George Delerue - Music For The Movies (DVD)
Composer: George Delerue
Music For The Movies: George Delerue highlights the career of a quintessential Frenchman whose music shaped many of the most striking films of the French New Wave, Resnais's Hiroshima Mon Amour to Truffaut's Jules et Jim among them. Yet Delerue finished his prolific career as Hollywood's most sought-after film composer (Silkwood, Salvador, Steel Magnolias).
This program explores the intersection of French, British and Hollywood film culture through Delarue's collaborations with Truffaut, Oliver Stone (Salvador and Platoon) and Ken Russel (Women In Love), through interviews with Stone and Russell (as well as film scholars and film editors who worked with Delarue) plus clips from Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim, Women in Love, Day for Night, Salvador, A Walk with Love and Death, and The Story of Adele H.
Georges Delerue composed the musical scores for 351 feature films, television movies, television series, documentaries, and short films over 42 years, between 1950 and 1992. Recent scores most familiar to Western audiences include Platoon (1986), Twins (1988), Beaches (1988), Biloxi Blues (1988), Steel Magnolias (1989), Joe Versus the Volcano(1990).
Georges Delerue (12 March 1925 – 20 March 1992) was a French composer who composed over 350 scores for cinema and television. Delerue won numerous important film music awards, including an Academy Award for A Little Romance (1980), three César Awards (1979, 1980, 1981), two ASCAP Awards (1988, 1990), and one Gemini Award for Sword of Gideon (1987). He was also nominated for four additional Academy Awards for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), The Day of the Dolphin (1973), Julia (1977), and Agnes of God (1985), four additional César Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and one Genie Award for Black Robe (1991).
The French newspaper Le Figaro named him "the Mozart of cinema." Delerue was the first composer to win three consecutive César Awards for Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1979), Love on the Run (1980), and The Last Metro (1981). Georges Delerue was named Commander of Arts and Letters, one of France's highest honours.
In 1945, following his studies at the Roubaix conservatory, Delerue was accepted into the Conservatoire de Paris, where he studied fugue with Simone Plé-Caussade and composition with Henri Büsser. He studied Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Grieg, and was particularly inspired by Richard Strauss.
By the early 1950s Delerue was composing music for short films and writing theatrical music for the Théâtre Babylone and the Opéra Comique. His career was diverse and he composed frequently for major art house directors, most often François Truffaut (including Jules and Jim), but also for Jean-Luc Godard's film Contempt (Le Mépris), and for Alain Resnais, Louis Malle, and Bernardo Bertolucci, besides working on several Hollywood productions, including Oliver Stone's Platoon and Salvador.
According to many testimonies he would do and redo some cues to fit the new editing of a sequence without any protestation. He insisted on being allowed to orchestrate and conduct himself in order to polish every detail. Georges Delerue was extraordinarily gifted for melody and at creating surrounding overtones which encapsulated the spirit of the movies on which he collaborated, enhancing them often beyond the expectations of their directors.
Music For the Movies is an exciting documentary series chronicling the influence music has had on the making of movies. There are four programs currently available covering:
The Hollywood Sound
Each DVD explores the complex relationship between image and music in cinema, taking audiences behind the scenes to bring the story of movie music to life.
Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 59 minutes
Format: Color, Dolby, DVD, NTSC, Subtitled