13 September 1924, Lyons, France. An important composer for films for over 40 years, as a youngster Jarre intended to become an electrical engineer, but changed his mind and studied music at the Paris Conservatoire in 1944. He joined the orchestra of the Jean Louise Barrault Theatre, and in 1951, composed the music for KleistsLe Prince De Homburg. Soon afterwards he moved into films, and during the 50s, wrote the scores for such French productions as Hotel Des Invalides, Le Grand Silence, Le Tetre Contre Les Murs and Les Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without A Face). During the early 60s, he began to score the occasional non-Gallic movie, such as Crack In The Mirror, starring Orson Welles, The Big Gamble and the last great epic of World War II, The Longest Day (1962). In the same year, Jarre won his first Academy Award for his memorable score for Lawrence Of Arabia, and was honoured again, three years later, for his music to Doctor Zhivago, featuring the...
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