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« on: January 26, 2019, 10:03:49 AM »

I just saw on tv news that musician Michel Legrand passed away. I am posting here because they mentioned Clint. Have Mr. Legrand composed scores for Clint movies? Which ones? :(
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2019, 12:10:30 PM »

I just saw on tv news that musician Michel Legrand passed away. I am posting here because they mentioned Clint. Have Mr. Legrand composed scores for Clint movies? Which ones? :(

Aline, I had not heard of him, and didn't recall him working with Clint, but according to the IMBD, he was the composer for "Breezy." The IMDB is not always accurate, but that's an odd thing to get wrong, so I'm inclined to believe it.

KC, do you know how he came to be the composer for "Breezy?" It doesn't look like he scored any other Eastwood films.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069822/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2019, 12:48:07 PM »

Weird, I was with the tv turned on when the reportage was been aired but I'm sure the reporter mentioned Clint. So it was Breezy. Legrand was French and collaborated with the likes of Orson Welles, Jean Cocteau, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf.
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2019, 01:34:30 PM »

Aline, I had not heard of him, and didn't recall him working with Clint, but according to the IMBD, he was the composer for "Breezy." The IMDB is not always accurate, but that's an odd thing to get wrong, so I'm inclined to believe it.

KC, do you know how he came to be the composer for "Breezy?" It doesn't look like he scored any other Eastwood films.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069822/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast

No, but on the other hand I am quite sure that he did score Breezy ... I recall thinking it was odd years ago, when I was compiling the filmography for the Clint interview book. A further check in Schickel's and McGilligan's biographies suggest that he may only have been responsible for a background song during a romantic interlude.

Here is a link to the Variety obit:

https://variety.com/2019/film/news/michel-legrand-dies-dead-oscar-winning-composer-1203119247/

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His most recent film score was “The Other Side of the Wind,” composed for Orson Welles’ last film, which was finally completed and released in 2018. Decades ago, after their 1974 collaboration on “F for Fake,” the legendary director had asked for another Legrand jazz score. “I take it as a gift from Orson, through the clouds,” he said early last year.

R.I.P., Michel Legrand.
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2019, 04:04:56 PM »

The great composer Michel Legrand has passed away last night. He 's known for fantastic musicals with french cineast Jacques Demy, but not only. He has composed the music of "Breezy" in 1973.

https://culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/musique/michel-legrand-en-dix-bandes-originales-de-films-cultes-284794

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kcy5s-s3G4g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMbsrs_ebVU
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2019, 04:14:24 PM »

The first four posts in this thread were originally in the Celebrity Obituaries topic in the Off Topic forum. Since honkytonkman has posted a link to Legrand's full score for Breezy (confirming that Legrand did indeed score the entire film, and didn't just contribute one song), I thought the news of his passing belongs here in the Eastwood News forum.



Again ... R.I.P.
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2019, 04:45:25 PM »

Honkytonk, thanks for the link to the full score. I think I like the main theme for the score better than I liked the film itself! Michel Legrand was a talented composer.
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2019, 02:59:00 AM »

Honkytonk, thanks for the link to the full score. I think I like the main theme for the score better than I liked the film itself! Michel Legrand was a talented composer.

"Breezy" is for me an underrated film. This is the first time that Eastwood tells us about personal things (like unconventional -loving, family-friendly, friendly- links , and it will also be the subject of "Bronco Billy", "Honkytonk man", "A Perfect World", "Bridges of Madison County", "Million Dollar Baby" or even the "Witch Way" dyptic) ... and his style of filmmaker asserts itself more here than in his two previous films. For me, Eastwood has achieved two great love movies: this one and "Bridges".
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2019, 01:16:13 PM »

This is thought-provoking feedback, honkytonk. What do you mean that Eastwood's style of filmmaker asserts itself more in "Breezy" than in his previous films? To me, it seems like "High Plains Drifter," for example, is a more impressive effort in every way and that his style/talents are more prominently displayed in that film than in "Breezy," so I'd love to learn more from you on that.

I agree with you that this is part of a series of films that are on family, or the challenges inherent in pursuing romantic/familial relationships. It's a sweet, little film, but I'm glad that Eastwood decided not to portray the older main character, as he was far too young for the role at the time, and I don't think he was a great fit for the character.   
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2019, 05:05:48 PM »

This is thought-provoking feedback, honkytonk. What do you mean that Eastwood's style of filmmaker asserts itself more in "Breezy" than in his previous films? To me, it seems like "High Plains Drifter," for example, is a more impressive effort in every way and that his style/talents are more prominently displayed in that film than in "Breezy," so I'd love to learn more from you on that.

I agree with you that this is part of a series of films that are on family, or the challenges inherent in pursuing romantic/familial relationships. It's a sweet, little film, but I'm glad that Eastwood decided not to portray the older main character, as he was far too young for the role at the time, and I don't think he was a great fit for the character.

Well, I'm not a cineast . That's just a personnal feeling . I feel some clumsiness in the way of filming in his first two films (especially "Play Misty for Me") while each plan of "Breezy" seems to me mastered. In "High Plain Drifter", we can find outside shots where the camera shakes, or seems to "look for" its subject (for instance the close-up at 5'40 and 5'46 in the beginning, see here :https://vimeo.com/257442000)  , without apparent expressive reason. But I admit that it never spoiled for me the pleasure of seeing and seeing this first western of Clint. Even unperfect, it's a fantastic western , and one of his bests. I love the way he mixes scary movie and western (and the music is really scary).

Eastwood would probably get some problems with feminists and Metoo if he produced "High Plain Drifter" today, because of the rape scene. This scene makes his character the most unfriendly of his filmography. But it's part of the pleasure we get :-)

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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2019, 10:36:24 PM »

In "High Plain Drifter", we can find outside shots where the camera shakes, or seems to "look for" its subject (for instance the close-up at 5'40 and 5'46 in the beginning, see here https://vimeo.com/257442000)  , without apparent expressive reason.

I'm not sure I follow you there. He is riding along on horseback, it's natural that a closeup would reflect that movement. It makes the sudden relative stillness of the image as he responds to the crack of the whip stand out all the more sharply.

EDIT: Honkytonkman, I'd be curious to hear your further thoughts on Honkytonk Man. Maybe you would like to post in this thread in the Westerns forum?

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=10634.0

We had a long discussion about the rape scene, too. Most of it goes all the way back to 2001, but the thread was revived a couple of years ago:

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=150.0

Years later, Clint said in an interview that he might not have included the scene if he had the film to do over again.
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2019, 10:44:12 PM »

To return to the topic, the New York Times published Legrand's obituary in today's paper:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/26/obituaries/michel-legrand-dead.html


Mr. Legrand at the Birdland Jazz Club in New York in 2009. He continued to perform into his ninth decade, with gigs in London and Tokyo last year and a further tour scheduled for 2019. Credit: Joe Kohen for The New York Times

They also published this lovely tribute to him by Melissa Errico:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/theater/michel-legrand-composer-appraisal.html
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