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Maurice Jarre

Maurice Jarre (born in Lyon, September 13, 1924) is a French composer of film scores, noted for his use of the Ondes Martenot. and for the scores of many films including a series of David Lean films, Lawrence Of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984). These are often considered his best work and some of the most enduring movie music in the repertory.

He has been nominated for nine Academy Awards, and has won three:

Jarre wrote for orchestras, but largely switched to synthesized music in the 1980s, largely for practical rather than esthetic motivations, many critics feel. The thunderous percussive opening and broad heroic theme of Lawrence of Arabia and the striking cimbalom "Lara's Theme" from Doctor Zhivago are more famous than the heartbreaking closing motif from Ghost (1990), the woodwind theme from Fatal Attraction, and the modal Irish tonality he wrote for David Lean's Ryan's Daughter as well as his Mad Max score for Beyond Thunderdome (1985).

Now officially retired, Jarre's scored his last film in 2001, a TV movie about the Holocaust entitled Uprising.

Maurice is the father of Jean Michel Jarre. His youngest son Kevin is a screenwriter, with credits on such movies as Tombstone and Glory.

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