Monday, November 24, 2014

Dreaming of France: Dreaming of Alexandre Desplat

It's Dreaming of France Monday, where I like to play along with Paulita Kincer's Dreaming of France meme on her An Accidental Blog site. For this week's post I'm sharing a video interview with my favorite film composer Alexandre Desplat who is French and thus speaks in beautifully accented English. That French accent is my Dreaming of France connection, flimsy though it may be.

I'm hoping some of you share my fascination with the stars that work behind the scenes to make our favorite films, just that, our favorite films. If so, I think you'll enjoy this look at Desplat sharing his approach to composing for the cinema. He is incredibly prolific; as he says in the video chat, composing music is ALL he does. The list of his credits which includes The Monument Men, Grand Budapest Hotel and Zero Dark Thirty is so diverse and exhaustive I can't even begin to list them all, instead here's the link to his page. Among them, the six scores that earned him Academy Award nominations: The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King's Speech, Argo and Philomena. May the 7th time be the charm.

Monsieur Desplat is currently being talked about this year for two of his scores: The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and the upcoming Unbroken starring Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courntney and Garret Hedlund.          

What I've heard of The Imitation Game is gorgeous but then I think all of Desplat's music is exceptional; I imagine Unbroken will be of the same ilk, since both are from the World War II period and I would think will reference those big sweep scores popular in movies of the day.

If you're not familiar with his work check out this beautiful sampling of his music created by a fan. 


  1. I think this is a definite connection to France, cause he's French! Thanks for playing along. I heard a story on NPR, maybe on Saturday, but the music score for the The Homesman. Don't know if that was a book first, but the info on the score was fascinating.

  2. This was so interesting! And yes, wonderful accent!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it; I tend to go a little overboard where his music is concerned.


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