Published on July 11th, 2014 | by Quentin Chirol1
The French at Hollywood : Maurice Jarre
Historically, the American dream has always been a part of the French spirit. And in the world of cinema, it is not any different. In every time period, cinema professionals have seen Hollywood as the means to a successful career. Many have also become lost as they desperately try to break into the field, at any cost, on the other side of the Atlantic.
Maurice Jarre, musical success
This composer who was born in Lyon in 1924 knew the American dream. After several years in his native land, including having been the musical director of the Popular National Theatre from 1951 to 1963 and having written compositions for the major French filmmakers, he was offered work on a big Hollywood project. This project was « Lawrence of Arabia » by David Lean.
While the director wanted to give each style of music presented in the film to a different composer, this musician from Lyon found himself in the end, the only one on the project and created the entire soundtrack in just six weeks! As a result of this work he received the Oscar for the best film of 1963 and became known to the entire profession. Producers at Columbia then offered him a contract for two films that allowed him to stay in Los Angeles and then settle there with his wife.
Moreover, he continued his collaboration with David Lean as a result of which he received two Academy Awards for « Doctor Zhivago » in 1966 and « La Route des Indes » in 1985. He is also one of the few Frenchmen to have his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After working until 2001, he lived in Los Angeles where he died in 2009, one month after receiving the Golden Bear in Berlin for his entire career.