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The Red Balloon / Le Voyage En Ballon (Jean Prodromides) (Maurice Le Roux)

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  The Red Balloon / Le Voyage En Ballon - Maurice Le Roux / Jean Prodromides - soundtrack (CD)
 

Maurice Le Roux

 
  Kritzerland KR20031-4 | Format CD | Year 1956/1960
 

Limited edition of 1000 copies.


Kritzerland is proud to present a world premiere release of the score to one of the most beloved films of all time:

THE RED BALLOON

Composed and Conducted by Maurice Le Roux

Upon its release in 1956, The Red Balloon, a thirty-five minute short film from France captured everyone's hearts and imagination all around the world. It was a simple, tiny, perfect film about a young boy who finds a red balloon one fine day, and the relationship that ensues, a true and wonderful friendship between boy and balloon. And since its release it has certainly become one of the most beloved films of all time, each new generation discovering its beautiful story anew. Most amazingly, the film won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, the first and only time a short film has won such a major award.

The Red Balloon is almost completely devoid of dialogue (the handful of lines are just throwaways), many scenes play with music only, and some play with natural sound only. Albert Lamorisse, the film's writer/director, just tells his beautiful little tale as simply as he can. That he makes us believe that a balloon is a real character is a testament to the magic spell he weaves from beginning to end. In its thirty-five minutes it has everything – laughter, tears, and one of the most moving and beautiful finales in the history of the movies.

The Red Balloon featured Lamorisse's son Pascal as Pascal and his daughter Sabine also appears. The gorgeous Technicolor photography was by the wonderful French cameraman Edmond Séchan, who would go on to photograph several of Philippe de Broca's classics, including That Man from Rio and Up to His Ears. And the music, which gives the film so much of its heart, was by Maurice Le Roux. Le Roux's score hits all of the film's emotional bases and does so simply, effectively, and beautifully. The film begins with his gorgeous, lyrical main theme, and the rest of the score musically tells this wonderful story brilliantly, whether playful (the balloon tormenting the headmaster of the school, the magical sequence of the red balloon flirting with a little girl's blue balloon), or tense when the bullies steal the balloon, and then the stunning sequence when all the balloons of Paris unite and find Pascal, and lift him into the skies for his joyous, exhilarating ride over the city.

The natural companion piece is, of course, Jean Prodromidès' incredible score to Le Voyage en Ballon, which was the film Albert Lamorisse made after The Red Balloon – it was his first feature-length film. Prodromidès' score for Le Voyage en Ballon is filled with beautiful themes that, like the film itself, take flight, and it takes the listener on a musical journey that is truly breathtaking.

The Red Balloon is taken from acetates and has been restored by Chris Malone, who did the unbelievable work on Kritzerland's releases of A Place in the Sun, and more importantly, It's a Wonderful Life. Acetates are never going to sound like tape and are never optimal, but Chris Malone did a great job and unless someone actually finds the tapes (if that hasn't happened in sixty years it's probably not going to happen anytime soon), this is as good as we're going to get. The score to Le Voyage en Ballon has been on CD a couple of times, but for this release, Chris Malone has done major work on it and it now sounds better than it ever has.


- Kritzerland


  Track listing:

THE RED BALLOON
 
01 Main Titles
02 Pascal Finds the Red Balloon
03 School/Balloon in the Rain
04 Home
05 Balloon Games
06 Detention/Following the Headmaster
07 Tormenting the Headmaster/Free from Detention/Flirting Balloons
08 Church/Pastries/Stolen Balloon/Rescued Balloon/Death of the Balloon
09 Balloons Unite/Pascal in Flight
 
Composed and Conducted by Maurice Le Roux
 
 
 
LE VOYAGE EN BALLON
 
10 Generique – Introduction/Les Cloches de Bethune
11 Envoi
12 Ballet de la Chemise Blanche
13 Alsace/Les Vosges
14 Paris
15 Chenoceaux/La Chasse
16 Les Grands Voliers/Goemons
17 Poursuite en Bretagne
18 Les Alpes/Les Glaciers
19 Provence
20 Camargue/Les Taureaux/Les Flamands Roses
21 Finale
 
Composed and Conducted by Jean Prodromidès
 
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