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Georges Delerue

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Georges Delerue (March 12, 1925 Roubaix - 20 March 1992 Los Angeles) was a renowned French film composer who composed over 500 scores for cinema and television. He won numerous important awards including Rome Prize (1949), Emmy Award (1968 - Our World), Genie Award (1986 - Sword Of Gideon), ACE Award (1991 - The Josephine Baker Story) and Academy Award in 1979 for A Little Romance and 4 other Academy Nominations (1969 - Anne Of 1000 Days; 1973 - The Day Of The Dolphin; 1977 - Julia, and; 1985 - Agnes Of God).

Le Figaro Magazine (France, 1981) addressed him as “Mozart of Cinema” (Georges Delerue le Mozart des salles obscures), and he marks France history that Delerue’s the first and perhaps the only composer won 3 Cesar Awards consecutively (1979 - Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, 1980 - Love On The Run and 1981 - The Last Metro) plus 5 other Cesar Nominations (1977 - Le Grand Escogriffe and Police Python 357, 1983 - La Passante, 1984 - L’ete Meurtrier and 1993 - Dien Bien Phu). Georges Delerue was a Commander of Arts and Letters, one of France’s highest honours.

His career was diverse and he composed frequently for major avant-garde directors, most often François Truffaut, but also for Jean-Luc Godard’s film Contempt, and for Alain Resnais, Louis Malle, and Bernardo Bertolucci, besides working on several Hollywood productions.

He composed the music for Flemming Flindt’s ballet, Enetime (The Lesson), based on Ionesco’s play, La Leçon. During his 42 years career he put his talent to the service of nearly 200 feature movies, 125 short ones, 70 TV films and 35 TV serials.

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