Friday, March 9, 2007

One Eyed Jacks: The Soundtrack

Hugo Friedhofer is credited over at IMDB with having his hand in almost 250 film scores between 1929 and 1974. That is an astonishing number and while many remain lost in time some, such as his work with Hitchcock, are incredibly memorable. One of his finest scores is the work he delivered for Brando's One Eyed Jacks. I got this soundtrack years ago as a teenager and it has remained a favorite. Sweeping and epic at times but chillingly spare in others. Its best moments reflect the ultimate loneliness and isolation that Brando's Rio suffers from. I love the way Brando uses the score, the film has long passages of silence so the score never overwhelms the film. Brando's intelligent enough in that his sound design gives equal importance to the wind and surrounding ocean waves as it does to this fine music.
The soundtrack is slightly ahead of it's time and yet firmly grounded in it also. Romantic and pretty haunting, the lp pops up on ebay a lot and there is a German cd release which I haven't heard.

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