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"... Neatly completing the package are Carter Burwell's music and a languorous k.d. lang rendition of the Doris Day evergreen 'Secret Love' on the closing credits." - David Rooney, Variety, Sept. 11, 1995




Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Lily Tomlin


Carter's Notes

This film examines the depiction of homosexuality in cinema. To bring the whole enterprise into a Hollywood context Rob and Jeffrey shot the interviews in a theatrical setting, and the score adopts a traditional "Hollywood" orchestral style. We even recorded on the Sony Scoring Stage in Culver City - the same stage where classics such as The Wizard of Oz were recorded. This romantic sound also served to express the often unexpressed feelings which underlie the film clips.

To record this score with a large orchestra on a Hollywood scoring stage, we relied on the kindness of many strangers. The scoring stage, the contractor, and all the crew were very generous, and out of respect for the filmmakers and their subject some musicians even gave donated their paychecks to the project.


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Film Info

Produced and Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by Carter Burwell
Music Editor: Adam Smalley
Contractor: Sandy DeCrescent
Music Scoring Mixer: Michael Farrow
Recorded and mixed at The Sony Scoring Stage, Los Angeles

Starring Lily Tomlin, Harvey Fierstein, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright, Arthur Laurents, Armistead Maupin, Whoopi Goldberg, Jan Oxenberg, Quentin Crisp, Jay Presson Allen, Gore Vidal, Tom Hanks, Paul Rudnick, Harry Hamlin, Susan Sarandon, John Schlesinger

U.S. Premiere January 30, 1996 (Sundance Film Fesitval)


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Audio Samples

This score was never released on CD. Here, for demo purposes are some examples:

 Title   Format   Len 
Shades   mp3   1:12
Will Hayes   mp3   1:43
Finale   mp3   3:52
Secret Love (sung by k.d. lang)   mp3   3:40

For an explanation of the columns above, click here.

If you wonder why some scores are not released on CD, see the FAQ.


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Carter Burwell, Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein, Adam Smalley at premiere in San Francisco

photo by Maria Hurley




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