A new television adaptation premieres today.
There has been lots of talk about Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale and its depiction of totalitarian theocracy for a handful of reasons, but particularly because a television adaptation starring Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel and Orange is the New Black’s Samira Wiley is now available to watch on Hulu.
It is, however, not the first time someone has re-done Atwood’s work for screen. New German Cinema director Volker Schlöndorff made a film version of the novel, released in 1990, starring the late British actress Natasha Richardson, as well as Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall and Aidan Quinn. The film was scored by none other than Ryuichi Sakamato, whose first studio album in eight years, async, is out this Friday, April 29.
In honor of the premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale television drama, we’re revisiting Sakamoto’s score. Check out the first half below.