I had the honor of introducing David Lean’s masterful 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia at the Academy Museum’s new David Geffen Theater, a wonderful 966-seat house and the perfect place to screen a 70mm, six-track stereo print. It was part of the Academy’s Branch Selects program, whereby each branch (in this case Music) chooses a significant film for a public screening. To my surprise and pleasure, the music governors recommended me as the person who should intro the film. It was a wonderful opportunity to herald the grand-scale work of French composer Maurice Jarre; Lawrence was the first of four films he would score for the distinguished British director, and he won Oscars for three of them: Lawrence, Doctor Zhivago and A Passage to India.
Upon the death of French composer Maurice Jarre, the Los Angeles Times asked me to write about his music and its impact, both on the films he scored and popular culture generally. Here‘s that piece. I liked Maurice very much, and it was a pleasure to tape a long video “oral history” of him for the Film Music Foundation.