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Jarre, Maurice (1924-2009)


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A triple Oscar-winner for his score for David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962), his first British work, for Doctor Zhivago (d. Lean, 1965) with its romantic 'Lara's Theme' which became a popular single, and for A Passage to India (d. Lean, 1984).

These lush scores made him one of the most sought-after film composers and he received Oscar nominations for several US films, including the thriller, Witness (d. Peter Weir, 1985), the African adventure, Gorillas in the Mist (d. Michael Apted, 1988), and the romantic fantasy Ghost (d. Jerry Zucker, 1990).

He trained at the Paris Conservatoire, and for a time in the 1950s was the musical director of the Théâtre Nationale Populaire, he wrote his first film score for the 1952 short, Hôtel des Invalides (France, d. Georges Franju). He has been in enormous demand internationally, contributing to the emotional power of Sunshine (UK/Austria/Canada/Germany/Hungary, d. István Szabó, 2000).

He was once married to actress Dany Saval. One son is Kevin Jarre, the US-based screenwriter, and another is the popular composer Jean-Michel Jarre.

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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