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Frantic (1988)
Music by Ennio Morricone
Frantic Frantic
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Price: $19.95
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: December 2011
Catalog #: Vol. 14, No. 17
# of Discs: 1

Harrison Ford starred in Roman Polanki’s suspense-thriller Frantic as an American doctor forced to search Paris for his wife (Betty Buckley), who vanishes shortly after their arrival at a conference. Jet-lagged and unable to speak French, he encounters skepticism from the local bureaucracy but eventually picks up her trail—plunging into a seedy nightlife of drugs, murder and international espionage, his only ally a stubborn party-girl (Emmanuelle Seigner).

Ennio Morricone provided the moody yet melodic score, his first and only collaboration with Polanski. The main theme, a melancholy piece of Continental romance, suggests the locale as well as the doctor’s deep affection for his wife. Overall, the score functions as a lament—both for the protagonist’s anguish and for the dead-end life of the girl who assists him.

Elektra Records issued a Frantic soundtrack album on LP and CD in 1988, now long out of print. Much of the music contained on the album does not appear in the picture at all, with other selections significantly altered. Yet the album remains a compelling portrait of Morricone’s work on the film, the longer selections providing a more complete presentation of the themes than the score as heard in the picture.

FSM’s release of Ennio Morricone’s Frantic score opens with a newly remastered presentation of the contents of the Elektra album, followed by the premiere release of Morricone’s complete score as it appears in the film (except for the film version of one cue and an alternate take of another), mastered from three- and four-track 35mm dubbing units (the only available sources) edited to reflect Polanski’s use of the score in the finished film. The accompanying 16-page booklet, designed by FSM art director Joe Sikoryak, features authoritative liner notes by Lukas Kendall.


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About the Composer

Italian composer Ennio Morricone (b. 1928) is one of the most legendary and prolific composers in the history of cinema, from his "spaghetti" westerns to heralded dramatic scores (The Mission, Once Upon a Time in America—and over 400 others). From his pop inventions of the 1960s and '70s to his timeless, elegiac and poetic symphonic works, he is a towering figure not only in movie music, but pop culture and contemporary music—and highly influential in several fields. IMDB

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That main title is one of Ennio's best ever. I don't recall the rest as it has been years since I've seen the film. Gotta luv the Morricone luv coming from the labels of late, though.



now i have three scores from Polanski films - and none of them be CHINA - TOWN

Nice one - I love Frantic!

I always found the original CD a bit odd, and the score is a bit nutty in context, but it gets a lot of plays. Will be getting this!

The Simply Red track is marvellous. And essential.

This was absolutely necessary to see a remastered edition of this great score - one of Morricone's best from the period. And I'm so glad to see the I'm Gonna Lose You track by Simply Red included; the album presentation in general, too, I guess. Man, why must you leave this remarkable label you and your team have built, Lukas? Of all the things still left unattended, I wish you could have made it through the changing times to continue to show us how it should be done. Perhaps your hand was forced, I don't know. It's just a real shame. :(

Fantastic release, Lukas!!!!
great, great, great!
I love simply Red!

In one word: outstanding!

I never thought any label would release this one complete and therefore buried all hopes to be able to listen to the "Airport" chase cue one day. Been wanting this track since I saw the movie as a child. This is so awesome!!!

Lukas, you are the man!

Jaw dropped and hit the floor..... THUD!
Another vintage goodie replaced, thanx Lukas. ;)

Amazing!!! I never even imagined we'd get to hear the film tracks from one of my top 10 favorite films ever. Already ordered:)

Thank you FSM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Excellent release!. :)

I have the original CD and am reducing double dipping but this one will be ordered with Exorcist 2.

Nice work Lukas. The FSM label will be missed. :(

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