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In the case of the TV Guide site, it should be pointed out that just because there is a listing for the film on that site does not mean that the film can actually be viewed. If you scroll down on the page for "Story of a Woman" you'll find the notation that "This movie is not yet available online."
I can' t recall exactly the last time WOR-TV CHANNEL 9 showed this film. I know it had a NBC TV premiere, the old TV guide I am holding in my hand has that. It was shortly put into syndication in the 70's in which stations like Channel 9 in New York show it a few times. But I am not sure if it was still shown by the end of the decade.Eye of the cat another obscure item was shown up until 1979, so there was Betamax recordings of that picture floating around.
Very interesting to hear! I'm glad this was discovered. I noticed there is a Music Supervisor credit which may explain for some odd choices that I don't think Williams would have done on his own. Whenever Williams has done classical pastiche there is a link that is explainable and appropriate to the movie. This main title music feels completely tacked on. There is some similarity to things he is done but I'm going to say it isn't a Williams piece. But if I'm wrong, he wrote it to satisfy the Music Supervisor, I'm thinking. He wouldn't write something that clumsily dramatic to a scene where basically nothing is happening.
Well, my impression is that the theme signifies the romance, but also the buzz and activity of Rome (especially if you also look at its two other appearances later in the film) -- plus, it also establishes Bibi Andersson's profession as a classical concert pianist.
In either case, I'm happy it was as "in-your-face" as it is, since it's really one of the highlights of the entire score (providing it IS his piece, of course).
The only advantage to a non-Williams classical piece would be to have Williams write specific to the scene but it is pretty clear that, whatever virtues the piece may have, it isn't written to match the scene in any meaningful sense other than providing a kind of mood. Might as well use an already existing piece for that. Weirder decisions have been made though and, again, the music supervisor credit suggests that the creative idea was the supervisor, even if Williams had a role in composing it. I'm doubtful that is Williams but can't really rule it out as a possibilility since Williams is so good at embodying other voices if he wants to.
@Ron Burbella Those sites are fraud. I mean there is no film online.
By the way, I wanted to mention this also: Sometime ago (while I was searching for the film), i had found a person in Italy that was selling 35mm films, and among them was this film also! By the time i sent him a message, he had already sold it! (and didn't remember who the buyer was also) So, even if the film is lost in studios archives etc., at least one private collector has it!! (though I don't know what is the condition of that 35mm film)
Don't visit those scam sites. They will screw up your computer, and as Konstantinos says, they do NOT have the film. The only place the film is currently available for viewing -- and safely, at that -- is the Youtube video posted earlier.
Just posting a youtube video of the highlight cue I had posted earlier in the thread.
If any of the labels is reading, would it be possible to bring the matter of a possible re-recording forth in case you would be interested? The orchestral parts are there, in the Universal Music Library.