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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Marathon Man/The Parallax View
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 8:22 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

How 'bout a little Parallax love, hmm?

"He's dumb. He's a real turkey. You know, you move his plate five inches, that boy's gonna starve to death."



I'll be honest Allardyce, marathon man I love, and have seen probably a dozen times and adore the score. Parallax View I struggled to get through once in the 70s on TV - doesnt someone go out of a window in it ? - I found it hard going, although I was young at the time so maybe wasnt mature enough to follow it - and simply dont remember much score in it. Perhaps it was typically low-key Small music in that in created atmosphere without being obvious? Either way Im sure I'll enjoy the CD when it arrives.


PS is it safe.


Bill, you REALLY need to watch Parallax again. You'll appreciate it, I think. I too saw it when I was very young, and it was too cerebral for me to grasp. Also, if you didn't see it in its original widescreen format, that makes all the difference. When I saw it some years later as an adult and in widescreen format, it was instant film-love for me. The music is brilliant, and so is the film. Give it a try. I think you'll dig it today as opposed to then.

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 8:25 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)


Is it just me and my Parallax programming but is the sound of the alarm from the dam one of the most tense scenes? Joe Frady battling the sheriff...love it and this score.


It's not just you. That whole scene is creepy and it's edited so tightly that the surprise moment with the sheriff turning on Frady is kind of a shock, like a slap on the head. The film has a few moments like that in which sound is the pivotal, jarring element (e.g. the ending).

"Don't touch me unless ya love me."

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

"Don't abuse your sampling privileges."

Neil


Privileges?

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)


Is it just me and my Parallax programming but is the sound of the alarm from the dam one of the most tense scenes? Joe Frady battling the sheriff...love it and this score.


It's not just you. That whole scene is creepy and it's edited so tightly that the surprise moment with the sheriff turning on Frady is kind of a shock, like a slap on the head. The film has a few moments like that in which sound is the pivotal, jarring element (e.g. the ending).

"Don't touch me unless ya love me."


It's like the movie got inside my head in that scene; it's so effective. Not many films can create that kind of tension with the sound of everyday things. The 1998 WWII film When Trumpets Fade also has that effect, when the sickly-sounding whistle signals the troops to move yet again into the Hurtgen Forest.

But back to Parallax again--I don't recall if Small scored that scene in the river or let the action tell the story alone. If he didn't, it was a smart move. If there's music, I don't remember it; that's how good that scene is...

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)


But back to Parallax again--I don't recall if Small scored that scene in the river or let the action tell the story alone. If he didn't, it was a smart move. If there's music, I don't remember it; that's how good that scene is...


If memory serves me correctly, there was no music in that sequence. Pakula & Small were always good at knowing where to have music, and where not. Some of those lengthy dialogue sequences in Parallax would have been hindered by music, perhaps making the scenes too melodramatic or ominous. The lack of music in key scenes was perfect, letting the characters and the audience soak up the paranoia and tension without distraction. Sometimes silence is ...err...not golden...umm...silver? I dunno. You get my meanin'.

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Welcome to the testing room of the Parallax Corporation's division of human engineering."

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 10:27 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Of course, I think Small's score to The Parallax View would go on to have a very strong influence on Peter Hyams. Apart from hiring Small to emulate said score for his film The Star Chamber, that pulsing/twisted-style music would continue in his films like Outland (Goldsmith), Narrow Margin (Broughton) , The Relic and Sudden Death (Debney).

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

It's officially safe. Just got my shipping notice!

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   workingwithknives   (Member)

Just recieved my shipping confirmation too but it's not safe yet... Not until it's in my hands.

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Received shipping Confirmation yesterday but did not want to be first to say in case it was not Safe.

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

Freud...Black Sunday and now Marathon Man. I'm still not over this wonderful shock.

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Freud...Black Sunday and now Marathon Man. I'm still not over this wonderful shock.

*And* you get your Roy Scheider fix!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 12:25 PM   
 By:   Miguel Rojo   (Member)

erm.......isnt there a scene in Gremlins where one of the mad monsters bears down on our hero with dentist's tools shouting something?

Now what was it?

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 12:34 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

erm.......isnt there a scene in Gremlins where one of the mad monsters bears down on our hero with dentist's tools shouting something?

Now what was it?


Gremlins 2 to be precise. I think it was something like....... oh I can't remember.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Vermithrax Pejorative   (Member)

I remember...I think it was "Squeal Like A Pig!!!" wink

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   Vermithrax Pejorative   (Member)

btw, has it been confirmed yet if the track-by-track analysis is in the actual CD booklet, or only available online?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   Miguel Rojo   (Member)

Gremlins 2 to be precise. I think it was something like....... oh I can't remember.

Ahh Gremlins 2. Thanks Mutant.
the one where they take over the building isnt it?


now if only I could remember it.....?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   mguevarra61   (Member)

Have the copies been shipped yet?

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Have the copies been shipped yet?



Mine Has.

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

I wonder if Dustin Hoffman's dentist has to resist saying it every time he has a check-up?

 
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