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Also Known As: Died: March 20, 1992
Born: March 12, 1925 Cause of Death: short illness
Birth Place: France Profession: Music ... composer conductor music director
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Acclaimed international composer who first gained prominence with the emergence of the French New Wave. Delerue's prolific output includes ballets, operas, chamber pieces, orchestral works, a series of vocal melodies for the poems of Paul Eluard, and music for TV and plays.

In the 1950s Delerue scored over 20 short films, including some documentaries directed by Alain Resnais. He moved into features with Pierre Kast's "Le Bel Age" (1959) and contributed memorable, evocative scores to New Wave features like Agnes Varda's "Opera-Mouffe" (1958), Resnais's "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (1959, the waltz theme on the jukebox), Truffaut's "Jules et Jim" (1961) and Godard's "Le Mepris/Contempt" (1963). Delerue's first US film was John Huston's "A Walk with Love and Death" (1969) and highlights of his prolific international career include "A Man for All Seasons" (1966), "Women in Love" (1969), "Julia" (1977) and "Platoon" (1986). His score for "A Little Romance" won the 1979 Oscar. Delerue's most frequent collaborators were Truffaut and Philippe De Broca, for whom he scored 16 films.

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