Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Fantastic Mr. Desplat; The astonishing musical movie scores of Alexandre Desplat




I think I could listen to composer Alexander Desplat talk about his work as much as I love listening to his work. The sexy beast (yeah, my editorial comments) has brought some gorgeous sounds to the screen; next up for Desplat fans, the score to The Monuments Men directed by and starring George Clooney which comes out 2/7/2014 and then in the same whimsical spirit of The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel from Wes Anderson in April.  

Listening to the composer talk about the character's themes and collaborating with the director in that gorgeous French accent is addictive and almost as mesmerizing as his music. I imagine reclining on some stuffed sofa while he writes film scores, hammering them out on a near-by piano, perhaps humming here and there. HE is music to my ears. Sit back with a caffe au lait and maybe some pain du chocolat and listen to the compilation video created by ScoreLover99 .  

Here's the playlist:

1. The Painted Veil - The Painted Veil
02. Falling Rain - Lust, Caution
03. Death Of a Rat - Fantastic Mr. Fox
04. Oskar's Monologue - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
05. Visions - Un Prophete
06. The Very Best Plan - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
07. D├ępart Pour La Guerre - La Fille du Puisatier

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I can't help but bust out the superlatives; his music moves me, the light bell-like tones in arresting contrast to his haunting darker phrases, he makes a kind of magic that feels sacred and unknowable.  Oh my, I'm done in!  Don't miss the short edited interview.

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