Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman presents JULIA

The score, redolent of piano and strings, reflects all of the traits associated with Julia Child—joyful, amorous, soulful, and strong.  The film released by Sony Pictures Classics and directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West is in theaters now.

JULIA brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s 12-year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, and her rapid ascent to become the country’s most unlikely television star. It’s the empowering story of a woman who found her purpose – and her fame – at 50 and took America along on the whole delicious journey.

Says Portman: “I love that Julia Child clearly loved food so much. I think making food for others is one of the greatest gifts we can give. There’s definitely something in us that goes back to our earliest days on earth and being fed by our mothers. Food gives nurture and cooking for others is a way of giving love. It’s nourishment for the soul.

What can be more delightful than writing music for such a character as Julia? The directors Betsy and Julie were up for having fun in the score and words such as badass, edgy, trapped housewives preparing Spam and Pineapple dinners, sex, sensuality, and nostalgia were used to describe what they wanted from the music. So, as well as the theme of food and love, I didn’t shy away from being at times bold and funny with the score. At others, it needed to be full of love and yearning. The film is a rich canvas for writing a score and I loved composing its music.”

Cohen and West note: “This is music as fresh as salad nicoise, as tender as sole meuniere, and as rich as chocolate ganache. Rachel’s luscious score hits all of the emotional notes we could have dreamed of to bring Julia’s story surging to life.”

Track List

01. Fed By Our Mothers

02. Growing Up

03. Pining for Adventure

04. Spam and Pineapple

05. Discovery of Food and Love

06. Paris

07. The Only Woman

08. Strong Opinions

09. She Could Ad Lib

10. Tasting as you Cook

11. Such a Character

12. Julia is the Star

13. Bob

14. Provence

15. Paul Unwell

16. Bon Appetit

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