Being John Malkovich
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"Carter Burwell's music is perfect for the film's artfully understated, fablelike tone." - Janet Maslin, New York Times, Oct. 1, 1999.

"Creepy and romantic, subtle and strange, the music from 'Being John Malkovich' is good enough to stand on its own... Made up largely of a piano tiptoeing over mournful, swooping strings, Burwell's music balances a sense of otherworldly wonder and weirdness with a delicate acuity... There are also moments of expansive joy in the score, particularly 'Love on the Phone' and 'Lotte Makes Love,' both of which bloom with sweet warmth and satisfaction. The moments add up to Burwell's finest score, with passions swirling throughout the entire album, resonating even without reference to the film." - Michelle Goldberg,, Dec. 24, 1999.

"...All in all, a wonderful album - even down to the photo on the inside flap of the package. Burwell has proven yet again his mastery of the art of subtle scoring for somewhat less-than-subtle films, and as it did with what could be called it's companion score, Gods and Monsters, Being John Malkovich makes a brilliant film that much better." - James Barry,, May 10, 2003.

"... What other madcap farce would dare to have a score--it's by the superb Carter Burwell--so plangent and melancholy?" - David Edelstein,, Nov. 5, 2006.


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Film Info

Directed by Spike Jonze
Written by Charlie Kaufman
Produced by Vincent Landay, Steve Golin, Michael Stipe

Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by Carter Burwell
Music Editor: Adam Smalley
Music Scoring Mixer: Mike Farrow
Contractor: Sandy Park
Recorded at Right Track Studio A
Mixed at The Body Studio

Starring John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, Orson Bean, John Malkovich

U.S. Release October, 1999

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Audio Samples

Here, for demo purposes, are excerpts from the CD:

Title   Format   Len
Puppet Love   mp3   2:07
The Truth   mp3   1:22
Carter Explains Scene 71 to the Orchestra   mp3   0:29
Lotte Makes Love   mp3   1:29

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