Francis Lai: The Essential Film Music Collection review

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that, while I do watch more foreign films than most of my peers, I have little knowledge of French cinema. There are the occasional French films that pop up on IFC or Sundance Channel, but usually the descriptions don’t inspire me to delve into them. And without this quick reference to French film in mind, I really had no clue about who Francis Lai was. So when this CD was dropped in my lap, I thought, 'Really?' I popped it into my player, and wound up finding that I enjoyed what I heard.

Francis Lai is an accordionist and composer, born on April 26, 1932 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France. He started out playing in jazz clubs in Marseilles, and eventually moved to Paris, honing his skills as a composer and arranger, and even worked with Edith Piaf. He has since scored over 100 films,
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