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 Posted:   Mar 25, 2012 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Compilation albums are never comprehensive enough to satisfy the completist because of the selective nature of the album's production (which films to include/exclude, plus the selection of a single cue to represent the whole of a film).

Nevertheless, due to lack of commercial viability for releasing complete editions of monaural sound recordings from vintage non-English cinema, this 3-disc set from Universal France surveying music from Nouvelle Vague films is likely to be the most satisfactory compilation we'll witness for material such as this. Indeed, some tracks within contain selections which are not available elsewhere.

So for cinema connoisseurs, here it is:



Rather than approach this volume with track-by-track descriptions, I'll submit a summary of its contents.

50 films are gathered within these 3 CDs, plus a couple of bonus tracks along with a few vocals sung by actresses such as Anouk Aimee, Anna Karina, Jeanne Moreau & others.

40% of this volume is music by Georges Delerue and Michel Legrand (11 selections of Delerue plus 9 by Legrand). However, Maurice Jarre is represented by only 2 tracks.

There's 4 selections apiece dedicated for composers Paul Misraki, Antoine Duhamel, & Pierre Jansen.

Only 1 sampling is collected for each of the following: Fiorenzo Carpi, Jean Constantin, Sacha Distel, Giovanni Fusco, Serge Gainsbourg, Bernard Herrmann, Krzysztof Komeda, Michel Magne, Alain Romans, Francis Seyrig, Martial Solal.

One of the selections is by Miles Davis, while 4 others are samples from classical music: Bach, Diabelli, Mozart & Satie.

That's the role-call of who is present on these 3 CDs. Obviously, fans of Delerue and Legrand benefit the most from this set. I'm also very grateful for the inclusions of Duhamel and Jansen (2 composers who rarely get any recognition for their contributions to French cinema).

However, there are some inconsistencies regarding who is not represented here.

Some token films by directors Resnais, Franju, Melville, & Vadim are to be found within, but the bulk of their output is overlooked. For example, HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR & L'ANNEE DERNIERE A MARIENBAD by Resnais are sampled, but MURIEL or LA GUERRE EST FINIE are nowhere to be found.

Roger Vadim's collaborations with Michel Magne or Paul MIsraki are absent, plus the scores by Jean Prodromides are nowhere present on these CDs.

Even some directors are completely passed over, like Rivette (!), Rappeneau, Jessua, & Clement.

Why are Rivette films such as PARIS NOUS APPARTIENT or LA RELIGIEUSE ignored? Are the collaborations between Alain Jessua and Jacques Loussier below the station of the Nouvelle Vague? Universal France's love of Michel Legrand apparently doesn't extend to Legrand's music for films by Rappeneau. Rene Clement had some of his films scored by Nino Rota, Claude Bolling, & Lalo Schifrin - where are these?

Will Serge Nigg's uncompromising music for LE COMBAT DANS L'ILE ever get recognition, let alone a soundtrack release?

It's apparent that there is some serious selectivity as to what constitutes Nouvelle Vague in contrast to commercial cinema. One can understand the omission of many of Brigit Bardot's movies as being too plebian in nature, by why does the Nouvelle Vague wash over every film score ever written by Georges Garvarentz?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2012 - 5:59 AM   
 By:   Ken G   (Member)

I picked this up towards the end of last year having watched about 15-20 of the movies in the preceding months - perfect timing!

Great price. Great music. Recommended.

 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2012 - 8:19 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

I picked this up towards the end of last year having watched about 15-20 of the movies in the preceding months - perfect timing!

Great price. Great music. Recommended.


Glad you liked this set, Ken G.!

Which French film directors, of the ones you have seen, are you favorites?

Do you prefer the jazzy scores over the other types?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2012 - 4:06 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I could definitely go for a full cd of "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (the Criterion dvd has a m&fx channel).
Soundtrackcollector has the track/film title info to illuminate what's what:
http://www.soundtrackcollector.com/title/94580/Nouvelle+Vague%3A+Chansons+Et+Musiques+De+Films

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2012 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   Ken G   (Member)

Which French film directors, of the ones you have seen, are you favorites?

It's hard to say because my three favorites were by three different directors!

• Le Boucher (The Butcher) Claude Chabrol [1970]
• Bande à Part (Band of Outlaws) Jean-Luc Godard [1964]
• Ma Nuit Chez Maud (My Night With Maud) Eric Rohmer [1969]

Do you prefer the jazzy scores over the other types?

Another tough question! I'm a huge jazz fan - much more so than a film music fan - but that doesn't necessarily mean I prefer jazzy scores (in these movies or any other ones).

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2012 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

It sounds like I have a lot of this already on the Legrand Nouvelle Vague disc, various "Jazz in Paris" cinema collections, and various individual score CDs. (I'm guessing the Solal track is from "Breathless"). But if I found it for a good price, I might grab it.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2013 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I just got this set, and WOW -- I'm stunned. What a brilliant set -- surely the most definitive release on the New Wave, disregarding releases of individual composers from the period.

I'm on CD 1 now, and there's so much great stuff -- often with a jazz tinge, but with a surprising amount of melodic finesse. For all the visual experimentation and disjointed filmmaking techniques, the music is perhaps the most coherent element. Unless the directors messed with the cues themselves, like Godard did with Duhamel's scherzo for the car-jacking scene in PIERROT LE FOU. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2013 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In looking at the comments made by ToneRow in the first post, I'm wondering if the ommission of certain scores is due less to some bias against/for certain directors and composers and more because of what was available to Universal France for licensing.

 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2013 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Can't think of a single French NEW WAVE score that impressed me.
go figger
brm

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2013 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Can't think of a single French NEW WAVE score that impressed me.
go figger
brm


are you one of those "freedom fries" guys? wink

 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2013 - 2:00 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Can't think of a single French NEW WAVE score that impressed me.
go figger
brm


are you one of those "freedom fries" guys? wink


Not me, pal!

 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2013 - 2:09 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Can't think of a single French NEW WAVE score that impressed me.
go figger
brm


are you one of those "freedom fries" guys? wink


Not me, pal!


Bien joué Monsieur Brousse!

 
 Posted:   Oct 27, 2013 - 2:40 AM   
 By:   fireatheart   (Member)

How about THE 400 BLOWS (Jean Constantin), BREATHLESS (Martial Solal), and most of the scores Delerue composed for that them ?

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2013 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

How about THE 400 BLOWS (Jean Constantin), BREATHLESS (Martial Solal), and most of the scores Delerue composed for that them ?

Like i said, i love the films but i dont remember the music as being special.
I don;t think, as a rule, these directors put alot of thought into their scores.
Many seemed to just slap some jazz or Baroque music on as an afterthought.
COurse, i could be totally off-base on this

 
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