Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Category:Movie | Comedy | Drama

  • Genre: Score
  • Music By: Antonio Sanchez
  • Released: 2014
  • Time: 01:17:24
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01. Get Ready
02. Dirty Walk
03. Just Chatting
04. Waiting For What
05. Semi Comfortable In 3
06. Strut, Pt. 1
07. Doors and Distance
08. Night Chatter
09. Almost Human
10. Schizo
11. Internal War
12. Kinda Messy
13. Strut, Pt. 2
14. Claustrophobia
15. Fire Trail
16. The Anxious Battle for Sanity
17. The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 9 in D - 1st Movement: Andante Comodo
18. Stefano Seghedoni - Symphony No. 5 Op. 64 in E Minor: Andante Cantabile
19. Pierre Boulez, Violeta Urmana & Wiener Philharmoniker - Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen
20. Beaux Arts Trio - Passacaille (Tres Large)
21. Kent Nagano, The London Opera Chorus & The Opera De Lyon - Prologue: Chorus of Exiled Palestinians
22. The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27 - II Allegro Molto

Academy Awards,
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Achievement in Directing
Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Best Achievement in Cinematography
BAFTA Awards
Best Cinematography
Golden Globes
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
AFI Awards
Movie of the Year

Digital Booklet

I met Antonio Sanchez 10 years ago at a sublime Pat Metheney concert in Los Angeles. Like me, Antonio is a Chilango. Unlike me, Antonio is one of the best drummers in the world. I became a fan and luckily a friend. At that concert, Antonio, like a human octopus, played a solo that made me wonder how just four extensions of a human body could propel so many beats, emotions, sounds, ideas and extraordinary rhythms.

I attempted Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) to be experienced in one continuous and uninterrupted shot. Very much as we live our lives. But not having the possibility to fragment time and space, it is almost a contradiction to the nature of cinema itself.


I thought the drums would help me to find the internal rhythm of the film and the audience will flow with it.

One week before I started the shoot in NY, Antonio Sanchez recorded, with majestic graciousness and imagination, dozens of eclectic beats based on my terrible attempts right there to explain to him with mouth rhythms (like "KA KA UG UG PA PASH'...he was generous enough to not laugh at me) the emotions of the characters and needs of each scene. Antonio provided and improvised an amazing amount of possible rhythms; each one was better than the other. It was a real joy… Those beats became a kind of metronome inside Riggan's head.

The classical music? What else can be said of such composers and music marvels? They all belong to my personal favorite music geniuses but most importantly, each of these pieces were selected by our character Riggan Thomson to be played not as a score, but right there, at the center of his Carver-adapted theater play.

We all are just playing a role in it.


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