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Friday, June 16, 2017

Various - Jean-Pierre Melville - "Le Circle Noir" CD, Compilation, 2008 (Universal Music)

As far as I know, this is the only compilation of soundtrack music to Jean-Pierre Melville's cinema.  I can't think of anything more pleasurable than being in a theater in front of a Melville image/narration.    The word "perfection" comes to mind.  Not only for the mind but the physical pleasure of being glued to one's seat and watching the world of French gangsters do what they do best: drink, rob, and existential dialogue.  

"Le Cercle Noir" is a CD that came out in 2008 that pretty much covers all of Melville's film work.  We have the great theme by Jo Boyer doing "Bob Le Flambeur" as well as the haunted score for Le Samouraï."  For a CD, the packaging is great with a wonderful essay both in French and in English.  Not the easiest CD to find, but very much worth the hunt.  I think I got mine in Paris, which is odd because usually, I have a hard time locating French New Wave soundtracks in that city, even though the CD is made in France.  Japan tends to be the capital of French New Wave albums/CDs. 

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Bob Le Flambeur (1956)
1Jo BoyerThème De Bob
Composed By, Trumpet – Jo BoyerPerformer – L'Orchestre D'Eddie Barclay*
Deux Hommes Dans Manhattan (1959)
2Christian ChevallierDeux Hommes Dans Manhattan (Générique)1:51
3Christian ChevallierDéambulation Nocturne2:07
4Christian ChevallierFilature2:00
5Christian ChevallierStreet In Manhattan
Lyrics By – Jo WarfieldVocals – Glenda Leigh
Léon Morin, Prêtre (1961)
6Martial SolalLéon Morin
Composed By – Martial SolalHarmonica – Albert Raisner
Le Doulos (1962)
7Paul MisrakiLe Doulos (Générique)3:22
8Paul MisrakiJazz Rapide3:17
9Paul MisrakiFinal2:16
L'Aîné Des Ferchaux (1963)
10Georges DelerueLes Appalaches
Composed By – Georges Delerue
Le Samouraï (1967)
11François De RoubaixLe Samouraï
Orchestrated By, Directed By – Eric Demarsan
12François De RoubaixFatalité / La Blessure
Orchestrated By, Directed By – Eric Demarsan
L'Armée Des Ombres (1969)
13Eric DemarsanThème De Gerbier3:13
14Eric DemarsanLe 20 Octobre 19421:38
15Eric DemarsanMathilde / Les Barraquements3:05
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
16Eric DemarsanLe Cercle Rouge1:50
17Eric DemarsanQuand Les Hommes Ont Rendez-vous1:08
18Eric DemarsanFinal Inédit4:03
Un Flic (1972)
19Michel ColombierUn Monsieur Distingué3:20
20Michel ColombierUn Casse2:57
21Michel ColombierC'est Ainsi Que Les Choses Arrivent
Lyrics By – Charles AznavourVocals – Isabelle Aubret
Musique Inédite Pour Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
22Michel LegrandChassés-Croisés2:43
23Michel LegrandVisions2:49
24Michel LegrandEngrenages (Final)2:21