Birdman ou (La Surprenante vertu de l'ignorance) Soundtrack (

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Actor Riggan Thomson is most famous for his movie role from over twenty years ago of the comic book superhero Birdman in the blockbuster movie of the same name and its two equally popular sequels. His association with the role took over his life, where Birdman is more renowned than "Riggan Thomson" the actor.

Now past middle age, Riggan is trying to establish himself as a true artist by writing, directing, starring in and co-producing with his best friend Jake what is his Broadway debut, an adaptation of Raymond Carver's story, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. He is staking his name, what little artistic reputation that comes with that name and his life savings on the project, and as such will do anything needed to make the play a success.

As he and Jake go through the process of the previews toward opening night, Riggan runs into several issues: needing to find a replacement for the integral supporting male role the night before the first preview; hiring the talented Broadway name, Mike Shiner, for that role, Mike who ends up being difficult to work with and who may end up overshadowing Riggan in the play; having to deal potentially with a lawsuit based on one of his actions to ensure success; needing to be there for his daughter, Sam, who he has hired to be his production assistant and who has just come out of drug rehab; and pleasing the New York Times critic, Tabitha Dickinson, who wants to use any excuse to give the play a scathing review which in turn would close the show after the opening night performance.

But Riggan's biggest problem may be his own insecurities, which are manifested by him constantly hearing what he believes to be the truth from the voice of his Birdman character, who he often battles both internally and externally.

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Birdman ou (La Surprenante vertu de l'ignorance)
Birdman Blind Melody
Joan Valent: Composer
Joan Valent: Composer
BB Drum Beats
Brian Blade: Composer
Pavane pour une infante défunte
Symphony No. 9 in D
Jazz Bar Music
Symphony No. 5 Op. 64 in E Minor: Andante Cantabile
Dream Team
Jeff Bernat: Writer
Jeff Bernat: Performer
Ich bin der Welt Abhanden Gekommen [Rückert-Lieder]
Gustav Mahler: Writer
Violeta Urmana: Performer
Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36.2 in Andantino in Modo Di Canzone
Passacaille (Très large) [Piano Trio in A Minor]
Chorus of Exiled Palestinians from The Death of Klinghoffer
John Adams: Composer
Alice Goodman: Libretto
Harmonium: III. Wild Nights
John Adams: Composer
Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27 (Movements 1 and 2) Largo, Allegro Moderato
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Composer
Neville Marriner: Performer

User reviews

Matthew Martin

The integration of classical music in key moments elevates the emotional impact of the scenes, providing a rich and sophisticated auditory experience.

Kimberly Taylor

I found the overall sound design of the film to be overpowering at times, with the music competing with dialogue and ambient noise, making it difficult to fully immerse myself in the story. The lack of balance between sound elements detracted from the viewing experience.

Brian Hill

The eclectic mix of jazz and percussion in the soundtrack perfectly captures the chaotic and intense inner struggles of Riggan Thomson, adding depth to the character development.

Mark Johnson

The use of jazz drumming in the score adds a sense of urgency and unease to the film, mirroring Riggan's increasing desperation.

Robert Nelson

The dissonant and experimental nature of the score mirrors Riggan's own internal conflicts and psychological turmoil.

Melissa Williams

The innovative use of unconventional instruments, such as brass and woodwinds, adds a unique and avant-garde quality to the soundtrack, enhancing the film's overall artistic vision.

Deborah Miller

The haunting piano melodies create a sense of melancholy and introspection, reflecting Riggan's inner turmoil and existential crisis.

Stephanie Wright

The use of drum solos throughout the film enhances the sense of urgency and tension, mirroring Riggan's desperate attempts to prove himself as a legitimate artist.

Karen Hall

The soundtrack of Birdman ou (La Surprenante vertu de l'ignorance) perfectly captures the chaotic and frenetic energy of Riggan's internal struggles.

Laura Lopez

The eclectic mix of classical music, jazz, and percussion creates a unique and dynamic sonic landscape for the story to unfold.

Brian Carter

The music complements the film's themes of identity, fame, and artistic ambition in a haunting and memorable way.

Robert Scott

The soundtrack effectively blurs the line between reality and fantasy, enhancing the surreal atmosphere of the movie.

Mark Smith

The use of subtle motifs and recurring themes in the music helps to unify the narrative and reinforce key emotional beats.

Deborah Thompson

Overall, the soundtrack of Birdman ou (La Surprenante vertu de l'ignorance) is a vital and integral part of the film, elevating the viewing experience to a whole new level.

James Davis

The soundtrack enhances the film's sense of tension and unpredictability, keeping the audience on edge throughout.

Andrew Anderson

The music did not effectively enhance the emotional impact of key scenes in the film. Instead of elevating the tension or drama, the soundtrack felt disconnected and at times even distracting from the on-screen action.

George Lopez

The soundtrack brilliantly mirrors Riggan's internal conflicts, with dissonant sounds and abrupt shifts in tone conveying the character's inner chaos and struggle for identity.

Timothy Johnson

The soundtrack of Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) felt repetitive and lacked diversity in musical styles. It failed to capture the complexity and depth of the characters and storyline.