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.