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Dying of Neglect

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , on December 16, 2010 by dcairns

Over at The Daily Notebook, I keep The Late Films Blogathon going with an edition of The Forgotten tackling a film which is triply a late work: the posthumous project of Max Ophuls, the penultimate film of Jacques Becker, and one of the last movies of star Gerard Philipe.

It shames me to say that in enumerating the many great virtues of this colossally moving piece, I neglected to mention composer Paul Misraki, an underrated fellow who wrote scores for Welles, Godard, Chabrol, Melville… Here, his woozy organ arpeggios take us spiraling down towards oblivion, a dreamy death…