Der Start (West Germany)
Il vergine (Italy)
La partida (Spain)
The Departure (International) (English title)
Barriere (West Germany)
Krzysztof (Christopher) Komeda, despite his death in 1969, still has a world-wide following amongst film music and jazz aficionados.
One of his best know compositions is the music for his long-time collaborator and fellow Pole, Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" (Available on Harkit CD HRKCD 8135). His work here is available together, for the FIRST TIME ON CD for two films, by Polish director, Jerzy Skolimowski (also a friend of Polanski). Le Départ was shot in Belgium and starred Jean-Pierre Léaud and tells the story of a young boy who dreams of entering a car race—but has no car!
The soundtrack in many ways is an integral part of the film as it truly forms part of the action and therefore propels it along. Coupled with this, is Komeda's assured and highly original score for an earlier Polish picture called Barriera, a darkly humorous and cynical view of Polish post-war life. The director's work is highly acclaimed, and the booklet for this release features an in-depth illustrated essay on his work.