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12 february 2018 world premiere 2-CD release. 115 minutes of unreleased music, 12 page CD booklet with liner notes by Gergely Hubai ! Limited edition of 750 copies only !
In collaboration with Universal Pictures, Music Box Records announces the 2-disc collection Francis Lai at Universal Pictures which featured three previously unreleased scores by the composer. The three scores are arranged and conducted by the talented Christian Gaubert.


Three Into Two Won’t Go is a 1969 drama in which Rod Steiger plays travelling salesman Steve Howard who hooks up a free-spirited hitchhiker. While leading a double life seems fun at first, the girl turns up at Steve's home and moves into the place. Even though it’s a pop score at heart, Francis Lai captured the central conflict of the film with a relatively simple musical solution - creating two different musical worlds to represent Steven’s relationship with his lover and her wife. Two great love themes and a handful of fun source cues cover the entire score of this title.
House of Cards  (1968) marks the earliest collaboration of Francis Lai and Universal represented on this disc - the John Guillermin-helmed spy adventure stars George Peppard as a world-weary boxer who hooks up with a wealthy window as he becomes a tutor to her son. The appearance of a Neo-Fascist group disrupts the idyllic life and is followed-by a cross country manhunt culminating in a showdown at the Coliseum. The typical Bond-inspired potboiler gets an engaging and energetic spy jazz score with Lai providing a great theme song as well as memorable action cues.
The second disc is dedicated to Berlin Affair, a 1970 TV movie about a bounty hunter who is tasked with hunting down a former associate. Believing his friend is innocent, Pete Killian (played by Darren McGavin) tries to help his pal until it is revealed that there is indeed malicious intent in the background. Throw in a beautiful girl entangled in the extortion business, the 90-minute television film offers more than 50 minutes of top drawer spy jazz scoring, including a thunderous main theme and a sweet love theme that recalls "Diamonds Are Forever" (though this was written earlier).
The three scores on the album have never been released before and have been fully mastered from complete scoring session elements, stored in Universal vaults. The 12-page booklet features rare photos as well as an essay by Gergely Hubai discussing the composer, his work with Universal as well as each film and score. Limited edition of 750 units.

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released March 2017
Chacun Sa Vie"Everyone’s Life, the latest from veteran French filmmaker Claude Lelouch, is a loose and sunny ensemble comedy with a bitter sense of humor. Call it optimistically cynical (or cynically optimistic) but for every bawdy joke tossed off by a doctor who makes his rounds on a hover board, there’s a scene like the violent, decidedly non-politically correct and, eventually, surreal public argument between a cheating woman and her Arabic boyfriend. Lelouch seems to be saying, “Well, pretty much everyone is cruel, selfish and corrupt but they have some good qualities too and we’ll probably figure it out in the end so don’t worry too much.”
Everyone’s Life takes place in the town of Beaune, in Burgundy. With the exception of an extended epilogue, all the events unfold over the duration of the town’s annual jazz festival. Largely episodic, the film jumps around among stories that touch the lives of various townsfolk and visitors. It’s a familiar formula but the festival setting lends it all a pleasant musicality, even to the point of one honest-to-God musical number, thought a quiet and lovely one at that.
Though the film speeds by in its brisk editing and the framing is generally accomplished, Everyone’s Life’s least attractive quality is its color palette. To be blunt, it looks like every other middlebrow, bourgeois French dramedy; summery and slightly washed out like a pharmaceutical commercial from the late 1990s.
Among the sprawling cast of notable French actors are Jean Dujardin, Christopher Lambert, Vincent Pérez and rock star Johnny Hallyday in a dual role as both himself and a professional Johnny Hallyday impersonator.

So much of the comedy in Everyone’s Life comes from people behaving badly—cheating, bribing, alcoholism, etc.—that it’s a pleasant surprise when Lelouch draws on those same faults and excesses for the truly moving bits of pathos. A healthy percentage of the characters are involved in the legal and judicial system. From cops to judges to, eventually, defendants, there’s an ongoing conversation at play here about justice and conviction (in multiple senses of the word). Given what we’ve seen of Lelouch’s worldview, we expect that we’re just going to see these ideals degraded and mocked. And, of course, we do. But, in the end, it’s in our institutions that Everyone’s Life finds the most powerful grace."
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Starring Éric Dupond-Moretti, Johnny Hallyday, Nadia Farès, Jean Dujardin, Christophe Lambert, Antoine Duléry, Marianne Denicourt, Rufus, Chantal Ladesou, Gérard Darmon, Julie Ferrier, Stéphane de Groodt, Samuel Benchetrit, Jean-Marie Bigard, Déborah François, Liane Foly, Isabelle de Hertogh, Francis Huster, Mathilde Seigner, Ramzy Bedia, Michel Leeb, Philippe Lellouche, Béatrice Dalle, Elsa Zylberstein, Vincent Perez et Zinedine Soualem.


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