Before Night Falls
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"Ironically for a film about a poet, it's the scenes without words, or rather the scenes where excerpts from Arenas' wonderful poetry and prose are read by Bardem in the original Spanish over magical images and Carter Burwell's hypnotic music that are the most successful." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 22, 2000.

"Carter Burwell's beautiful score is sparingly heard, alongside a wealth of Cuban tunes and additional music by Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson." - David Rooney, Variety, Sept. 9, 2000.

Audio Samples

iTunes Music Store lets you audition and download either the entire CD or specific tracks.

The CD of Before Night Falls contains 2 pieces of score over which Javier Bardem delivers beautiful readings of Reynaldo Arenas's poetry. The iTunes links below take you to the CD versions, the other links provide the score without the voiceover.

 Title   Format   Len 
Trees Have a Life     mp3   2:23
Balloon Escape   iTunes mp3   2:55
The Most Beautiful Flower     mp3   1:07
The Roof Vanishes (Return from the Hospital)   iTunes mp3   2:26

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Film Info

Directed by Julian Schnabel
Written by Reynaldo Arenas (memoir), Cunningham O'Keefe, Lazaro Gomez Carriles, Julian Schnabel
Produced by Jon Kilik

Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by Carter Burwell
Music Editor: Todd Kasow
Music Scoring Mixer: Mike Farrow
Contractor: Sandy Park
Recorded at National Edison Studio
Mixed at The Body Studio

Starring Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Johnny Depp

Released December, 2000

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