Golden palms at the Cannes Film Festival: best music of movies

Cannes: its actors, its movie directors, its popular Croisette, and its red carpet, every second week of May since 1946, the festival canoes celebrates the seventh art and rewards a small handful of films selected internationally.

Among all the prizes awarded, the Golden Palm represents the ultimate dedication, the recognition of a purpose, a history, a sense of image, and certain use of music.

Here is the most beautiful music of films that have received the Golden Palm.

Pulp Fiction

Worship. In 1994, the American director Quentin Tarantino received the Golden Palme for his film Pulp Fiction. A story of gangsters, assassinations, assassinations, and trafficking, with a few rocks, pop and soul hits as the background.

Among the music that became inseparable from the film: Misirlou, of course. This melody with Eastern accents scratched at high speed on a single guitar string is a rock ‘n’ roll version of a song that originally belonged to the traditional Greek repertoire.

Apocalypse Now

The action took place during the Vietnam War, among the secret services of the American army. Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola is a monument of cinema, a reference consecrated, among others, by the Golden Palm of the Cannes Film Festival 1979.

With Apocalypse Now, Coppola definitively associates the theme of the ride of the Walkyries with the murderous madness, using this excerpt from Wagner’s Opera during a bombing scene.

La Dolce Vita

  1. La Dolce Vita is a scandal on the Croisette. The press and the world of cinema rise in the face of such debauchery, luxury, and high society. The film by Federico Fellini has now become a classic, a masterpiece of Italian cinema. On a background of lively music composed by his eternal acolyte Nino Rota, Federico Fellini stages The Adventures of a popular journalist: his Roman evenings and his quest of the great love.

Taxi Driver

One of the greatest works in the history of cinema? In 1976, Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver made history on the Croisette. The movie is violent, a bloody film that depicts the night wanderings in New York of an insomniac taxi driver.

On the music side, the soundtrack is signed Bernard Herrmann, the composer of Alfred Hitchcock, to whom we owe in particular the music of cold sweat, death in pursuit and psychosis. Herrmann died on December 24, 1975, a few months before the release of Taxi Driver, and that is why Martin Scorsese has dedicated his film.

The Piano Lesson

It is the story of a woman for whom the piano has become the only means of communication because she only expresses herself through gestures and music. The Piano Lesson was released in 1993, directed by Jane Campion, the only woman director to have received a Golden Palm to date.

The music for the film is composed by Michael Nyman, a British pianist, and musicologist who has taken inspiration here from the traditional Scottish repertoire.

The Tree of Life

A rather controversial Golden Palm: The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick, released and rewarded in 2011, has deeply divided criticism. Some saw it as a work full of philosophy and poetry, while others blamed Malick for too much mysticism.

The soundtrack of the film composed by Alexandre Desplat was more unanimous. It takes us into a world of sweetness, dreams, and poetry, transmits to us the peaceful image of a river, the nostalgia of a memory of childhood or the tranquility of a blue sky.

Pianist

Music is one of the main themes of The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski and awarded at Cannes in 2002. It is the remedy, the lifeline of the Jewish pianist Wladek who, during the Second World War in Warsaw, tried to survive the Nazi persecution.

The soundtrack of The Pianist includes some of the pianistic masterpieces of the Franco-Polish composer Frédéric Chopin: the Mazurka in the minor, The Piano Concerto n ° 1, and the Nocturne N ° 20 (which has experienced a huge increase in popularity thanks to the film).

Cheetah

Back in the 1960s with one of the first canoes Gold Palms: The Cheetah of Luchino Visconti. This cinematic epic tells us the decline of the great Italian aristocracy through the story of a Sicilian prince, Fabrizio Corbera De Salina.

To accompany these 153 minutes of images, Visconti has teamed up with Nino Rota, the Italian composer, and conductor well-known for his collaboration with another director, Federico Fellini.

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