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Green Fire/Bhowani Junction (1954/1956)
Music by Miklos Rozsa
Green Fire/Bhowani Junction Green Fire/Bhowani Junction Green Fire/Bhowani Junction
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Price: $14.96
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: April 2003
Catalog #: Vol. 6, No. 5
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music

Miklós Rózsa scored two films for M-G-M in the mid-1950s set in exotic locations: modern-day Colombia for Green Fire (1954) and post-WWII India for Bhowani Junction (1956). Each movie required foreign sounds, yet the resultant scores are as different as night and day: grandiose symphonic scoring for Green Fire, and atmospheric, indigenous tracks for Bhowani Junction.

Green Fire is an action-adventure romance starring Stewart Granger as an emerald prospector and Grace Kelly as the owner of a Colombian coffee plantation. Granger finds an abandoned emerald mine and is determined to unearth its treasure, but his efforts put all involved in peril. Rózsa's stirring symphonic score features a rarity for him: a title song (with lyrics by Jack Brooks) created from the gorgeous main theme, which is otherwise used in everything from love scenes to the high-adventure thrills. FSM's premiere release features the complete underscore in stereo—long sought by Rózsaphiles—with bonus tracks of source cues and instrumental alternates of the main and end titles.

Bhowani Junction, directed by George Cukor, stars Ava Gardner as a half-caste torn between three loves amidst the English withdrawal from India. The film was shot on location in Pakistan and is a tactile portrait of a country reaching its boiling point. In keeping with the naturalistic presentation, the music is as much of a "non-score" as Rózsa ever composed: almost entirely source music, written in a faux-Indian style. His exotic backings are melodic and atmospheric, but sound unlike any of his traditionally dramatic scores. The cues are presented largely in stereo, with a bonus track culled from monaural masters.

FSM's CD of Green Fire/Bhowani Junction features the two sides of '50s Rózsa "exotica," from dramatic, symphonic strains of Green Fire to the offbeat stylings of Bhowani Junction. Liner notes are by Lukas Kendall.

Miklos Rozsa Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Hungarian-born Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995) is a titan of film music. Responsible for such classic scores as Spellbound, Ben-Hur, King of Kings, El Cid and many others—from biblical epics to 1940s films noir to historical dramas—his signature style is one of the most pleasing and dramatic in film. He was under contract to M-G-M from 1948 to 1962 and FSM has released a great deal of this classic music; also available are his latter-period scores such as The Green Berets and Time After Time.IMDB

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If you consider that this is a relatively obscure score in Rozsa's œuvre, you'd think that this is a weaker effort. Well, you'd be wrong! Rozsa delivers a breathtaking exotic extravaganza which may rank up there among his very best. Really enjoyable!

You mean Green Fire, one assumes?

I like it a lot too, but I don't discount all those neat ethic source music stuff in Bhowani Junction.

Great score(s). Green Fire is a bit monothematic, but it's a great theme and a relatively short score, so it doesn't cripple the listening experience. It also plays well with lyrics, surprisingly, although it was nice that FSM offered "clean" versions of the opening end ending credit cues as well.

It was an unusual score in at least one respect: after viewing the film's rough cut, Rozsa demanded payment in emeralds.

never get tired of this score - one of ROZSA'S best.

I really enjoy listening to this score, the main theme is beautiful and the music sounds like it was recorded yesterday. a great score, great album and highly recomended.

The 'Detonator' cue is as good as anything Rozsa wrote in the 'nail-biting chase' arena. It sound even better on the OST with the ticking SFX added.

Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
Bhowani Junction
Green Fire

Leader (Conductor):
Johnny Green, Miklos Rozsa

Violin:
Sam Fiedler, Sam Freed, Jr., Werner L. Gebauer, Sidney Greene, Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Bernard Kundell, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Arthur Maebe, Sr., Lisa Minghetti, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Albert Saparoff, Byron Williams

Viola:
Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus

Cello:
Alexander Borisoff, Julian Kahn, Edgar Lustgarten, Michel Penha

Bass:
George F. Boujie, Louis Previati, Arthur Shapiro

Flute:
Arthur Gleghorn

Oboe:
Philip Memoli

Clarinet:
Gus Bivona, Mort B. Friedman, Alex Gershunoff, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi, Andrew Young

Bassoon:
Charles A. Gould

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent DeRubertis, Herman Lebow

Trumpet:
Robert H. Fleming, Raymond Linn, Harley Pitts, Uan Rasey, Joe Triscari, James C. Zito

Trombone:
Walter Benson, Nick DiMaio, Herb Taylor, Simon Zentner

Piano:
John Crown, Jacob Gimpel, Max Rabinowitsh, Milton Raskin

Guitar:
Lud Bonkowski, Jack Marshall

Harp:
Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Harmonica:
Ray Hoback

Drums:
Frank L. Carlson, Mel Pedesky, D. V. Seber

Orchestra Manager:
James C. Whelan

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