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Synecdoche, New York

Jon Brion

Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s acclaimed, controversial directing debut stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a struggling theater director who undertakes an ambitious magnum opus that quickly begins to consume his entire reality.

The vacillating line between genius and madness seems inexorably at work in Jon Brion’s eclectic, stylistically and instrumentally diverse score, which has some marginal kinship with his previous work for the Kaufman-scripted, Michel Gondry-directed
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. At times resolutely classical, elsewhere Jazz-affected, at other times unapologetically avant-gardist and experimental, Brion’s score appears to follow only one general rule, to capture the chaos of an unbridled, increasingly untamable psyche. Pervasively melancholic yet profoundly astute in its attention to instrumental detail, Brion’s score most flowers when embracing the unconventional: the soulful three-part “Piano One,” “Piano Two” and “Piano Three”; the boozy lounge songs “Little Person” and “Song for Caden”; the music hall throwback chorus of “Schenectady”; the soul-searing sadness of “Still Can’t Return (Still Trying)” all playing their part in this smart musical underscore to Kaufman’s symphony of uncertainty.
Synecdoche, New York

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