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 Posted:   Jul 14, 2021 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

“The Juggler” is a 1953 drama film starring Kirk Douglas as Hans Müller as a survivor of the German Nationalsocialist Dictatorship and its extermination program.

The screenplay was adapted by Michael Blankfort from his novel of the same name. It also stars Milly Vitale as Ya'el and Paul Stewart as Detective Karni. Edward Dmytryk was the director, by the way.

Stanley Kramer produced the film, and his regular collaborator, George Antheil, was commissioned to write the score. Arthur Morton orchestrated the music, and Morris Stoloff, head of Columbia Pictures’ music department conducted the studios’ orchestra. The music has not been released on record.


These videos contain 16 selections with Antheil's music.
There's only minor dialogue & some sound effects.
The film contains far more music than approx. 15 min. presented here:


Suite I



0:00 Main Titles
1:10 The Refugees Arrive



Suite II



0:00 Sequence 2a
0:27 Sequence 2b
0:54 Sequence 3a
2:25 Sequence 3b (Police – On The Run, Part I)
3:59 Sequence 3c (Murderer – On The Run, Part II)
5:18 Sequence 4



Suite III



0:00 Sequence 5a
0:36 Sequence 5b
0:50 Sequence 6
1:33 Sequence 7a
1:56 Sequence 7b
2:28 Sequence 7c
2:53 Sequence 7d
3:25 Sequence 8
4:31 Finale & End Titles



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See also these George Antheil topics:

BALLET MECANIQUE (1924) - Score & Concert Music
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144905

George Antheil, Cecil B. De Mille & Boris Morros – UNION PACIFIC (1939 – The rejected score)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144656

ANGELS OVER BROADWAY (aka BEFORE I DIE) (1940)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144770

SPECTER OF THE ROSE (1946)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144602

THAT BRENNAN GIRL aka TOUGH GIRL (1946/1951) - also presenting some clips from other Antheil scores
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144512

WE WERE STRANGERS (1949)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144944

HOUSE BY THE RIVER (1950)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144679

THE SNIPER (1952)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=145107

JESSIE JAMES' WOMEN (1954) - Film Song “CARELESS LOVER” performed by Lita Baron
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144708

HUNTERS OF THE DEEP (1954)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=145484

NOT AS A STRANGER (1955)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144803

THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION (1957) – 2009 discussion concerning a possible rerecording
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=59888

THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (1957-1966) – 20TH CENTURY WITH MIKE WALLACE (1994-2005)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=145267

Jerome Moross on George Antheil (1979 Interview) – ONCE IN A BLUE MOON (1935)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=145177

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2021 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

See also some Antheil soundtracks that are, you know, actually available on CD, namely The Pride and the Passion and Dementia.

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2021 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

Antheil had only one soundrack album released in his lifetime.

And as far as I know only one symphonic piece was later rerecorded. It's from The Specter Of The Rose - Ballet Waltz (by Charles Gerhardt with the London Cinema Symphony Orchestra).

I started a thread about Pride and the Passion many years ago, by the way:

https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=59888


For those interested, this thread however is focused on The Juggler's music.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2021 - 12:46 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

"See also some Antheil soundtracks that are, you know, actually available on CD, namely The Pride and the Passion and Dementia."

***

Hi, Bruce, Happily I've long had TPATP, but don't recall seeing any announcement about Dementia. Found it of course at Kritzerland and ordered it just now. I've seen conflicting info about release dates, though. Is it due out in August?

Thnx,

P.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2021 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

Hi, Bruce, Happily I've long had TPATP, but don't recall seeing any announcement about Dementia. Found it of course at Kritzerland and ordered it just now. I've seen conflicting info about release dates, though. Is it due out in August?


Where have you been during the last two years, Preston? smile
Just have a look here:
https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=136050&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2021 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Although I don't have dementia, I do have DEMENTIA, and frankly I had the nagging feeling that I vaguely remembered buying it back in the day, but when I saw that Amazon listed it thusly...

Manufacturer: Kritzerland
Date First Available: June 7, 2021
Label: Kritzerland
ASIN: B096R4M5D7

... I wondered if I was mistaken. Hence the confusion of which I wrote. Thanks for providing the necessary clarity, Stefan!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2021 - 7:07 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

And now that that's settled --

Thank you, Sehnsuchtshafen, for this thread! THE JUGGLER happens to be one of my very favorite scores. From what I gather, there's little or no hope that the original tracks survive, so until I make my second million and can afford to sponsor a re-recording, it'll have to remain one of my mad dreams.

 
 Posted:   Oct 27, 2021 - 4:23 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

I've recently revisited this film and score and have redone the three suites fixing some volume issues and crossfades.
The re-uploaded suites are now richly illustrated and chapters are added so you can directly access the individual selections (see the embedded videos in my previous post).

A few additional comments on the film and score:

Initially, Stanley Kramer wanted author Michael Blankfort to direct the film but Blankfort was refused a passport for travel to Israel by the United States State Department because the author had been a Communist many years earlier. Kramer reassigned the film to Edward Dmytryk who served almost a year in prison in 1948 after being convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to divulge his political affiliations. After his release from prison, the director moved to England but returned to the U.S.A. and gave testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and, as a result, was removed from the film industry "blacklist". – Blankfort co-produced “The Juggler”. He would never direct a feature film.

Kirk Douglas's agent had advised him to film outside of the States for two years, so he could avoid paying taxes. “The Juggler” marked the first Hollywood feature film shot in the relatively new state of Israel. But due to inadequate filming facilities in Israel, producer Stanley Kramer had to shoot the interiors in Hollywood. Even though he had intended to shoot the entire picture in Israel.

The film is interesting to watch today because of the locations it was filmed in the early 1950s. It's a "message film" by Kramer, of course, and discussing it here will most likely cause problems because of the political subject.

I've always enjoyed watching Paul Stewart in a film. He has a great part in The Juggler. On the other hand, Kirk Douglas with the Juggler's clown face didn't really work for me. And the story line with the love interest was just not convincing in my view if you consider how deeply traumatized the Hans Müller character really is.

George Antheil's score is memorable and in my view one of his best efforts in the field of film music.
When I listen to his music, I have the strong feeling that Antheil on some occasions emulated the film noir style of Miklós Rózsa. As examples, just listen to the chase music (Suite II, Selection 3b and c).

And then you get the highly romantic music of Sequence 4 (Suite II again): If you didn't know who wrote it what would be your guess the composer was? -- Anyway the score is wonderful, and most of it is contained in the three suites.

There is a lengthy dance scene in the Kibbutz with singing. I don't think this is Antheil's material so it is not included in my selections.

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2022 - 9:25 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

For those who care, I've just uploaded the suite in one piece on Soundcloud.

https://soundcloud.com/user-815459524/george-antheil-the-juggler-1953-suite-music-from-the-original-motion-picture-soundtrack


It will remain there for a limited time as usual. If you'd like to download it, do it now. The music is the same as featured in the three segments that have been available on YouTube for some time now.

 
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