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Cinema of Juliette Gréco
     

The Cinema of Juliette Gréco

by Juliette Gréco
 
The first thing that has to be clarified about this CD is that, although it's titled The Cinema of Juliette Gréco, it has only four tracks on which she sings. The idea is to compile music from the soundtracks of a half-dozen 1949-1958 films in which Gréco appeared and/or sang on the soundtrack, though she did not actually have a lead role

Overview

The first thing that has to be clarified about this CD is that, although it's titled The Cinema of Juliette Gréco, it has only four tracks on which she sings. The idea is to compile music from the soundtracks of a half-dozen 1949-1958 films in which Gréco appeared and/or sang on the soundtrack, though she did not actually have a lead role in any of them. So after the first four tracks, the selections are entirely instrumental pieces to which Gréco did not contribute. It might be going too far to say this package is deceptive, as it is annotated with reasonable thoroughness, and doesn't claim to be a Gréco album (though it doesn't exactly claim not to be, either). But it seems fair to state that this is more for soundtrack buffs than Gréco fans, though the Gréco-sung tunes -- including French and English versions of "Bonjour Tristesse" -- are easily the highlights of the CD. If those sultry songs put you in the mood for more of the same from this interesting cult chanteuse, the remaining 65 minutes of the disc can't help but come off as a disappointment, comprised of relatively typical if varied '50s-era soundtrack music. The scores are often densely orchestrated and portentously melodramatic. Some folksier accents of accordion, nightclub jazz, and martial bands pop through on occasion in the excerpts from The Sun Also Rises, which also has some English spoken narration.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2010
Label:
El Records
UPC:
5013929319738
catalogNumber:
2931973

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Juliette Gréco   Primary Artist,Vocals
Malcolm Arnold   Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Serge Baudo   Conductor
Lionel Newman   Conductor
André Popp   Conductor
Vicente Gómez Jiménez   Guitar
Lambert Williamson   Conductor

Technical Credits

Malcolm Arnold   Original Material
Hugo Friedhofer   Original Material
Georges Auric   Original Material
Isham Jones   Original Material
Cole Porter   Original Material
Harry Archer   Original Material
Georges Tabet   Original Material
Arthur Laurents   Original Material
Joseph Kosma   Original Material
Henri Lemarchand   Original Material
Harlan Thompson   Original Material
Jacques Datin   Original Material
Henri Patterson   Original Material
Vicente Gómez Jiménez   Original Material
Jean Renoir   Original Material
Amanda LeCorney   Cover Art
A. Tabet   Original Material

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