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Louis Sclavis: Dan la nuit (Soundtrack)

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A powerful movie score can directly effect the story by enhancing the dynamics such as mood, setting, and drama. A cymbal crash can startle, whereas a somber melody can create a melancholy mood. Writers, producers, artists, and musicians, all play an intricate part in creating the final product of a cinematic work of art.

The 1930 silent movie "Dan la nuit" has been resurrected and given new life and musical vitality by French composer, musician, and performer, Louis Sclavis. A popular jazz artist, Sclavis, has successfully tackled the immense task of creating a soundtrack for the silent film. The film explores present day themes such as love, tragedy, and betrayal. "It tells the story of a quarry worker who is forced to wear a metal facemask after a rock blast injury. While he is working night shifts, his wife takes a lover. In its scenes of explicit infidelity, physical violence and gritty realism, "Dan la nuit" was years ahead of its time."

Sclavis' skill as a composer is exhilarating. Considering that the original film had no score, Sclavis and his fellow musicians have beautifully conveyed the mood, and setting of scenes from the film. The score will entice and pique the imagination. Sclavis' skillful voice on clarinet is accompanied by a talented set of musicians and eclectic instruments: accordion, violin, violincello, percussion, and marimba. The compositions express a wide range of tempos and palettes. Some are melodious with thematic intent, while others aurally relay action scenes from the film. The music is delightful, from the singular voice of an instrument, to complex arrangements of the group. Music fans whether classical or jazz oriented, should give this unique musical vision consideration, regardless if they've seen the film or not. The film score gives a vivid portrayal of a compelling and entertaining story.

ECM information

Track Listing: Dia Dia; Le Travail; Dans La Nuit; Fete Foraine; Retour De Noce; Mauvais Reve; Amour Et Beaute; L'Accident Part 1; L'Accident Part 2; Le Miroir; Dans La Nuit; La Fuite; La Peur Du Noir; Les 2 Visages; Dia Dia; Dans La Nuit.

Personnel: Louis Sclavis: clarinets; Jean Louis Matinier: accordion; Dominique Pifarely: violin; n; Vincent Courtois: cello; Francois Merville: drums, marimba; Jean Louis Matinier: accordion.

Title: Dan la nuit (Soundtrack) | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: ECM Records

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