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Eternity and a Day - Original Soundtrack [CD]

Eleni Karaindrou Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Original Soundtrack, Camerata Athens
  • Conductor: Lukas Karytinos
  • Composer: Eleni Karaindrou
  • Audio CD (31 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B00001IVNC
  • Other Editions: VHS Tape  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,051 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hearing The Time
2. By The Sea
3. Eternity Theme
4. Parting
5. Depart And Eternity Theme
6. Borders
7. Wedding Dance
8. Parting B
9. To A Dead Friend
10. Eternity Theme
11. Depart And Eternity Theme
12. Bus
13. Depart And Eternity Theme
14. Bus
15. Trio And Eternity Theme
16. Poet
17. Depart And Eternity Theme
18. Depart

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Previous Eleni Karaindrou scores like Ulysses Gaze have had little to do with on-screen action and everything to do with telegraphing spiritual shudders deep into the core of the listener. Eternity And A Day is no different. The power of her work lies in her variations on a single theme. This reduction and repetition in the score creates a beguiling, meditative air, which is appropriate for a film about a man slowly dying and contemplating what his life has not amounted to over the years. On the first track "Hearing The Time", Karaindrou sets the movie in motion, opening with a lush and shivering murmur of strings and the precursor to the "Eternity" theme: three quick draws on a violin. "By The Sea" and "Eternity Theme" introduce the rest of the pattern, the former using a delicate solo piano and the latter with a full orchestra. This conversation between theme and drone takes place in different tongues throughout the soundtrack. An apprehensive mandolin plucks out the notes over an unearthly fog of French horn and strings on "Depart And Eternity Theme--Variation I", and a solo accordion calls the theme to itself in loneliness on "Bus--Part I". Karaindrou's work, when coupled with the epic, humbling mastery of director Theo Angelopoulos, leave one with head dazed and jaw dropped. --Michael Woodring

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A middle aged man's relation to his life as a boy 24 April 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The film starts and ends with the sight and sound of the sea and the voice of the mother of the main male character, the author (A). The sea rolls softly while the voice of the mother is penetrating. The authors wife, his daughter, his mother and his relatives are live their own lives which does not connect with A. In the opening scenes his most important relationship is described. As a child A and two other boy run into the sea. Later in the film A, as a middle aged, man goes back to an island he visited with these two boys . These parts form the frame of the film. The very focus is the interplay between the middle aged A and a 10 year old Albanian refugee boy. As in Angelopolous previous film, The Gaze of Odysseus, the film gives references to the rich Greece history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning music 14 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This soundtrack is equally on a par to her soundtrack to Ulysses Gaze which is one of my favourite pieces of music, similar haunting tones which are very evocative and I found spine tingling at times. Was unsure about the spoken phase at the end, but other than that no complaints
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but moving and thoughtful 21 Dec 2010
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
The most Bergmanesque of Angolopoulos's films. Simpler and less epic than most of his work, with fewer of his trademark breathtaking images and grand themes. Yet this story of a dying writer spending his last day before entering the hospital -- never to leave -- has a deeply elegiac melancholy, and his attempts to find meaning by saving an Albanian street urchin are often moving, if occasionally sappy. The same is true of Bruno Ganz' (unfortunately dubbed) relationship with his wife and family, told mainly in flashback. Much is moving, some is hokey and forced. But Ageloupolus' use of images to make film a poetic medium is always worth watching, even when flawed.

The Greek 'New Star' disc, only available a short while, was supervised by Angelopoulos, and is an improvement over the other available discs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 Oct 2009
The movie captures the title magnificently. Very poetic. Angelopoulos avoids sentimentality while portraying Alexander's lonliness and isloation of man. The little Albanian boy's exile from his own people and the Greek Italian poet's barrier from his own people through lack of language forcing him to buy words for his poem are mirrored by the selling of Alexander's house and the selling of the boys. Photography is superb, with the absense of shadows very reminicent of Angelopoulos's other masterpiece, 'The Weeping Meadow'. Alexander is imprisoned in his environment though absense of relationships. This is his 'one day'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic! 3 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A very remarkable film. An eloquent and honest picture of life. Its honesty is breath-taking. The music is superb. A film that will not be forgotten.
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