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 Posted:   Sep 21, 2010 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Cool to think that this 1960 "youth in trouble" film involved three of my favourite film artists - Goldsmith, John Williams (on piano) and Jack Nicholson in a supporting role.

It's actually a decent film with artistic ambitions. It's clearly inspired by the previous Tennessee Williams film adaptations in style, thematic and mood as it recounts the story of Studs Lonigan, a young man trying to find himself between societal obligations and just having fun with the gang, but caught in his own indecisive web. Christopher Knight doesn't have the most involving performance in the title role, but somehow it fits the apathetic nature of the character. It taps into film noir and impresses in terms of a serious, not-too-clichéed approach to familiar themes.

Nicholson plays Weary, Studs' sidekick and by far the most outgoing womanizer in the gang, so he plays a drunken playboy for the majority of his screen time. Quite fun to watch; I just wish there were more.

Goldsmith's score is quite good too, clearly inspired - as is the film - by North's score for STREETCAR. Jazzy and playful, yet sultry and modern. It's sort of between a playful nature (connoting Studs' immaturity) and a more bleak tone. Like Studs, it's caught in a stasis between two worlds. There are some fine solo parts for harmonica and saxophone as well as a love theme of sorts for his ideal love (which is later transcribed onto his REAL love). It's clever, intellectual scoring that adds an extra sense of gravitas to the film.

I've long wanted to get the Varese soundtrack, but never got around to it.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2010 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   JMC   (Member)

The track 'A Game of Pool' alone is worth every penny!

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2010 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

I used to own this CD, but I sold it a long time ago. I do agree that it's worth buying simply to hear A Game of Pool, though.

The rest of the score didn't really do much for me - and I really, really dislike the sound of the harmonica in general.

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2010 - 6:14 PM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

It's a great score with connections to Goldsmith's Twilight Zone score "The Big Tall Wish" (which I'm awfully, awfully sorry to say features a harmonica as well) and Chinatown.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2010 - 9:06 PM   
 By:   JMC   (Member)

It's a great score with connections to Goldsmith's Twilight Zone score "The Big Tall Wish" (which I'm awfully, awfully sorry to say features a harmonica as well) and Chinatown.

The theme to Justine sounds like a sister theme to Studs, minus harmonica of course.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2010 - 12:16 AM   
 By:   peterproud   (Member)

Looks like this one has disappeared ...perhaps FOR ALL TIME wink....darn.

I know, I know, I've had a few years to pick it up...just kinda slipped through the cracks.

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2010 - 12:32 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Looks like this one has disappeared ...perhaps FOR ALL TIME wink....darn.

I know, I know, I've had a few years to pick it up...just kinda slipped through the cracks.


big grin

Honest Native American, guys, I've seen this on eBay for around the VS price. It's not super rare yet.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2010 - 1:54 AM   
 By:   peterproud   (Member)

Looks like this one has disappeared ...perhaps FOR ALL TIME wink....darn.

I know, I know, I've had a few years to pick it up...just kinda slipped through the cracks.


big grin

Honest Native American, guys, I've seen this on eBay for around the VS price. It's not super rare yet.



1 very gently used Slovakian copy starting at a penny short of $40 listed on eBay...ending tomorrow.

http://cgi.ebay.com/STUDS-LONIGAN-Goldsmith-Varese-CD-club-OST-rare-mint-/160481594988?pt=Music_CDs&hash=item255d72ce6c

...getting close to "super rare" frown

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2010 - 2:27 AM   
 By:   Jerome Piroue   (Member)

STUDS LONNIGAN is simply put one of the great early Goldsmith scores. I love it, harmonica and all.
I tried to reorder it fort my shop recently and was told that the license to sell it had expired and Varese had ti pull it from their catalogue.
Apparently, it was far from a good seller for them. They had hundreds of copies still left over.

It's a shame Varese didn't advertize about this (and other) end of license thing. I'm sure many fans (and retailers) would have gladly help to deplete their remaining stock.

Same goes for CAST A GIANT SHADOW.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2010 - 2:32 AM   
 By:   Zeno Cosini2   (Member)

STUDS LONNIGAN is simply put one of the great early Goldsmith scores. I love it, harmonica and all.
I tried to reorder it fort my shop recently and was told that the license to sell it had expired and Varese had ti pull it from their catalogue.
Apparently, it was far from a good seller for them. They had hundreds of copies still left over.

It's a shame Varese didn't advertize about this (and other) end of license thing. I'm sure many fans (and retailers) would have gladly help to deplete their remaining stock.

Same goes for CAST A GIANT SHADOW.



PUH, really hard to believe...

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2010 - 3:05 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

STUDS LONNIGAN is simply put one of the great early Goldsmith scores. I love it, harmonica and all.
I tried to reorder it fort my shop recently and was told that the license to sell it had expired and Varese had ti pull it from their catalogue.
Apparently, it was far from a good seller for them. They had hundreds of copies still left over.

It's a shame Varese didn't advertize about this (and other) end of license thing. I'm sure many fans (and retailers) would have gladly help to deplete their remaining stock.

Same goes for CAST A GIANT SHADOW.



PUH, really hard to believe...


Puh, I like the sound of that, Let me use it in the future.

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 10:26 PM   
 By:   Guy   (Member)

Has anyone heard anything about the Quartet re release ?

Edit - Doh.. just seen the other thread....

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2011 - 12:32 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

...

Same goes for CAST A GIANT SHADOW.

PUH, really hard to believe...

Puh, I like the sound of that, Let me use it in the future.


great Steve! it is a quotation from Christus Apollo, isn't it?

 
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