Monday, March 30, 2009

RIP Maurice Jarre

The composer and director David Lean combined for a perfect fusion of image and music on 1962's Lawrence of Arabia. Their second collaboration, on Doctor Zhivago (1965), won Jarre a second Oscar, and was advantage his; it's hard to recall much from that epic treacle save for Jarre's familiar score. He won a third Oscar for Lean's last, tougher picture, A Passage to India, and also scored the director's flop Ryan's Daughter (1970). Before, during and after his "Lean years," he worked in other genres, contributing shivery themes for Eyes With a Face (1959), Fatal Attraction, and Jacob's Ladder, the "Unchained Melody"-wrapped romanticism of 1990's Ghost, and an electronic melange for 1985's sci-fi adventure Enemy Mine. Witness that same year was another noteworthy score; other favorites include 1983's The Year of Living Dangerously and 1993's Fearless, all for director Peter Weir. For TV Jarre composed the music for 1977's Jesus of Nazareth, 1980's Shogun, and the theme for PBS' Great Performances.

A suite, from YouTube:

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