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Matthew Sweet is joined by Guy Austin, the founding director of the Research Centre in Film and Digital Media in Newcastle, to explore the history of music for French cinema.

In a live edition from the Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead, Matthew Sweet is joined by Guy Austin, Founding Director of the Research Centre in Film and Digital Media at Newcastle University, for a jaunt through the history of music for French cinema.

France was one of the first nations to recognise the possibilities of cinema and through the pioneering work of figures such as Auguste and Louis Lumière and Georges Méliès, it quickly established the foundations for a new form of art and entertainment.

Matthew and Guy begin at the beginning, on a whistle-stop tour of the story of French Film, to the present, taking in scores for films such as L'Atalante; Les Enfants du Paradis; French Cancan; The Red Balloon; Rififi; Les Quatre cents coups; À bout de souffle; Hiroshima mon amour; Betty Blue; Jean de Florette; The City of Lost Children and Intouchables.

The Classic Score of the Week is Michel Legrand's music for Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.

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Sat 18 Mar 2017 15:00

Music Played

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    L'Assassinat du duc de Guise (1908) - Cinquieme tableau

    Ensemble: Ensemble Musique Oblique.
    • harmonia mundi.
  • Maurice Jaubert

    L'Atalante (1934) - Theme

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Serge Baudo.
    • Milan.
  • Joseph Kosma

    Les Enfants du Paradis (1944) - Generique

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Milan.
  • Georges van Parys

    French Cancan (1954) - French Cancan

    Orchestra: George van Parys et son orchestre.
    • Universal.
  • Maurice Le Roux

    Le Ballon Rouge (1956) - Suite

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Serge Baudo.
    • Milan.
  • Georges Auric

    Du Rafifi Chez Des Hommes (1955) - Main Title

    Orchestra: Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Adriano.
    • Marco Polo.
  • Giovanni Fusco

    Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) - Theme

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Emarcy.
  • Jean Constantin

    Les quatre cent coups (1959) - École buissonnière

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Singer: Juliette Gréco.
    • BMG.
  • Jean Constantin

    Les quatre cent coups (1959) - Comment voulez-vous?

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Singer: Juliette Gréco.
    • BMG.
  • Martial Solal

    À bout de souffle (1960) - L'amour la mort

    Performer: Martial Solal. Performer: Pierre Gossez. Performer: Roger Guérin. Performer: Michel Hausser. Performer: Daniel Humair. Singer: Paul Rovère.
    • Emarcy.
  • Michel Legrand

    Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1960) - Scene de garage/Devant le garage

    Singer: José Bartel. Singer: Danielle Licari. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Michel Legrand.
    • Sony.
  • Gabriel Yared

    37.2 Le Matin (1980) (Betty Blue) - Maudits Manéges

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Gabriel Yared.
    • Virgin.
  • Jean-Claude Petit

    Jean De Florette (1986) - Generique et fin

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Jean-Claude Petit.
    • Music Club.
  • Angelo Badalamenti

    City of Lost Children (1995) - City of Lost Children

    Orchestra: Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Dirk Brossé.
  • Ludovico Einaudi

    Intouchables (2011) - Fly

    Performer: Ludovico Einaudi.
    • Audiophile Legends.

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