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First Listen: 3 Clips From Alexandre Desplat's Haunting Score For 'The Tree Of Life'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist May 20, 2011 at 1:50AM

While the overblown Lars Von Trier-Nazi-gate has quickly raced to the top of the Cannes headlines, you might recall that earlier this week a guy named Terrence Malick finally unveiled his highly anticipated "The Tree Of Life." Even days later, for those bumping into each other around the Croisette, the first question seemed to be, "What did you think?" Well, in addition to our review from the festival we had a lot to more to say about the film that though a bit a uneven, still contains pockets of brilliance, awe-inspiring visuals and a thematic reach that simply is unlike anything being attempted in mainstream or indie cinema. In short, it's still an event and a film that must be experienced on a big screen. Part of the film's power comes from its extensive use of classical pieces as well the incorporation of Alexandre Desplat's stirring score.
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While the overblown Lars Von Trier-Nazi-gate has quickly raced to the top of the Cannes headlines, you might recall that earlier this week a guy named Terrence Malick finally unveiled his highly anticipated "The Tree Of Life." Even days later, for those bumping into each other around the Croisette, the first question seemed to be, "What did you think?" Well, in addition to our review from the festival we had a lot to more to say about the film that though a bit a uneven, still contains pockets of brilliance, awe-inspiring visuals and a thematic reach that simply is unlike anything being attempted in mainstream or indie cinema. In short, it's still an event and a film that must be experienced on a big screen. Part of the film's power comes from its extensive use of classical pieces as well the incorporation of Alexandre Desplat's stirring score.

Courtesy of Lakeshore Records, we have three excerpts from Desplat's soundtrack for the film which should whet your appetite and set the mood for Malick's universe-spanning domestic drama. Late last year, the composer described his work on the film as "trance-like" with nods to 19th century romantic composer Hector Berlioz and modern composer György Ligeti and that is certainly borne out here. The tracks build and unfold on slowly evolving moods and cues. It's some strong work from the composer, who was told by Malick "that the music should be like a river flowing through the film.”

The soundtrack hits on May 24th with the film opening in limited release on May 27th. Listen to the clips below.

Alexandre Desplat - "The Tree Of Life" Soundtrack - Clips by The Playlist

This article is related to: Films, Composers, The Tree Of Life, Alexandre Desplat


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