Requiem For A Dream O.S.T.
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Audio CD, 10 October 2000
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14.1 x 12.7 x 1.19 cm; 113.97 Grams
- Manufacturer : NONESUCH
- Manufacturer reference : 07559796112
- Original Release Date : 2000
- Run time : 53 minutes
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Label : NONESUCH
- ASIN : B00004Y6Q5
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 83,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Writer/director Darren Aronofsky follows up his critically-acclaimed feature debut "Pi", with REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, adapted from the 1978 novel by celebrated author Hubert Selby, Jr. (Last Exit to Brooklyn). Set in the rusted mean streets of Coney Island, Brooklyn, the film is a harrowing journey into the psyches of four human beings addicted to their visions of a happier life. The delusions fostered by drug use cause them to deny reality until they are eye to eye with their worst nightmares. The film stars Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans and Jennifer Connally, and is released by Artisan Entertainment (Blair Witch Project, Buena Vista Social Club). The music for REQUIEM is by Clint Mansell - originally the front man for the pioneering English band Pop Will Eat Itself - who composed the noted original score for Pi. Mainly electronic, it includes string quartet performances by the Kronos Quartet.
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As befitting the style and themes of Darren Aronofsky's hugely impressive movie, it's wilfully repetitive and scouringly abrasive, Mansell using almost cheap sounding synth-sounds to offset the haunting beauty of the Kronos Quartet's strings and, I guess, remind us drugs are bad or something.
It's often an ugly soundtrack, and can get a LITTLE too over-familiar even on the first listen. But it's not made to be easy-listening, and as soundtracks go it's unusual, striking, and very dark.