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 Posted:   Nov 18, 2013 - 7:29 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

I've spent several weeks looking at films starring Jean Seberg in preparation for a symposium last Saturday in conjunction with the world premiere of the new documentary Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg in Marshalltown, IA, and was struck by how great many of the scores were to her films (the title song from Bonjour Tristesse will be running through your head for days after you hear it). I've become particularly fond of Delerue's Five-Day Lover since using it as background for a montage of clips from her films, but there's also Saint Joan, the iconic Breathless score, Newman's Airport, Mancini's Moment to Moment, Morricone's L'Attentat, etc. So what's your favorite?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2013 - 8:00 PM   
 By:   ntbobkat   (Member)

Joseph Kosma's score to IN THE FRENCH STYLE.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2013 - 8:11 PM   
 By:   The CinemaScope Cat   (Member)

Airport (Alfred Newman)
Moment To Moment (Henry Mancini)
Saint Joan (Mischa Spoliansky)

 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Nelson Riddle did right by Lerner & Loewe (and Previn) in his grand, sweeping treatment of the "Paint Your Wagon" score.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   Primo   (Member)

For me – Saint Joan.

The film itself is vastly underrated – and Seberg's performance (whatever the perceived deficiencies of her abilities at the time of the film's initial release) is in perfect accord with the character she plays.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   Primo   (Member)

Double post!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   Primo   (Member)

Double post!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   Primo   (Member)

Double post!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 4:19 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

Joseph Kosma's score to IN THE FRENCH STYLE.

Great choice!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 4:38 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

Joseph Kosma's score to IN THE FRENCH STYLE.

Great choice!


Doc Loch

tell us more about the weekend - I really wanted to go but unfortunately, I am in a production (VIRGINIA WOOLF) and was unable to be there.
I wanted so much to see some of the Seberg films on the big screen. How were the presentations ? The festival really obtained a much better array of Seberg's ouevre.
I certainly hope that the documentary eventually gets a release on dvd/BR .

as far as scores, I like SAINT JOAN, LILITH, AIRPORT... BTW PAINT YOUR WAGON is being shown tonight on MOVIES! twice.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 6:49 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Alfred Newman's "Airport" or the musical "Paint Your Wagon" (which had some new songs with music by Sir Andre Previn) (Frederick Loewe refused to work on the film version).

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

Joseph Kosma's score to IN THE FRENCH STYLE.

Great choice!


Doc Loch

tell us more about the weekend - I really wanted to go but unfortunately, I am in a production (VIRGINIA WOOLF) and was unable to be there.
I wanted so much to see some of the Seberg films on the big screen. How were the presentations ? The festival really obtained a much better array of Seberg's ouevre.
I certainly hope that the documentary eventually gets a release on dvd/BR .

as far as scores, I like SAINT JOAN, LILITH, AIRPORT... BTW PAINT YOUR WAGON is being shown tonight on MOVIES! twice.


If you were planning to go to see the films on a big screen don't feel too bad about missing out. As far as I know none of them were projected on actual film, and they basically were using the same sources everyone else has access to. The screening of Kill got cancelled because they were using a videotape source that got damaged, so they substituted Road to Corinth (aka Who's Got the Black Box?), which I'm assuming was from the commercial DVD. I caught a few minutes of Mousey and it was a really terrible transfer with red horizontal lines running through it and occasional dropouts where the screen got that white static you sometimes used to get when you had dirty heads on a VCR. Unfortunately, it's hard to find a lot of Seberg's films so they had to go with the best sources available. I've offered to loan them my 16mm print of In the French Style, so maybe we'll run that next year. The documentary itself was pristine, of course. I was in it more than I expected (and in my opinion more than was needed), but it was a good enough film that it survived me. Also worked up a real nice montage of clips for my symposium, which went over well. Plans are to have a few more screenings of the documentary to get some feedback, then do some additional editing and tweaking. After that they'll take it around to various cities and festivals, possibly arrange a showing on Public Television, and eventually do a DVD release.

 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 8:25 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

BONJOUR TRISTESSE by Georges Auric

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 11:18 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

Joseph Kosma's score to IN THE FRENCH STYLE.

Great choice!


Doc Loch

tell us more about the weekend - I really wanted to go but unfortunately, I am in a production (VIRGINIA WOOLF) and was unable to be there.
I wanted so much to see some of the Seberg films on the big screen. How were the presentations ? The festival really obtained a much better array of Seberg's ouevre.
I certainly hope that the documentary eventually gets a release on dvd/BR .

as far as scores, I like SAINT JOAN, LILITH, AIRPORT... BTW PAINT YOUR WAGON is being shown tonight on MOVIES! twice.


If you were planning to go to see the films on a big screen don't feel too bad about missing out. As far as I know none of them were projected on actual film, and they basically were using the same sources everyone else has access to. The screening of Kill got cancelled because they were using a videotape source that got damaged, so they substituted Road to Corinth (aka Who's Got the Black Box?), which I'm assuming was from the commercial DVD. I caught a few minutes of Mousey and it was a really terrible transfer with red horizontal lines running through it and occasional dropouts where the screen got that white static you sometimes used to get when you had dirty heads on a VCR. Unfortunately, it's hard to find a lot of Seberg's films so they had to go with the best sources available. I've offered to loan them my 16mm print of In the French Style, so maybe we'll run that next year. The documentary itself was pristine, of course. I was in it more than I expected (and in my opinion more than was needed), but it was a good enough film that it survived me. Also worked up a real nice montage of clips for my symposium, which went over well. Plans are to have a few more screenings of the documentary to get some feedback, then do some additional editing and tweaking. After that they'll take it around to various cities and festivals, possibly arrange a showing on Public Television, and eventually do a DVD release.


Thanks so much for the info ---
what a shame about the prints shown --- I wondered since it is a fairly small theater and festival - I live near Chicago so a trip to Marshaltown is quite a drive - still if I can , I liked to visit Jean's hometown and go on the tour , meet some eho knew her, etc. Maybe next year...

I hope that they show your print next year - do you live close to Marshaltown? what is exactly your relation to Jean Seberg?

I should mention that I also love the Auric music to BONJOUR TRISTESSE. The leads all do great work and I think that Jean was never better . Did they show the Blu-ray from Twilight Time ? Do you have it?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 5:54 AM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)


Thanks so much for the info ---
what a shame about the prints shown --- I wondered since it is a fairly small theater and festival - I live near Chicago so a trip to Marshaltown is quite a drive - still if I can , I liked to visit Jean's hometown and go on the tour , meet some eho knew her, etc. Maybe next year...

I hope that they show your print next year - do you live close to Marshaltown? what is exactly your relation to Jean Seberg?

I should mention that I also love the Auric music to BONJOUR TRISTESSE. The leads all do great work and I think that Jean was never better . Did they show the Blu-ray from Twilight Time ? Do you have it?


I live in Illinois (just under four hours from Marshalltown) but grew up in central Iowa. Although I heard about Seberg while growing up there, my real connection began a little over twenty years ago when I walked into my film history class at Iowa State and announced that we would be seeing the film Breathless as an example of the French New Wave. While introducing the film I mentioned that the lead actress grew up in Marshalltown and became a movie star when she was discovered in a nationwide search for an Otto Preminger film. One of my students became fascinated by Seberg and began work on what would ultimately become the documentary that premiered at the festival last week. I always joke that if I had decided to show Jules and Jim that semester instead of Breathless he might have ended up devoting twenty years of his life to a documentary on Jeanne Moreau.

Not sure what they used as the source of Bonjour Tristesse since I didn't get to that screening. I haven't gone Blu-ray yet (still happy with the DVDs I have and in no hurry to turn everything over to another format).

Break a leg on Virginia Woolf!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 12:17 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)


Thanks so much for the info ---
what a shame about the prints shown --- I wondered since it is a fairly small theater and festival - I live near Chicago so a trip to Marshaltown is quite a drive - still if I can , I liked to visit Jean's hometown and go on the tour , meet some eho knew her, etc. Maybe next year...

I hope that they show your print next year - do you live close to Marshaltown? what is exactly your relation to Jean Seberg?

I should mention that I also love the Auric music to BONJOUR TRISTESSE. The leads all do great work and I think that Jean was never better . Did they show the Blu-ray from Twilight Time ? Do you have it?


I live in Illinois (just under four hours from Marshalltown) but grew up in central Iowa. Although I heard about Seberg while growing up there, my real connection began a little over twenty years ago when I walked into my film history class at Iowa State and announced that we would be seeing the film Breathless as an example of the French New Wave. While introducing the film I mentioned that the lead actress grew up in Marshalltown and became a movie star when she was discovered in a nationwide search for an Otto Preminger film. One of my students became fascinated by Seberg and began work on what would ultimately become the documentary that premiered at the festival last week. I always joke that if I had decided to show Jules and Jim that semester instead of Breathless he might have ended up devoting twenty years of his life to a documentary on Jeanne Moreau.

Not sure what they used as the source of Bonjour Tristesse since I didn't get to that screening. I haven't gone Blu-ray yet (still happy with the DVDs I have and in no hurry to turn everything over to another format).

Break a leg on Virginia Woolf!


Thanks again, Doc --

I follow the Jean Seberg thread/blog on facebook that your student has - so your story sounds familiar. I hope that he is able to get PBS interested in his documentary - that would allow so many more people to find out about this forgotten star( at least by most people today). Her life and career are much more interesting than many realize - I read Breathless - Jean Seberg by Gary McGee - a wonderful , respectful biography on her and was appalled at how badly the US treated her ..

I was born in Cedar Rapids so I too am Iowa born. I hoped to visit there on a trip to Marshalltown when I go.

Thanks for the good wishes -- I am proud to say our show was very well received by audiences last weekend.

(The life of Jeanne Moreau could not be nearly as interesting or poignant as Jean's , though she's a wonderful actress)

Philip

 
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