proved to be the penultimate film from director Henry King (The Song of Bernadette, Captain from Castile
). The director (who had been working in Hollywood since 1915!) would have only 1962’s Tender Is The Night
follow it. King’s pictures had a long history of featuring remarkable scores. The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Sun Also Rises, The Black Swan, Untamed
and Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing
among them, Beloved Infidel
proves to be one of the finest.
Gregory Peck and Deborah Kerr starred as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham in a bittersweet love story told amidst the waning years of Fitzgerald’s life and career in Southern California.
Franz Waxman’s score is passionate and achingly beautiful. Waxman was in his usual top form in 1959, the same year he composed his acclaimed score for The Nun’s Story. Featuring one of the composer’s finest love themes, Beloved Infidel is certainly among the most egregious omissions from the Waxman discography. This restoration, produced from original materials from the Twentieth Century Fox archives, redresses the situation and brings this ravishing score the attention and treatment it has so long deserved.
1. Prelude: Southampton, New York (3:37)
2. On Stage (1:26)
3. Blue Moon (Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart) (3:34)
4. First Rendezvous (3:27)
5. Tijuana / Jarabe Tapatio (Arr.: Traditional) (1:16)
6. The Confession (6:54)
7. Beloved Infidel (Franz Waxman and Paul Francis Webster) Vocal: Aileen Wilson (3:12)
8. Malibu (6:05)
9. Joyeux (3:04)
10. The Shot (1:19)
11. Agony (7:11)
12. Test Me (2:11)
13. The Attack (4:46)
14. Panic and Finale (4:18)
SYNOPSIS - Gregory Peck stars as the great American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald in this film based on a memoir by Sheilah Graham, who was Fitzgerald's paramour during his final days. Graham (played by Deborah Kerr) was a gossip columnist and aspiring novelist who met Fitzgerald during his latter days as a Hollywood screenwriter. Deep in debt thanks to his wife's stay in a mental hospital and his daughter's private school tuition, Fitzgerald took a job writing film scripts to pay the bills, as he attempted to complete another novel that would re-establish his position as one of the important American authors of his century. Graham became Fitzgerald's aid and inspiration as he tried to steer himself away from alcohol and focus on his work, but the author was no longer as strong or stable as he once was. While Graham and Fitzgerald were in love, they often fought, and their efforts came to naught when he died of heart failure before completing The Last Tycoon, with Graham at his side. Eddie Albert co-stars as Carter, a character based on Fitzgerald's close friend Robert Benchley. 1959