Georges Delerue


Composer

About

Birth Place
France
Born
March 12, 1925
Died
March 20, 1992
Cause of Death
Short Illness

Biography

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 in...

Family & Companions

Micheline Gautron
Wife
Married in 1959.
Colette Delerue
Wife
Second wife.

Notes

Won the Grand Prix de Rome and First Prize for Musical Composition in 1949.

Named Commander of Arts and Letters.

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Music (Feature Film)

Frances Ha (2012)
Song
Frances Ha (2012)
Song Performer
The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Song
The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Song Performer
I'm Gonna Explode (2008)
Music
Reprise (2007)
Song Performer
Amelie (2001)
Song ("Brouillard (Theme From 'Jules & Jim')")
One Hundred and One Nights (1995)
Music
Cinema, de notre temps: Abbas Kiarotsami (1994)
Music
American Friends (1993)
Music
Dien Bien Phu (1992)
Music
Celine (1992)
Music
Man Trouble (1992)
Music
Rich in Love (1992)
Music
Black Robe (1991)
Music
The Josephine Baker Story (1991)
Music
Curly Sue (1991)
Original Music
Without Warning: The James Brady Story (1991)
Music
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Music
Seven Minutes (1990)
Music
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Song
Cadence (1990)
Music
La Revolution Francaise (1990)
Music
A Show Of Force (1990)
Music
Mister Johnson (1990)
Music
Strapless (1989)
Music ("La Nuit Americaine")
Steel Magnolias (1989)
Music
Hard to Be a God (1989)
Music
Her Alibi (1989)
Music
Der Aten (1989)
Music
Heartbreak Hotel (1988)
Music
The House On Carroll Street (1988)
Music
Twins (1988)
Music
Chouans! (1988)
Music
Beaches (1988)
Music
Paris By Night (1988)
Music
To Kill a Priest (1988)
Music
A Summer Story (1988)
Music
Biloxi Blues (1988)
Music
Memories of Me (1988)
Music
Code Name: Dancer (1987)
Music
Escape From Sobibor (1987)
Music
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)
Music
Summer Heat (1987)
Music ("The Heart Must Have A Home")
Family Business (1987)
Music
A Man in Love (1987)
Music
The Pick-Up Artist (1987)
Music
Maid to Order (1987)
Music
Platoon (1986)
Music Arranger
Femmes de personne (1986)
Music
Salvador (1986)
Music
Mesmerized (1986)
Music
Platoon (1986)
Music
Sin Of Innocence (1986)
Music
Descente aux enfers (1986)
Music
Platoon (1986)
Music Conductor
Crimes Of The Heart (1986)
Music
Women of Valor (1986)
Music
Sword of Gideon (1986)
Music
The Execution (1985)
Music
Agnes Of God (1985)
Music
Amos (1985)
Music
Arch Of Triumph (1985)
Music
Maxie (1985)
Music
A Time to Live (1985)
Music
Stone Pillow (1985)
Music
Aurora (1984)
Music
Love Thy Neighbor (1984)
Music
Partir Revenir (1984)
Music
Silence of the Heart (1984)
Music
Silkwood (1983)
Music Conductor
Silkwood (1983)
Music Composer
Vultures (1983)
Music
Liberty Belle (1983)
Music
One Deadly Summer (1983)
Song ("Trois Petites Notes De Musique")
The African (1983)
Music
The Black Stallion Returns (1983)
Music
Man, Woman and Child (1983)
Music
Man, Woman and Child (1983)
Song
One Deadly Summer (1983)
Music
La Passante (1983)
Music
Le Bon Plaisir (1983)
Music
Exposed (1983)
Music
Confidentially Yours (1983)
Music
Partners (1982)
Music
Simone de Beauvoir (1982)
Music
Guy De Maupassant (1982)
Music
The Escape Artist (1982)
Music
La Vie Continue (1982)
Music
Broken English (1981)
Music
Josepha (1981)
Music
A Little Sex (1981)
Music
True Confessions (1981)
Music
All Night Long (1981)
Music Conductor
Richard's Things (1981)
Music
Rich and Famous (1981)
Music
Garde a Vue (1981)
Music
The Woman Next Door (1981)
Music
Willie & Phil (1980)
Music
The Last Metro (1980)
Music
Carne: l'Homme a la Camera (1980)
Music
Love on the Run (1979)
Music
Mijn Vriend (1979)
Music
A Little Romance (1979)
Music
Le Mouton Noir (1979)
Music
An Almost Perfect Affair (1979)
Music
Premier Voyage (1979)
Music
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)
Music
Dear Detective (1978)
Music
Va Voir Maman, Papa Travaille (1978)
Music
La Petite fille en velours bleu (1978)
Music
Le Cavaleur (1978)
Music
Photo Souvenir (1977)
Music
Le Point de mire (1977)
Music
Julia (1977)
Music
That Most Important Thing: Love (1977)
Music
Julie pot de colle (1977)
Music
Le Grand Escogriffe (1977)
Music
L'Incorrigible (1975)
Music
Police Python.357 (1975)
Music
Calmos (1975)
Music
La Gifle (1974)
Music
Day for Night (1973)
Music
Angela (1973)
Music
The Day of the Dolphin (1973)
Music
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
Music
Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me (1972)
Music
Chere Louise (1972)
Music
Malpertuis: Histoire d'une maison Maudite (1972)
Music
Quelque part, quelqu'un (1972)
Music
L' Ingenu (1972)
Music
The Horsemen (1971)
Music Composition and Conducting
Two English Girls (1971)
Music
Alex in Wonderland (1970)
Composer
Promise at Dawn (1970)
Composer
Give Her the Moon (1970)
Music
Promise at Dawn (1970)
Music comp & Conductor
Women in Love (1970)
Music comp & Conductor
The Conformist (1970)
Music
A Walk with Love and Death (1969)
Composer
A Walk with Love and Death (1969)
Music comp & Conductor
L'immortelle (1969)
Music
The Brain (1969)
Music
The Devil by the Tail (1969)
Music
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Music
Interlude (1968)
Original Music comp & Conductor
The High Commissioner (1968)
Music comp & Director
The Two of Us (1968)
Music
The Uninhibited (1968)
Music
The 25th Hour (1967)
Music comp & Conductor
The Immoral Moment (1967)
Music
King of Hearts (1967)
Music
Our Mother's House (1967)
Music comp & Conductor
Mata Hari, Agent H-21 (1967)
Music
The Sucker (1966)
Music
Male Companion (1966)
Music
Up to His Ears (1966)
Music
Tight Skirts, Loose Pleasures (1966)
Music
Enough Rope (1966)
Music Conductor
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Music comp & Conductor
Viva Maria (1965)
Original Music comp
Greed in the Sun (1965)
Music
Women and War (1965)
Music
Highway Pickup (1965)
Music
The Winner (1965)
Additional Music
Rapture (1965)
Music comp & Conductor
A Mistress for the Summer (1964)
Music
The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
Music
Contempt (1964)
Music
That Man From Rio (1964)
Music
The Soft Skin (1964)
Music
Cartouche (1964)
Music
The Big Risk (1963)
Music
Paris Pick-Up (1963)
Music
The Season for Love (1963)
Music
Rififi in Tokyo (1963)
Music
Playtime (1963)
Music
Love at Twenty (1963)
Linking Music
French Dressing (1963)
Music
L'aine des Ferchaux (1963)
Music
Have I The Right To Kill (1963)
Music Composer
The Passion of Slow Fire (1962)
Music
The Long Absence (1962)
Music
Crime Does Not Pay (1962)
Music
Nude in His Pocket (1962)
Music
Jules and Jim (1962)
Music
Love and the Frenchwoman (1961)
Music for "A Woman Alone"
The Five Day Lover (1961)
Music
The Joker (1961)
Music
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1960)
Music
The Love Game (1960)
Music

Music (Special)

Memento Mori (1992)
Music

Music (Short)

Vive le Tour! (1962)
Music
Le Chant du Styrene (1958)
Music Director
La Mer et les jours (1958)
Music
Le Mystere de l'atelier Quinze (1957)
Music Director
Toute la Memoire du Monde (1956)
Music

Music (TV Mini-Series)

Queenie (1987)
Music

Life Events

1950

Scored first short, Henri Lacoste's "Le Mystere du Quai Conti"

1950

Scored over 20 short films

1950

Commisioned by Jean Vilar for the music of his stage production, "La Mort de Danton" (date approximate)

1950

Conducted Darius Milhaud's score for "Scheherazade" at Avignon Festival

1959

First feature as composer, Pierre Kast's "Le Bel Age"

1966

Subject of Ken Russell TV documentary, "Don't Shoot the Composer"

1969

First US film, John Huston's "A Walk with Love and Death"

1971

Appeared as a conductor in Truffaut's "Two English Girls" (also wrote score)

1979

Received Oscar for score to "A Little Romance"

1992

Scored final film, Pierre Schoendoerfer's "Dien Bien Phu"

Videos

Movie Clip

Contempt (1963) - Completely, Tenderly, And Tragically Artsy director Jean-Luc Godard makes no explanation for his lighting in this scene introducing principals Camille (Brigitte Bardot) and Paul (Michel Piccoli) in Contempt, 1963, from a novel by Alberto Moravia.
Contempt (1963) - I'll Take A Taxi Big-shot Prokosch (Jack Palance) insists that Camille (Brigitte Bardot) ride with him and husband Paul (Michel Piccoli) is happy to grab a cab, in a key moment in Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt, 1963.
Contempt (1963) - I Like Gods Unhappy producer Prokosch (Jack Palance) and writer Paul (Michel Piccoli) drop in on Fritz Lang (playing himself) and screening his fictional "Odysseus," in Jean-Luc Godard's movie-business commentary Contempt, 1963.
Agnes Of God (1985) - Open, Mon Dieu! Plausible enough that this is Norman Jewison directing, on Quebec locations, with camera by Sven Nykvist and design by Ken Adam, opening the 1985 adaptation of the widely-praised play (and screenplay) by John Pielmeier, only Anne Bancroft among the three stars seen here, in Agnes Of God, 1985, with Jane Fonda and Meg Tilly.
That Man From Rio (1964) - A Week's Leave Chomping baguettes and cheese, cloaks but no daggers, director Philippe De Broca introduces his leading man Jean-Paul Belmondo, the famous Musee de l’Homme in Paris, an unknown thief and Francoise Dorleac as Agnes, opening the international hit That Man From Rio, 1964.
That Man From Rio (1964) - Stop Shaking Me! Intrepid on-leave airman Adrien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) has followed his kidnapped and drugged archeologist girl Agnes (Francoise Dorleac) from Paris to Rio, improvising to rescue her from maybe cultish thugs, in Philippe De Broca’s That Man From Rio, 1964.
Jules and Jim (1962) - And A French Girl Early 1900's, college pals German Jules (Oskar Werner) and French Jim (Henri Serre) discover a statue while vacationing in Greece, return to Paris, then meet a girl, Catherine (Jeanne Moreau) in Francois Truffaut's Jules and Jim, 1962.
Jules And Jim (1962) - Our Friend Thomas Jules (Oskar Werner) re-introduces Jim (Henri Serre) to Catherine (Jeanne Moreau) who then masquerades as "Thomas," as the friends romp in early 1900's Paris in Francois Truffaut's Jules and Jim, 1962.
Man for All Seasons, A (1966) - Opening Sequence Majestic music by Georges Delerue accompanies the opening sequence and credits from the 1966 Best Picture winner A Man for All Seasons, directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw and Leo McKern, from the play and screenplay by Robert Bolt.
Day For Night (1973) - Why Can't The Secretary Be Pregnant? Francois Truffaut directs himself as director Ferrand, dealing with a casting crisis with his producer (Jean Bertrand), a contribution from composer Georges Delerue, a cavalcade of tributes to Truffaut’s idols and friends, and Jacqueline Bisset arriving as Julie, the star, in Day For Night, 1973.
Love On The Run (1979) - Like An Old Maid After credits over a tasteful bedroom romp, Jean-Pierre Leaud as Antoine Doinel, waking with his latest girl Sabine (Dorothee, a well-known French TV hostess), in the final film in Francois Truffaut's series based on the character from The Four Hundred Blows, Love On The Run, 1979.
Devil By The Tail (1969) -- Turn Around And Look Innocent! Amelie (Marthe Keller) delivers a fixed Cadillac to Maricorne (Yves Montand), a gangster posing as a diplomat, who feigns reluctance to leave her family's estate-turned-inn, then runs into a dragnet, in Philippe de Broca's Devil By The Tail, 1969.

Trailer

Our Mother's House - (Original Trailer) Afraid of being separated, a family of children keep their mother's death a secret in Our Mother's House (1967) starring Dick Bogarde.
25th Hour, The - (Original Trailer) A Romanian peasant (Anthony Quinn) fights to get back to his family after he's imprisoned by the Nazis in The 25th Hour (1967).
King of Hearts, The - (Original Trailer) Alan Bates stars as a Scottish World War I soldier in an abandoned town full of whimsical lunatics in The King of Hearts (1967).
Little Romance, A - (Original Trailer) Teenagers elope with the help of an aging pickpocket in A Little Romance (1979), starring Diane Lane and Laurence Olivier.
Anne of the Thousand Days - (Original Trailer) Anne Boleyn (Genevieve Bujold) fights to keep Henry VIII's love and her head in the midst of palace intrigue in Anne of the Thousand Days (1969).
Pumpkin Eater, The - (Original Trailer) Anne Bancroft won best actress at the Cannes Film Festival as a wife having a nervous breakdown in Harold Pinter's The Pumpkin Eater (1964).
Day Of The Jackal, The - (Original Trailer) British and French agents join forces to save President De Gaulle from a deadly assassin in The Day Of The Jackal (1973).
Have I The Right to Kill - (U.S. release trailer) A French army deserter (Alain Delon) takes on OAS terrorists to rescue a beautiful woman in Have I The Right To Kill (1964).
Steel Magnolias - (Original Trailer) Small-town Southern women help each other through the trials of life in Steel Magnolias (1989) starring Sally Field and Julia Roberts.

Family

Claire Delerue
Daughter
Mother, Micheline Gautron.
Emmanuelle Delerue
Step-Daughter
Daughter from Micheline Gautron's previous marriage.

Companions

Micheline Gautron
Wife
Married in 1959.
Colette Delerue
Wife
Second wife.

Bibliography

Notes

Won the Grand Prix de Rome and First Prize for Musical Composition in 1949.

Named Commander of Arts and Letters.