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 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is very proud to present the world premiere release of the original soundtrack to one of the most iconic films ever made:


Music Composed and Conducted by Franz Waxman

Theodore Dreiser’s novel An American Tragedy was published in 1925 and became hugely popular despite its two-volume length. In 1931, Paramount Pictures brought An American Tragedy to the screen, directed by Josef von Sternberg. That film version was not a hit with either critics or audiences – or Theodore Dreiser. It took another twenty years for Paramount to revisit An American Tragedy, but this time everything came together in perfect harmony to create what is certainly one of the greatest movies ever made.

Thanks to a perfect cast, perfect direction and an excellent screenplay, the story of a poor working class young man who comes to work for his wealthy uncle and gets embroiled in relationships with two very different women – one a fellow worker, and one a stunningly beautiful socialite – resonated with audiences and critics. The perfect direction was by George Stevens, the excellent screenplay was by Michael Wilson and Harry Brown, and the perfect cast included iconic performances by Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters, along with a great cast of supporting players that included Anne Revere, Fred Clark, Raymond Burr, Keefe Brasselle, Herbert Heyes, Shepperd Strudwick and Ted de Corsia. At Academy Awards time the film received a whopping nine nominations and took home the prize for six of them (Best Director; Best Writing, Screenplay; Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Costume Design, Black-and-White; Best Film Editing; and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture).

It would be difficult to imagine A Place in the Sun without its brilliant Franz Waxman score, distinguished by what is surely one of film music’s most beautiful and exquisite main themes. The heart and soul of Waxman’s score is “Vickers Theme,” and it recurs throughout the score in many guises. It’s a stunning theme and one that captures the essence of the film with sublime perfection. But all of Waxman’s music for the film is sublime – there’s really not much more to say than that because the proof is in the hearing. This is film music as film music is meant to be – not padding, not filler, not sound design – film music designed to underscore the images on screen, the characters, the drama.

The film was shot in 1949 and was originally going to be released the following year. However, Paramount delayed release until 1951 so it wouldn’t have two blockbuster hits competing against each other in the 1950 Academy Awards (the other blockbuster being Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd.). The delay in release enabled director George Stevens to keep tinkering with the editing and, in so doing, he decided that a few cues would need to be re-scored. Since Waxman did an astonishing seven films in 1951, it was probably impossible for him to do the re-scoring himself, so Daniele Amfitheatrof and Victor Young were both enlisted to perform the task. Both composers honored and adhered closely to Waxman’s music. It’s probably safe to say that it’s not really possible to think of film music without thinking of the name Franz Waxman. He was simply the crème de la crème, and A Place in the Sun is one of his true masterworks.

This world premiere release of the surviving A Place in the Sun music masters stored in the Paramount vaults – augmented by a couple of cues from the music and effects tracks – adds up to over fifty-one minutes of glorious music. Our wizard audio restoration man, Chris Malone, did amazing work on the cues taken from the masters, and – for the others – was somehow magically able to keep the music and eliminate the effects while never compromising the audio quality. Several cues are in the original form in which they were written by Waxman, and some are the re-scored versions.

A PLACE IN THE SUN is limited to 1000 copies only and priced at $19.98, plus shipping.

CD will ship the final week of August, but preorders placed at Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks early (we’ve been averaging four weeks). To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

1000 ?

This won't last long...

Glad I've just secured a copy !

Bravo and thanks Bruce !

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Thanks Bruce. Here's hoping that Chris Malone can do his wizardry on other "impossibilities".

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 6:46 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

What a beauty!

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   jonnyquest   (Member)

Wow what a fantastic release, just can't wait for this (and Missouri Breaks) to arrive! Thanks as always Bruce. The hits just keep coming!

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Wow! The sound clips sound wonderfully good, just as you said. (Not that I'd thought you were lying. It's just nice to actually hear it.)

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

Wow! Thanks for this Bruce, one of my favorite films / scores. When I saw the notice that this Oscar Winning Score was being released, I just about......

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)



 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

Absolute classic American score, should sell out fast! Ordering!!!

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   seacard   (Member)

Very nicely done, Bruce. I just noticed this thread two minutes ago, and I am glad we are no longer in the days of "Two Flags West / North to Alaska" when a run of 1000 would have sold out about 2 minutes after your announcement.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   georgefenton   (Member)

Thanks again Bruce!!!

A place in the sun is one of the best scores by the Master Franz Waxman.

Fantastic release!!!!!!

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   georgefenton   (Member)

"Elephant walk", "Botany Bay" and "Stalag 17" are wonderful scores!!!

And now "A place in the sun". It´s great!!!!!!

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Thanks again Bruce!!!

A place in the sun is one of the best scores by the Master Franz Waxman.

Fantastic release!!!!!!

Couldn't agree more.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

This is a "no brainer". Ordered.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

This has got to be one of the finest releases - ever! Thank you.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Another "Klassic from Kritzerland"!!!!

And they just keep coming. Amazing.

Thanks, Bruce, not only for releasing this, but obviously for taking the time and effort (and money) to clean it up and make it presentable again.

The sound clips are astonishing after all we've heard over the years about the sad case of A PLACE IN THE SUN and its music elements.

(......but how soon do you think it will be until someone posts the old thread from some years ago about "who composed what" in APITS----a thread laced with delirious speculation AND fisticuffs, accusations AND insults. One of the great FSM "battles" of all time. smile

I'm hoping your internal studio access to Paramount's production notes will finally lay it all out clearly and dispassionately.)

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

An instant purchase. Good to have this legitimately available.

An interesting footnote to the film:

In October 1965, George Stevens brought a $2,000,000 lawsuit against Paramount, the NBC television network and unnamed advertising agencies and sponsors, in order to prevent the broadcast of "A Place in the Sun" on television. Stevens objected to the insertion of commercials, which he felt created a "'distorted, truncated and segmented version' of the film." Stevens argued that he had begun work on the film while he was under contract with Liberty Films, Inc., an independent company owned by Stevens with producer Samuel Briskin, Frank Capra and William Wyler. The terms of Stevens' contract with Liberty stipulated that he had "sole control of the production and direction of his pictures, and that under all circumstances 'the right to edit, cut and score" them. After Stevens' and the other filmmakers' stock in Liberty was bought out by Paramount, Liberty became a wholly-owned subsidiary, and Stevens' original contract terms remained intact. Stevens complained that NBC was threatening to edit the picture in order to insert commercials, without his consent.

On 15 February 1966, Stevens convinced a Los Angeles judge to issue an injuction against NBC, prohibiting "artistic damage" to the film through injudicious inserts. Despite the ruling, the film was telecast on NBC on 12 March 1966, and in late May 1966, the network was found not guilty of contempt of court by Judge Richard L. Wells, who argued that the commercials did not hurt the power and strength of the film. In late May 1967, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ben Koenig, in response to Stevens' October 1965 suit, ruled that NBC had not edited or cut "A Place in the Sun" in the "artistic or trade sense of the words." Although Stevens lost the majority of his suit, Koenig did note that a small bit of the "dramatic portion" of the film was trimmed, and awarded Stevens one dollar in token damages.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 12:23 PM   
 By:   Martin B.   (Member)


Never seen the film, but wow those samples are wonderful. ORDERED !
Do wish it had been announced tomorrow so I could have combined it with LLL releases. I could have waited but didn't want to risk loosing out.

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

BK, could you please put one aside for me for about a week?

 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)


Ordered immediately!

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