Francis Lai

Francis Lai

Highest Rated: 100% Dark Eyes (1987)

Lowest Rated: 14% Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992)

Birthday: Apr 26, 1932

Birthplace: Nice, France

Although born in Nice, it was a move to Paris as a young man where Francis Lai grew as a musician. 1960s Paris bustled with artists and musicians and it was there that the young Lai composed his first song with Bernard Dimey, joined the Michel Magne Orchestra, then worked with Edith Piaf. He also met director/writer Claude Lelouch in 1965, which led to his first big screen credit with the score to the romantic drama "A Man and A Woman" (1966). The jaunty melody of the title tune became instantly recognizable, and was immediately covered many times by various artists in both French and English; it also won Lai a Golden Globe nomination. The film also included "Aujourd'hui C'est Toi," which became the theme music to the long-running British current affairs program "Panorama" (BBC 1953- ). After Lai became a popular composer in the French film industry, his first assignment for an American production was Peter Seller's little seen comedy "The Bobo" (1967), swiftly followed by Michael Winner's British comedy drama "I'll Never Forget What's 'isname" (1967) and the thriller "House of Cards" (1968) starring George Peppard and Orson Welles. However it was the delicate piano and stirring strings of 1970's "Love Story" that won Lai an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The theme song was so popular it was a hit not just for Lai himself but also for Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Shirley Bassey, and more. Lai contained to be an admired composer across Europe and the US, scoring many films including the erotic dramas "Emmanuelle II" (1985) and "Bilitis" (1977). However, the themes to "A Man and A Woman" and "Love Story" remained his most enduring compositions. Both songs were so instantly synonymous with romance that they were used repeatedly in films and on TV, appearing everywhere from Danish police procedural "The Killing" (DR 2007-2010) and the remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (2010) to "Glee" (Fox 2009-) and "The Simpsons" (Fox 1989-). Lai moved back to his hometown of Nice following his retirement, where he remained so beloved a member of the community that it was the mayor of the city who announced his death on November 7, 2018 at the age of 86.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
78% 40% The Best Years of a Life Music - 2019
No Score Yet 31% Un plus une Original Music - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Love You, You Bastard Original Concept - 2014
No Score Yet 74% What Love May Bring Original Music - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Le genre humain: Les Parisiens Original Music - 2004
No Score Yet 88% Chance or Coincidence Original Music - 1998
14% 40% Tom and Jerry: The Movie Music $2.7M 1992
100% 92% Dark Eyes Original Music $11.7K 1987
No Score Yet 29% Marie: A True Story Original Music $1.9M 1985
No Score Yet 50% Dog Day Original Music - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Widows' Nest Original Music - 1977
67% 56% Another Man, Another Chance Original Music - 1977
No Score Yet 40% Wanted: Babysitter Original Music - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love in the Rain Original Music - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Merry-Go-Round Music - 1973
No Score Yet 62% And Hope to Die Original Music - 1972
80% 65% Rider on the Rain Original Music - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Modification Original Music - 1970
68% 75% Love Story Original Music - 1970
No Score Yet 85% Hannibal Brooks Original Music - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet 13 Days in France Original Music - 1968
No Score Yet 52% I'll Never Forget What's 'is Name Music - 1967
No Score Yet 45% The Bobo Original Music - 1967
75% 87% A Man and a Woman Original Music - 1966

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