Sunday, August 12, 2018

David Lean’s The Bridge on the River Kwai: Soundtrack Suite (Composed and Conducted by Malcolm Arnold) and the "Colonel Bogey March"



Composer Malcolm Arnold (1958)

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

A few years ago, I tried to find the soundtrack to this masterpiece, which I rate as tied with the same director’s Lawrence of Arabia (1962) for eighth-greatest picture of all time.


All I could find was a three-minute trailer that contained a few, very good seconds of the score.

Fred Riesberg to the rescue!

Fred, now posting as “Soundtrack Fred,” is the king of Youtube soundtracks.

Thank you, Fred.


Alec Guinness, right, and that bloody plaque!

The Ten Greatest Talkies ever Made

The Big Four

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946; Wyler)
Citizen Kane (1941; Welles)
The Godfather (1972; Coppola)
The Godfather, Part II (1974; Coppola)

5. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946; Capra)
6. Shane (1953; Stevens)
7. It Happened One Night (1934; Capra)
8. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957; Lean)
8. Lawrence of Arabia (1962; Lean)
10. The Third Man (1949; Reed)


L to R: William Holden, Jack Hawkins, and Geoffrey Horne


The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957): “Colonel Bogey March”


Soundtrack Suite (Composed and Conducted by Malcolm Arnold)


Soundtrack Fred
Published on Jul 17, 2015

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1957). Composed and Conducted by Malcolm Arnold.
Please note that the rights belong to the owner. Support the publishing company by buying the product, if possible, to get the full listening experience. Enjoy!

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Music Awards: - Academy Award - Best Original Score


Sessue Hayakawa, who should have won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, as Col. Saito


-00:00 = "Overture"
-02:28 = "Shear's Escape"
-03:53 = "Nicholson's Victory"
-06:02 = "Camp Concert Dance"
-07:20 = "Sunset"
-09:01 = "Working on The Bridge"
-11:12 = "Trek To The Bridge"
-12:37 = "Finale" Music Source: Legacy/Columbia CK 66131

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1 comment:

David In TN said...

The Bridge on the River Kwai is on TCM tonight, Midnight ET. A pet peeve I have about these movie commando missions is they always have only a handful of people going up against what looks like a battalion.

They take along Joyce, who tells everybody who'll listen "I'm not sure I can kill." So Warden gets shot in the ankle because Joyce can't use the knife when necessary. Why take Joyce on a commando mission?

And Warden walks (and fights) with ankle shot by a high-powered rifle.

That said, I always watch The Bridge on the River Kwai when its on.