006

Let them hear New Wave!

Soundtracks have always been of the upmost importance to Sofia Coppola's films (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation) so it should come as no surprise that for her latest, Marie Antoinette, it is a (like it or not) driving force.

When I first saw the first trailer for the film featuring New Order's "Ceremony," I have to admit, it felt a bit jarring and out of place. But taking the project as a whole, the marriage of 18th century France to New Wave music of the 1980s is making more sense to me (and no, not in this way.) The movie really is only a 'period piece' in costume and plot, while the dialogue, accents and music all reflect a more contemporary time. The decadence and fashion of the 1980s is an intersecting point with Antoinette's time, and the music certainly serves as a reminder to that.

Playlist: Reassembled Soundtrack - Marie Antoinette

Transitioning from Classical Baroque to Adam and the Ants' "Kings of the Wild Frontier" can seem a bit jarring, but music supervisor Brian Reitzell (Lost in Translation, Friday Night Lights, Thumbsucker) softens these with many of choices made for the film.

The song they chose for opener on the soundtrack (which doesn't come until nearly half-way through the film) is the perfect example of this. Souixie and the Bansees' "Hong Kong Garden (With Strings)" contains a strings intro which seques into the driving rhythm of the song. Elsewhere, Coppola and Reitzell tap My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields again (Lost In Translation) this time to remix two Bow Wow Wow tracks.

The soundtrack, to be released this coming Tuesday, encompasses two CDs, and, as with most, re-orders the tracks a bit from the movie. The first CD is more bright and airy, following Marie Antoinette's earlier days, while the second CD takes a sligthly darker tone (Aphex Twin, Air,) in line with our heroine's latter days. I've taken the liberty of reassembling all the songs and putting them in (roughly) the order they appear in the film. For instance, the opening credits come to Gang Of Four's exhilerating "Natural's Not In It," which serves as a declaration... off with the period piece genre's head!

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1 comment:

Shawn Anderson said...

Playlist: Reassembled Soundtrack - Marie Antoinette

1. Natural's Not in It - Gang of Four
2. Opus 17 - Dustin O'Halloran
3. The Melody of a Fallen Tree - Windsor for the Derby
4. I Don't Like It Like This - The Radio Department
5. Intro Versailles - Marie Antoinette Soundtrack
6. Jynweythek Ylow - Aphex Twin
7. Pulling Our Weight - The Radio Department
8. Il Secondo Giorno (Instrumental) - Air
9. Keen On Boys - Air
10. Opus 23 - Dustin O'Halloran
11. I Want Candy (Kevin Shields Remix) - Bow Wow Wow
12. Hong Kong Garden (With Strings Intro) - Siouxsie and the Banshees
13. Aphrodisiac - Bow Wow Wow
14. Fools Rush In (Kevin Shields Remix) - Bow Wow Wow
15. Plainsong - The Cure
16. Ceremony - New Order
17. Sonata In D Minor, K.213: Andante - Patricia Mabee
18. Tommib Help Buss - Squarepusher
19. Kings Of The Wild Frontier - Adam Ant
20. Avril 14th - Aphex Twin
21. What Ever Happened? - The Strokes
22. Castor et Pollux: Acte I, scène 3 - Air de Télaïre: Tristes apprêts - Les Talens Lyriques
23. Tristes Apprets, Pales Flambeaux - Agnes Mellon
24. Opus 36 - Dustin O'Halloran
25. All Cats Are Grey - The Cure
26. Les Barricades Mysterious - Patricia Mabee