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The Barbarian and the Geisha / Violent Saturday
Composer: Freidhofer

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Based on a story by Ellis St. John, 1958’s The Barbarian and the Geisha recounts the story of Townsend Harris, who arrives in Japan in the 1850s as the first American to serve as
Consul-General to Japan, and who was a key figure in opening relations between Japan and America. The film stars John Wayne, and is directed by John Huston. One of The Barbarian and the Geisha’s strongest elements is its absolutely stunning score by Hugo Friedhofer.

Violent Saturday, based on the novel by W. L. Heath, was made three years earlier and is a taut and suspenseful film about a small-town robbery. Hugo Friedhofer’s score for Violent Saturday is perfection and a textbook example of how and when to use music. All told, the score is only about twenty minutes long, but it’s the perfect amount of music for this film. It does exactly what film music is supposed to do – propels the film, underscores the scenes that need it, and stays out of the way when music would serve no purpose.

Both The Barbarian and the Geisha and Violent Saturday had previous CD releases on Intrada, both long out of print and instant sellouts. The Barbarian and the Geisha was a standalone CD and Violent Saturday played second feature to Warlock by Leigh Harline. It’s great to be able to couple the two Friedhofer scores together, and make them available to those who may have missed out on the prior releases, or who’d like to have these two scores together on one CD. This release has been newly-remastered by James Nelson.


The Barbarian and the Geisha
Foreword/Main Title
The Intruders
The Consulate
Flag Raising
Orders from Edo
An Invitation
The Strange House
The Tormentors
The Plague
Narration and Scene
The Road to Edo
The Palace
Advice and Questions
Celebration and Plot
Tamura Commands

Violent Saturday
Violent Saturday – Main Title
If I’m Lucky
Dill and Library
Harper Takes a Walk
Shelly and Steve
Linda Comes Home
Mr. Reeves
God Forgive Me
End Title

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