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 Posted:   Jul 26, 2015 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

A few days early, but I'm commencing the birthday wishes for Mr. Theodorakis.

He was born July 29, 1925 and will attain the Big 9-0 on Wednesday.

Happy B-Day, Mikis. smile



May we FSMers yet hear your film music for British and French films on disc in the future.

FACES IN THE DARK

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2015 - 6:47 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

Yes, 'Best Wishes' to Mr. Theodorakis! Question: What is that 'Faces in the Dark'? A film, a score or a book?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2015 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

What is that 'Faces in the Dark'? A film, a score or a book?

Faces in the Dark is a British film made by Penington Eady productions.
This was shot in 1959, but released in the U.K. during 1960 (& didn't get shown in the U.S. until '64).
David Eady was the director.
This thriller script was based upon a novel ("Les Visages De L'Ombre") by the writing team of Pierre Boileau & Thomas Narcejac (who authored the story sources for Clouzot's Diabolique, Vertigo, Franju's Les yeux sans visage, etc.).
As such, there's portions of the story which takes place in France and some of the minor characters speaks French but most of this flick is rather much in the vein of Hammer's psycho-thrillers such as Taste of Fear. (.i.e., the 'let's-make-the-protagonist-think-he's-losing-his-mind' plot)

To my knowledge, the film has only been available on a region 2 DVD (which I own):



The music score by Theodorakis has never been on a soundtrack album, but Mr. Kraft does own a music sheet (pictured in the OP).
The score itself is fascinating (to me) because it is scored for only a trio of instruments: Ondes Martenot, piano & jazz bass fiddle. I don't think this combo has been used in any other composition (whether for cinema or concert hall).
The main title sequences actually credits the woman who performs on the Ondes Martenot (a French name as I recall). This indicates to me that the music by Theodorakis may have been recorded in France (Theodorakis also resided in France between 1955 & 1960, after which he decided to return to Greece) as I am unaware of Theodorakis ever recording film music in the U.K.

Theodorakis was also the composer for Shadow Of The Cat, which was somehow also produced by Penington before this picture became a "Hammer" film. (was this a merger or a take-over situation? Did Hammer buy out Penington?)
Nonetheless, Theodorakis got involved with Shadow Of The Cat no doubt through his association with Penington productions and Faces In The Dark. The music by Theodorakis might (again) have been recorded in France and Hammer did not have it re-scored by any British composer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=q9vVS-OL4eU

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2015 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   On the Score   (Member)

A few days early, but I'm commencing the birthday wishes for Mr. Theodorakis.

He was born July 29, 1925 and will attain the Big 9-0 on Wednesday.

Happy B-Day, Mikis. smile



May we FSMers yet hear your film music for British and French films on disc in the future.

FACES IN THE DARK


Further proof that anti semitism is long lived. But then. I enjoy Wagner, even if this composer hasn't begun to scale those heights

http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Zorba-the-Greek-composer-Im-anti-Semitic

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2015 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   mucrim   (Member)

Happy birthday dear master genius

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2015 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   laurent   (Member)

The Battle of Sutjeska is a really great score !

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2015 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   zippy   (Member)

When the mood strikes, I enjoy running through selections from "Z", "State of Siege", "Serpico" and even "The Day the Fish Came Out"(so weird and fun).
Sadly, "Fish" (on Sakkaris Label) is sourced from a rather beaten up Lp. frown Why? Dunno!

Happy Birthday and thanks for the hours of listening pleasure, Mikis Theodorakis!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2015 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

FIVE MILES TO MIDNIGHT!

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2015 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   captain X   (Member)

... and THE MAN WITH THE CARNATION, PHAEDRA, ELEKTRA, IPHIGENIA, and SERPICO of course.

Happy 9th Miki!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2015 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

A few days early, but I'm commencing the birthday wishes for Mr. Theodorakis.

He was born July 29, 1925 and will attain the Big 9-0 on Wednesday.

Happy B-Day, Mikis. smile



May we FSMers yet hear your film music for British and French films on disc in the future.

FACES IN THE DARK


Further proof that anti semitism is long lived. But then. I enjoy Wagner, even if this composer hasn't begun to scale those heights

http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Zorba-the-Greek-composer-Im-anti-Semitic


According to my Greekesh friends not that atypical in Greece but his views are out there. Way out there.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2015 - 4:58 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

http://www.dw.com/en/greeces-musical-hero-mikis-theodorakis-turns-90/a-18610091

 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2018 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)


He's at it again, this time over the Macedonia row:

Mass Greek protest over Macedonia name http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42937889

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2018 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   Milan NS   (Member)

Yeah, and he is right, too.

"Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" is a joke.

 
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