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Wild Is The Wind (Classic Original Soundtrack Album)

Composed & Conducted:Dimitri Tiomkin
The Paramount Studio Orchestra
Cat No: FILMCD2006
Format: Audio CD (Mono)

Release Date: 22 April 2014

RRP: £5.99

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Directed by George Cukor, Wild Is the Wind is the story of Gioia (Anna Magnani) who emigrates from Italy to live at a sheep ranch in Nevada, with her new husband Gino (Anthony Quinn), who is the widower of her sister. They soon argue about her continuing use of Italian and his treatment of animals. It becomes apparent that Gino still pines for his late wife and want to change Giola to be like her. Giola falls in love with the young hired hand.

Producer Raymond Strauss purchased to rights to the 1947 Italian film Furia, which was was directed by Anna Magnani's then-husband, Goffredo Alessandrini and based upon a novel by Vittorio Nino Novarese. Wild Is The Wind screenplay was adapted by Arnold Schulman.

John Sturges was originally hired to direct Wild Is the Wind, however a week before shooting was scheduled to begin, he withdrew from the project, the official reason was due to illness. Although after he left the project to replace Fred Zinnemann on The Old Man and the Sea.

The film was generally well received by the critics, with Anna Magnani, Anthony Quinn and the title song sung by Johnny Mathis receiving Academy Award nominations. With Magnani also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama and the film was nominated for Best Hollywood produced Picture-Drama.

The soundtrack was written by the Academy Award winning composer Dimitri Tiomkin, he also co-wrote the memorable title song with lyrist Ned Washington. They previously wrote the Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin' for High Noon and would write Rawhide and Town Without Pity. The first noticeable cover was 1959 by Nina Simone on her third album Nina Simone at Town Hall. She recorded it again in 1966 for the album Wild is The Wind. Others covers include David Bowie's on his album Station To Station and George Michael on his 2014 album Symphonica.

Track Listing
1Wild Is The Wind Sung by Johnny Mathis
4Sheep Country
5Wild Is The Wind
6Wild Horses
7Let Him Go
8Bene Kisses Giola
10Lambing Time
11Love In The Corral
12Horse Chase
14Gino Slaps Bene And All My Plans
15The Airport And Finale
Bonus Track
16Wild Is The Wind - Nina Simone