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 Posted:   May 24, 2016 - 5:54 PM   
 By:   Primo   (Member)

I was first introduced to this score by the Charles Gerhardt lp: "'Laura': the Classic Film Scores of David Raksin," . . . In the notes, Gerhardt explains . . .

A lovely album indeed, but actually conducted by Raksin himself. While obviously modeled on the Gerhardt RCA albums, it was not strictly part of the Classic Film Scores series.

While not a Gerhardt-conducted album it IS a Gerhardt-produced album, and, as such, could be rightly regarded as part of the RCA series.

 Posted:   Jun 2, 2016 - 7:45 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

In the cut version, which seems to be the only one shown anywhere now, the ending is literally chopped up, without the orchestral upturn, but accompanied instead by an inserted title that Amber had to pay for her transgressions. Such crap.

Izzat what is on the dvd? I'm getting it from the library.

I don't remember ending I saw in Raksin's class, which was his personal print.

The dvd ends with Amber seeing her son depart, then an abrupt cut in the visual and music to "The End". No inserted title, no Amber sitting to ready herself for what is next, no resolution of Raksin's music.


 Posted:   Jun 2, 2016 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Yeah, he repeated a number of musical sequences multiple times, so I think this bears out my "ran out of time" recollection. I don't recall him doing that in other films.

 Posted:   Jul 26, 2016 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Ouch! Just checked. I didn't read it in any Tony Thomas book. It was in Mark Evans' "Soundtrack: The Music of the Movies", published in 1975.

I'm going to find this in the library. Thanks for the recommendation, Graham.

It reads just as you say, Graham. And I'm thinking the "ran out of time" idea still could fit into the story. He might have just omitted it for publication, but was willing to say so to his students.

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