Woman Obsessed

Intrada Special Collection Volume 43
Country: United States
Format: CD
Release Date: 16-May-2007

Limited edition of 1,200 copies.

Also contains music from: In Love And War

Music composed by Hugo Friedhofer
Conducted by Lionel Newman

For those wishing for more film music of Hugo Friedhofer, here are two fine examples on one CD of what a highly skilled composer can do with less than great films.

Both of these 20th Century-Fox CinemaScope dramas are not among the best known or most popular films of their era. But that doesn't seem to inhinit Friedhofer in any way with his use of lush and exciting film scoring. He makes ample use of full orchestration and offers suitable underscoring for both films.

WOMAN OBSESSED stars Susan Hayward and Stephen Boyd and features a lot of outdoor filming in the Canadian Rockies. For a cue like "Lone Woman" (track 6, 2:08), Fridhofer offers a suitably intense theme featuring forceful strings and woodwinds. Another intense cue is "The Rape" (track 17, 2:00) which opens with just low strings and brass and slowly intensifies the somber motif until it builds to a climactic point. All is resolved with emphasis on emotional motifs for "Recollection and End Titles" (track 24, 3:01).

IN LOVE AND WAR opens with an approproiate flourish of a Main Title featuring prominent brass and drums (track 23, 2:52). For me this was the more satisfying score with full blooded orchestrations by the great Edward B. Powell. The film deals with three World War II Marines (Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Bradford Dillman) and their lives and loves. There are a variety of moods expressed in this film score. One of them is explained by Julie Kirgo in her CD notes that has "the terrifying--and haunting--spookiness." That is in the cue titled "Listening Post" (track 31, 1:55).

The high point of this score is "Requiem" (track 35, 3:31), which doesn't open quietly but instead with a prominent brass motif. Then it quiets down and proceeds with trumpet and drumbeats making its emotional presence felt. The "End Titles" (track 36, 4:33), recaps the score's main theme and develops it further before the conclusion ends on notes of triumph.

The 12 page colorful CD booklet contains film stills and well written notes by Julie Kirgo. This is a fine Intrada production and recommended to fans of Friedhofer's excellent film scoring.

Roger L. Hall
Originally published @ Film Music Review – An online e-zine since 1998
Text reproduced by kind permission of the editor and publisher Roger Hall

In Love and War

Woman Obsessed

1. Main Title   1:22
2. Robbie   1:29
3. Nature Boy   2:39
4. Smoke   1:10
5. The Crow   1:19
6. Lone Woman   2:08
7. Mary Runs   1:25
8. Fred and Mary   1:44
9. Apology   2:19
10. Horse Trot   1:45
11. The Rescue   1:48
12. Another Spring   1:26
13. Fred Proposes   3:09
14. Decision   2:06
15. Forest Dawn   1:37
16. Blood   2:33
17. The Rape   2:00
18. Widening Rift   2:17
19. Mary Rises   1:07
20. Fred Comes Home   1:37
21. Rabbit and the Rainstorm   1:48
22. Frantic Search   1:37
23. Mud Bath   4:17
24. Reconciliation and End Titles   3:01

In Love And War

25. Main Title   2:52
26. Frankie   0:47
27. Sue and Alan   2:08
28. Kala   1:45
29. Farewells   1:25
30. I Trained Them   1:17
31. Listening Post   1:55
32. Good Samaritans   1:09
33. Sue's Death   1:45
34. Corsairs   1:02
35. Requiem   3:31
36. End Titles   4:33

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