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Playlist: French Music For Film

French filmmakers, actors, writers, technicians and musicians are up for Oscars at the Academy Awards this Sunday. With Amour nominated for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Film, and Emmanuelle Riva up for Best Actress in a Leading Role, it could be a historic night for French film in the US.To get ready for the festivities we’ve put together a playlist of some of the best music from French films over the years and a few tracks written for American films by French musicians.  The playlist begins with the sounds of the French nouvelle vague before moving into more contemporary terrain with Sonic Youth’s soundtrack for Fabrice Gobert’s Simon Werner a Disparu (2010) and Air’s score for Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (1999). You’ll also hear two tracks from Alexandre Desplat’s Oscar-nominated score for this year’s Argo and Alexandre Theraud’s haunting theme for Amour.

Song | Film

Les 400 Coups, Jean ConstantinThe 400 Blows (1959), Dir. Francois Truffaut

Martial Solal - New York Herald Tribune,  Breathless (1960), Dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Charles Trenet - Que reste t-il de nos amours?,Stolen Kisses (1958), Dir. Francois Truffaut

Jacques Dutronc - L'arsèneArsène Lupin (1971-1974), Dir. Jacques Nahum

Gillian Hills, Jean Bouchety, Zou Bisou BisouMad Men (2007-ongoing TV series), Dir. Matthew Weiner

Claude Bolling, Pop ModLe Magnifique (1973), Dir. Philippe de Broca

Anna Karina, AngelaA Woman is A Woman (1961), Dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Francoise Hardy, Tous Les Garcons Et Les FillesThe Dreamers (2003), Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci

Francis Lemarque, Alain Romans - Générique de débutPlaytime, (1967), Dir. Jacques Tati

Miles Davis, Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Generique)Elevator to the Gallows (1958), Dir. Louis Malle

Serge Gainsbourg, Comme Un BoomerangAnna (1967), Dir. Pierre Koralnik

Alexandre Desplat, A Spy In TehranArgo (2012), Dir. Ben Affleck

Sonic Youth, Thème de JérémieLights Out (2010), Dir. Fabrice Gobert

Air, Cosmic TripTrip to the Moon (1902) (new score by Air, 2012), Dir. Georges Méliès

Daft Punk, End of LineTron Legacy (2010), Dir. Joseph Kosinski

Talk Talk, RuneiiA Prophet (2009), Dir. Jacques Audiard

Schubert, Impromptu, Op. 90 D899, No. 3 en sol bémol majeur (Alexandre Tharaud)Amour (2012), Dir. Michael Haneke

Erik Satie, Gnossienne No. 1The Fire Within (1963, )Dir. Louis Malle

Clarlos D'Alessio, India SongIndia Song (1975), Dir. Marguerite Duras

Air, Highschool LoverThe Virgin Suicide (1999), Dir. Sofia Coppola

Juliette Gréco, Strip TeaseStrip-Tease (1963), Dir. Jacques Poitrenaud