For Immediate Release
ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
RELEASED ON THE HEELS OF ROBERT ALTMAN'S FILM
NOMINATED FOR FIVE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS
FEATURES SCORE BY ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE PATRICK DOYLE
AND NEW VERSIONS OF VINTAGE IVOR NOVELLO SONGS PERFORMED BY SCREEN ACTOR JEREMY NORTHAM
CD Released January 15, 2002 From Decca/UMG Soundtracks
(New York, NY January 10, 2002) - With Gosford Park, Robert Altman -- one of America's most distinctive filmmakers -- journeys to England for the first time to create a unique film mosaic with an outstanding ensemble cast. The film has already garnered overwhelming critical claim and five Golden Globe nominations including Best Director and Best Screenplay. The Wall Street Journal declares, "It's too much fun to see just one time." Featuring original music composed by Academy Award nominee Patrick Doyle plus new versions of vintage Ivor Novello songs performed on screen by film actor Jeremy Northam, the Decca/UMG Soundtrack will be released January 15, 2002.
For Gosford Park, Patrick Doyle has penned a fanciful score that keeps audiences suspended throughout this clever whodunnit. Robert Altman, Patrick Doyle, and Abigail Doyle, who sings vocals, collaborated on "The Way It's Meant to Be," track 20. Doyle who has also composed the memorable music behind such films as Hamlet and Great Expectations, garnered an Academy Award nomination for his work on Sense and Sensibility. Having also written the score for the blockbuster Dead Again directed by Kenneth Branagh, he was subsequently also nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Ivor Novello, otherwise known as "the Valentino of Britain", was one of the greatest British actors and composers of World War I-era England. He was also a gifted playwright, screenwriter, and producer of numerous plays and romantic musicals for the stage, some of which became movies. Though not as well known in the United States, Ivor Novello is a legend in the UK. In fact, for over 45 years, the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters award the IVOR NOVELLO AWARD to British songwriters, composers, and music publishers. Past winners include Paul McCartney, Elton John, and The Clash. Coincidentally, Patrick Doyle won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme for Henry V.
Set in November 1932, Gosford Park is the magnificent country estate to which Sir William McCordle and his wife, Lady Sylvia, have gathered relations and friends for a party. They have invited an eclectic group including a countess, a World War I hero, the British matinee idol Ivor Novello and an American film producer who makes Charlie Chan movies. As the guests assemble in the drawing rooms above, their personal maids and valets swell the ranks of the house servants in the teeming kitchens and corridors below-stairs.
But all is not as it seems. Part comedy of manners and part mystery, the film is a moving portrait of events bridging generations, class, sex, tragic personal history - and culminate in a murder. Or is it two murders.?
USA Films presents in association with Capitol Films and the Film Council, a Sandcastle 5 production in association with Chicago Films, Gosford Park, now playing in select theaters.
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