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Monday, March 30, 2009

R.I.P. Maurice Jarre

On Sunday March 29th composer Maurice Jarre died of Cancer. His name may not be familer, but his work defiantly is. He is a three time Academy Award winner and was nominated for another six. Jarre worked closely with David Lean and Peter Weir and it resulted in his best work. He won his first Oscar for David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia and I personally think it is his masterpiece. Lawrence Of Arabia is probably my favorite film of all time, and Jarre's score is a big reason for my affection. I think the music is a character in itself and arguably one of the best film scores in movie history.
Maurice Jarre has composed over a 150 film scores. Here are some highlights.
Lawrence Of Arabia
Doctor Zhivago
The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean
Ryan's Daughter
The Man Who Would Be King
The Year Of Living Dangerously
Top Secret!
A Passage To India
Enemy Mine (That's Right!)
The Mosquito Coast
Fatal Attraction
Dead Poets Society

1 comment:

  1. I love that you included Top Secret! An absolute favorite.