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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Lust for Life
 
 Posted:   Sep 28, 2013 - 5:41 PM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)

Thank-you to those posters who mention classic scores that I have not listened to in many years.
I took FSM's Lust for Life and the re-recording by Rozsa and the Frankenland Orch. out to give them
a spin. These are golden Rozsa. They sound full bodied and clear, a well-deserved encore.


Yes, same thoughts here. This post actually encouraged me to see the movie for the FIRST TIME.

Wow, a Main Title. And it's by Rozsa.

I don't know what I expected, but I've always loved this score of Rozsa's. The DVD is a bit short of special features, but then, everybody's gone now.

I seem to remember reading somewhere or other that Rozsa's involvement in this movie kind of led to his own involvement as an art collector.

I'm hoping that someone else can shed more light on this.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 29, 2013 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   jonathan_little   (Member)

It's quite good, but Fox Studio orchestra recordings sound better than MGM scoring stage.

Perhaps they did in 1956, but after a decades of rotting away it seems the average MGM score of the era survived in better shape than those from Fox. Lust of Life is one of the best sounding recordings from the era in my opinion.

Ben-Hur is plagued with some over-modulation which seemed to be typical when it came to MGM. It affected overtures most significantly, as if the recording engineer felt those needed to be laid down extra loud for some reason.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2016 - 5:49 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Has anybody ever questioned the curious publicity still that appears on the last page of FSM's booklet? At first glance it appears to be the tavern set from the movie. But look closely. There's Kirk in the center, but he's wearing his best suit from some other scene. The profile at the right looks like Anthony Quinn, but he's forgotten Gauguin's mustache. And why is the dwarfish figure of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec standing next to Kirk Douglas? That artist, portrayed by Jose Ferrer in MOULIN ROUGE, was a contemporary of van Gogh, but he does not appear in LUST FOR LIFE. And the rest of the cafe denizens? They remind me of the posed figures in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS more than anything in the Minnelli's 1956 film. So what's going on here?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2016 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

Has anybody ever questioned the curious publicity still that appears on the last page of FSM's booklet? At first glance it appears to be the tavern set from the movie. But look closely. There's Kirk in the center, but he's wearing his best suit from some other scene. The profile at the right looks like Anthony Quinn, but he's forgotten Gauguin's mustache. And why is the dwarfish figure of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec standing next to Kirk Douglas? That artist, portrayed by Jose Ferrer in MOULIN ROUGE, was a contemporary of van Gogh, but he does not appear in LUST FOR LIFE. And the rest of the cafe denizens? They remind me of the posed figures in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS more than anything in the Minnelli's 1956 film. So what's going on here?

Good question! I hadn't previously looked closely at that picture. Obviously a publicity still but it does make one curious about the thinking behind it and how it was promoted. Maybe Lukas Kendall has the answer.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2016 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

For some reason I didn't buy this when it was released, but after viewing the great looking Warner Blu-ray I thought I must have this, it was sold out buy then, but I managed to buy a new FSM CD from an Amazon seller (& the price worked out about the same). I love it, I like to put my headphones on & just let it wash over me. I also love Valley Of The Kings, what a catchy score! And if you want a great score for a so-so film, how about Rozsa's, The Kings Thief, included on the FSM Knights Of The Round Table set, amazingly still available.

 
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