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MY GEISHA

価格(税込): ¥2,838

レーベル: KRITZERLAND
品番: KR-2002-48
発売日:
フォーマット: 1CD

「息子と恋人」のジャック・カーディフ監督、シャーリー・マクレーン、イヴ・モンタン出演の日本を舞台にしたコメディ。マスターテープから素晴らしいステレオ音質で収録したサウンドトラック完全盤が初CDリリース!サントラLP盤に収録されていない楽曲も収録。音楽は「サンセット大通り」、「陽のあたる場所」のフランツ・ワックスマン。限定1000枚。

ハリウッドの映画監督ビル・ファーレイ(イヴ・モンタン)は、彼の成功はすべて大女優である妻のルシー(シャーリー・マクレーン)のおかげであるという噂を嫌い、彼女の主演しない映画を日本で撮ろうと主演スターのデヴィッド(ボブ・カミングス)と共に日本へやって来た。その頃、夫の後を追ったルシーも、プロデューサーのサム・ルイス(エドワード・G・ロビンソン)と一緒に来日していた。その夜彼女は芸者姿で夫たちの前に現れたが、だれも彼女がルシーであることに気づかなかった。そればかりかビルは彼女を映画の主役にしたいと言い出したのだ。ルシーは早速芸者のカズミ(谷洋子)から手ほどきを受けて見事に芸者になってしまった。ところがラッシュを見ているうちにビルは彼女が妻であることを見抜いてしまった。怒ったビルはあくまで知らぬふりをし、ルシーに恋を迫った。夫を信じていたルシーは驚き、さらに動揺したようである。いよいよプレミア・ショウの夜、映画は大成功。舞台に上ったルシーは、映画の主演女優は永遠に彼らの前に姿を現すまいと告げた。妻の謙虚な態度にうたれてビルもすべてを告白。2人は元の睦まじい夫婦に返るのだった。1961年米。

Kritzerland is proud to present a new limited edition soundtrack and world premiere CD release of the complete score to:

MY GEISHA

Music Composed and Conducted by Franz Waxman

Released by Paramount in 1962, My Geisha was a comic delight, thanks to a stellar cast that included Shirley MacLaine, international superstar Yves Montand, Robert Cummings, and Edward G. Robinson. It featured a witty, colorful script by Norman Krasna. In the director’s seat was Jack Cardiff, who’d started off as one of the greatest color cinematographers ever. While his director credits never quite reached the heights of his cameraman credits, he helmed some wonderful films, including Sons and Lovers, The Lion, The Long Ships, Young Cassidy, The Liquidator and Dark of the Sun. He also held the distinction of directing the only film ever made in the Smell-O-Vision process, Scent of Mystery. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Edith Head’s gorgeous costumes.

But what takes My Geisha to a whole other level is the radiant score by Franz Waxman. There are many ways to approach scoring a comedy: you can accentuate the humor, you can underline the laughs, or you can try to make the music comic. Waxman’s approach was to score the story being told and to let the comedy speak for itself. Hence his music is filled to the brim with dramatic scoring and beautiful melody, including his exquisite main theme. That approach was perfect because it makes us care about the characters and the story.

Because the film is about a moviemaker making a film of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, there are also a few excerpts from the opera, conducted by Waxman himself. Interestingly, he uses no Puccini references at all in his score. Waxman seemed to have a real affinity for and love of Japan: My Geisha and his great score for Sayonara are musical proof of that. Certainly his music here is as achingly beautiful as Puccini’s, making use of occasional Japanese tonalities, colors, and instruments. It is music that’s rich and varied and music that works perfectly both within the film and as a stand-alone listening experience apart from the visuals. Waxman was one of the greatest of all film composers, and his work for Paramount was especially brilliant, with such films as Sunset Blvd., A Place in the Sun, Botany Bay, Elephant Walk, Stalag 17, Sorry, Wrong Number, Come Back, Little Sheba, andCareer, to name a few.

My Geisha is making its CD debut and we’re very pleased to present the entire score. The LP release left off several wonderful cues, but now we have the score complete, from the original three-track session tapes in glorious stereo sound. We include the few integral Madama Butterfly selections and some bonus material.

My Geisha is limited to 1000 copies only. - Kritzerland

トラックリスト

1. Main Title
2. Goodbye, Lover
3. Arrival in Tokyo
4. Pittsburgh Surprise
5. Koto Theme
6. The Plot/Lucy’s Poster
7. The True Geisha
8. Preparations
9. One Fine Day (from Madama Butterfly)
10. Love Duet (from Madama Butterfly)
11. You Are Sympathy To Me
12. The Real Yoko
13. Call Me Paul
14. Finale from Madama Butterfly
15. Lucy’s Arrival
16. Overture to Madama Butterfly
17. End Title

BONUS TRACKS
18. You Are Sympathy to Me (demo)
19. Pittsburgh Surprise (alternate)
20. Geisha House, Part 1 (Yajuro Kineya)
21. Indistinguishable Melody
22. Call Me Paul (without insert)


Madama Butterfly Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by L. Illica and G. Giacoso
Conducted by Franz Waxman