The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975)
Featuring the Original Music by Composer Jerry Goldsmith
I see this is going to be yet another casualty of the remake syndrome that our film culture suffers from. Due out in 2013. Don’t get me wrong, there are certain films that can be faithfully re-imagined by the right director/screenwriter and it could add an element of tribute with a contemporary twist that feeds the palate nicely. Perhaps this will be one of them…we’ll see. For now let’s say that it… won’t have Margot Kidder, Michael Sarrazin, nor the heavenly Jennifer O’Neill. All three actors, 70s staples and fine performers, who are engrossing to watch. Sarrazin
(They Shoot Horses Don’t They 1969, Frankenstein, The True Story 1973 The Gumball Rally 1976) has always struck me as a quasi urbane/ feral cat, sophisticated yet wildly sexy and untamed.Especially with his deeply fluid eyes. And I do LOVE cats!
Yes, I had a huge crush on Michael Sarrazin….I mean look at those lips!
College professor Peter Proud starts to have flashbacks and reoccurring dreams from a previous life. He begins to become drawn to a place that he has never been before yet is so hauntingly and disturbingly familiar. Leaving his girlfriend Nora played by the sexy Cornelia Sharpe behind, he goes on personal mission to find the truth…
Driven by the cosmic forces that surround his destiny, Peter meets up with the wife Marcia Curtis (Margot Kidder) from his past incarnation. Some how Marcia recognizes in Peter very unique characteristics that are startling to that of her dead husband, Jeff.
Eerily at times, even the sound of Peter’s voice seems to be that of Jeffs. The film adds a twist of irony and a strain of incestuous actuality when Peter becomes romantically drawn to Ann Curtis played by Jennifer O’Neill , the daughter of Jeff and Marcia. Peter’s daughter from a past life…
Recognizing the implications of the nature of Peter and Ann’s relationship, the anxious and melancholy Mrs. Curtis tries to keep the two young lovers away from each other. But…what is the secret behind the death of Jeff Curtis? And what will happen to Peter in the end?
The film is a soft core 70s journey into, the psycho sexual and an indulgence into mysticism. The preoccupation of the 70s with reincarnation and past lives emerging. Peter Proud is a truly, gripping, haunting film directed seamlessly by J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone 1961, Cape Fear 1962, Eye of the Devil 1966) and written by Max Ehrlich
One of the superb elements of this fine supernatural suspense/horror film is the musical contribution by legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith.
Goldsmith’s original soundtrack adds such a powerfully indelible layer to the film that makes it for me one of the most memorable films from the 1970s.
Not only is Jerry Goldsmith ONE of my all time favorite composers, he has had a profound effect on me in terms of inspiration growing up as a young singer/songwriter.
Here, in this film his work, is perhaps one of THE MOST beautifully poignant and heart wrenching pieces of music I’ve ever heard. A transcendent solemnity and delicately exquisite introspective journey of the soul through longing, silence and eventually an eternal unknowing that lingers….
I could not find a proper theatrical trailer of The Reincarnation of Peter Proud 1975 anywhere, but I still felt it significant to highlight the film’s score as it does set the tone for Peter’s self awareness, his journey back in time, and toward re encountering his true self.
So here is a little something from the film. I hope you watch this version before you go and see the re-make slated for 2013.
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