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RIP Maurice Jarre

March 30, 2009

Without a doubt one of the best composers of the post-studio era has past on. He scored over 160 films, for directors that included John Frankenheimer, Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Luchino Visconti, Peter Weir, William Wyler, and Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker, among many, many others. You’ll have a hard time finding a composer whose worked on so many great-to-intriguing films or had such a flair for the epic.

But, of course, there’s just one director and one or two films he’ll always be associated with in the minds of most movie fans. Here he is, conducting the movie that established him as a major film composer, supplanting no less a a name than Richard Rodgers.

Is any piece of film music more indelible?

David Hudson at IFC has more.

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