Re: Claanad music

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Posted by Heather on November 03, 1997 at 13:09:26:

In Reply to: Re: Claanad music posted by Tom Kilbane on October 30, 1997 at 20:39:53:

: Well, I guess I am outnumbered on this point. But I just remember becoming acutely aware of the audience around me when that song started playing-- I was distracted from the movie and I could "feel" others were too. I don't think that song should have been included in the film and I think as the film gets older the more obvious its misplacement will become.
: The idea of throwing a "song", out of the blue, in a film with a completely instrumental score is not a new idea; in the early 70's this practice was also in vogue. Maybe at the time this was considered a good idea but as those films aged; boy, do they sound cheesy when in the middle of the film a some silly folk/love song starts playing during scenes of some montage of young couples in love. (Examples: Cahill: US Marshall and Chisum both with my favorite actor of all time, John Wayne). I just don't think "songs" in a movie soundtrack work unless the actors are themselves singing or the film is a musical. I have always felt that the soundtrack of LOTM should have been kept strictly instrumental.

I agree that older movie used "cheesy" songs that would pop up in the middle of the movie leaving you sitting there staring at the screen saying "Whaaat?!" Such as "Raindrops" in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID. But in LOTM, the sound editor chose a more instrumental version of the song, just check out the CLAANAD CD. Also, what's different about LOTM is that DDL says "I will find you", but I don't recall hearing Paul Newman say something about Raindrops on his head, in fact, during that sequence it's sunny while they're bicycling along to that tune.
Just a thought:-)

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