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Memoirs of a Geisha
Memoirs of a Geisha

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Release date: December 9, 2005
Studios: DreamWorks Pictures and Columbia Pictures
Running Time: 144 minutes
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe,  Michelle Yeoh,  Koji Yakusho, Youki Kudoh, Kaori Momoi, Tsai Chin, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Suzuka Ohgo, Gong Li, Randall Duk, Mako, Kenneth Tsang, Thomas Ikeda, Zoe Weizenbaum, Shizuko Hoshi

Originally slated to be directed by Seven Spielberg, Rob Marshall took over the reins of this long-planned adaptation of Arthur Golden's novel of the same name.

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The Music

Music composed and conducted by: John Williams

Williams had of course been slated to score the film when Spielberg was attached to the project as director.  But after the film passed into the hands of Rob Marshall, the composer took the rare step of lobbying to remain on the job. "I've never asked to do a movie before," he is quoted as saying by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Williams suggested using Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman as soloists in the score.  The composer had collaborated with both musicians before, both on recording projects and film scores (Seven Years in Tibet and Schindler's List, respectively).

Reviewing the film for Variety, Todd McCarthy notes that "John Williams' excellent score is dominated by Japanese instrumentations, abetted by Western-style thematic work soulfully played by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman." In The Hollywood Reporter, Kirk Honeycutt wrote: "The lavish kimonos, a sumo match, geisha dances, John Williams' lyrical East-meets-West musical score and atmospheric cinematography by Dion Beebe emphasizing deep, dark colors all are hallmarks of classic Hollywood filmmaking."

Williams' score has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award.  In a statement printed in Variety, Williams said: "I’m thrilled and gratified by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s nomination for their prestigious Golden Globe Award. Their annual recognition of selected scores contributes greatly to the awareness and appreciation of music in film and I feel privileged that they’ve included Memoirs of a Geisha among the many fine choices they’ve made this year."

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Audio

The soundtrack album to Memoirs of a Geisha was released by Sony Classical on November 22, 2005.  It debuted at number six on Billboard's classical-crossover chart.


Video

Memoirs of a Geisha is currently playing in theaters and will likely be released on DVD in mid-2006.

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References

"Karen Han harmonizes at CAPA," Jane Vranish
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 13 2005

"Review: Memoirs of a Geisha," Todd McCarthy
Variety, November 21 2005

"Review: Memoirs of a Geisha," Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter, November 21 2005

"Master class: Williams earns himself a spot in pantheon of composers," Jon Burlingame
Variety, November 30 2005

"Underneath the Mask of a Heroine," Manohla Dargis
New York Times, December 9 2005

"Memoirs of a director: Rob Marshall on his new film about Geisha," Christopher Rawson
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 11 2005

"It's never too early for an ego boost," Jill Feiwell
Variety, December 14 2005

"Yo-Yo Ma reunites with John Williams and Itzhak Perlman for Geisha score," Nekesa Mumbi Moody
Associated Press, December 20 2005

"Two films better heard than seen," Porter Anderson
CNN, December 29 2005

Memoirs of a Geisha

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Links

Internet Movie Database entry for Memoirs of a Geisha

Official Web site for Memoirs of a Geisha


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