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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Marathon Man/The Parallax View
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


We have one or two CDs every year where after it's done I exhale and say, thank god we got that one done! Marathon Man is a jewel.

Lukas

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   mildcigar   (Member)

We have one or two CDs every year where after it's done I exhale and say, thank god we got that one done! Marathon Man is a jewel.

Lukas


It was indeed a Mega Release. A great soundtrack to a great film.

Well done Lukas and co.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Indeed it is Lukas! It was worth it (and I know that's easy for me to say, who put no work whatsoever into purchasing it).

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Yeah! One of FSM's finest. For those who missed it, I did a blog about Parallax a while back...

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/daily/article.cfm/articleID/6494/The-Virgin-Spin-Blogs-No.-2---The-Parallax-View-1974---Small/

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I rewatched Marathon Man a few weeks ago to help me hear/appreciate the score better.
I was so busy playing Parallax View over and over (the real meat of the CD for me) that I didn't mind putting off listening to MM for awhile.
Strangely, I remembered individual scenes from the film, but not the whole.
The Scheider balcony attack scene, the love scene, drilling scene, recognition on the streets and the climax on the metal stairs were all vivid to my memory. But I'd forgot their connection to the whole thing. Quite weird, because I've never had that happen with any other film before.
The main theme wraps itself in your brain and stays there. The Parallax redo theme is wryly amusing. The Chase tracks are amazing, you just don't hear stuff like that anymore.
Either score would have made a tremendous CD on it's own.
Put together, they're the essential film score purchase of the year.

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 10:13 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

We have one or two CDs every year where after it's done I exhale and say, thank god we got that one done! Marathon Man is a jewel.


I'm guessing The Yakuza was another one for you, in a past year.

Was Marathon Man the only release like that for you this year, so far? Star Trek III maybe?

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 2:39 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

I'm assuming that Lukas exhaled and dabbed the sweat off his brow after getting this great CD out simply because it is another release he can be proud of, which had been a holy grail for many for so long. But maybe he means it was such a pain in the arse (ass) to get over all the bloody hurdles that he thought at the end - "Thank the Lord that's over!" Or is it a bit of both?

Didn't LK also mention once that he can't listen to THE OMEGA MAN any more simply because of all the work it entailed to get the damn thing out? And that was one of his favourite scores at one time! Is there now a kind of love/hate relationship with MARATHON MAN? (We all love it, he now hates it!) Or am I reading too much into this?

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2010 - 1:20 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

I rewatched Marathon Man a few weeks ago to help me hear/appreciate the score better.
I was so busy playing Parallax View over and over (the real meat of the CD for me) that I didn't mind putting off listening to MM for awhile.
Strangely, I remembered individual scenes from the film, but not the whole.
The Scheider balcony attack scene, the love scene, drilling scene, recognition on the streets and the climax on the metal stairs were all vivid to my memory. But I'd forgot their connection to the whole thing. Quite weird, because I've never had that happen with any other film before.
The main theme wraps itself in your brain and stays there. The Parallax redo theme is wryly amusing. The Chase tracks are amazing, you just don't hear stuff like that anymore.
Either score would have made a tremendous CD on it's own.
Put together, they're the essential film score purchase of the year.


Parallax is a whole step up from Marathon Man in terms of creative achievement. Small hits the nail perfectly on the head, too bad it's not Marathon Man that was lost and Parallax in glorious sound. Still, even with the current state of the recording it can be enjoyed so easily, it's everything someone is looking for from Michael Small and more. Who knows whether one day the original media will "turn up".

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2010 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

I just saw Marathon Man last night for the first time, and wow, I loved it. What a nailbiter.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed Horner's favorite four-note "danger motif" in the main title theme. big grin

You can hear it at 0:35 in this clip: http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/store/MP3/1305/01_Main_Title_from_Marathon_Man.mp3

Now, I'm off to immerse myself in the FSM CD and finally read the liner notes (which I'd purposely avoided reading until after I had a chance to view the film).

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2010 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Paramount released The Parallax View and Chinatown within the same week way back in 1974. But Chinatown was the smash!

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2010 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)



Didn't LK also mention once that he can't listen to THE OMEGA MAN any more simply because of all the work it entailed to get the damn thing out? And that was one of his favourite scores at one time! Is there now a kind of love/hate relationship with MARATHON MAN? (We all love it, he now hates it!) Or am I reading too much into this?


I think he said he just heard it too many times and spoiled it for himself.
"like a kid who had his hand in the cookie jar too many times". Or something to that effect.

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2010 - 4:47 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

After lavishing so much attention on The Parallax View, I've been concentrating on the "darling" of this two-fer, Marathon Man. Tracks #12 ("Airport"), #26-27 (Jewelry Market Pt. 1; Market Continuation") all have the same pulselike bit as heard in The Parallax View. Not a bad thing, mind you and I'm quickly growing to love this spare, complex, and endlessly enjoyable score. Michael Small and that era of films--and film scoring--are certainly missed.

Another thing I like is the additional online liner notes. At first I thought that not having a track-by-track analysis in the booklet proper was a mistake but often times those merely describe the onscreen action.

P.S. Don't you just adore those '70s synthesizers??? Yowza!

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2010 - 4:39 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Interesting BBC2 program, "Moviedrome", that discusses conspiracy theories and The Parallax View. At about the six-minute mark, presenter Alex Cox mentions how Williams' score for JFK was influenced by Small's Parallax score. I'll have to dig out my copy of the former to listen for similarities; can't think of any offhand. Feel free to discuss.

Damn, this stuff makes me (even more) paranoid! embarrassment

Small's repeating riff absolutely gets me queasy sometimes; it's frightening as hell, because of all that it implies.



Parallax View trailer:

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2010 - 5:28 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Small reuses that pulsing riff in Marathon Man, as well. He knew it was good!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2010 - 8:35 AM   
 By:   Melchior   (Member)

Does anyone know what sort of synthesizer were used for Marathon Man?

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2010 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Dave Grusin made use of an electric guitar (I'm guessing here) for when Redford's character, Joe Turner, first steps out into the wider post-massacre world in 3 Days Of the Condor. It's a simple series of tones that are used which leave the listener without a shred of doubt about what's being conveyed. Very effective use of minimalist expression. Terrific.

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2011 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   mildcigar   (Member)

Nearly a year since this was released by FSM.

Quite a blockbuster score.

Mild.

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2011 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Nearly a year since this was released by FSM.

Quite a blockbuster score.


A most-cherished release. I'd love to see a Criterion edition of Parallax View.

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2011 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Nearly a year since this was released by FSM.

Quite a blockbuster score.


A most-cherished release. I'd love to see a Criterion edition of Parallax View.


That would be swell. The original DVD is 12 years old and apparently not so easy to come by these days.

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2011 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

...I still haven't picked up this CD yet. I guess I'll have to do that sometime.

 
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