2002 Film Music CD Reviews
Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Compilation: Paul MISRAKI
Nous Irons à Paris; Mademoiselle s'amuse; Battement
TRAVELLING NAÏVE K1606
Original music and dialogue from three French productions produced
between 1939 and 1950.
A real oddity this, because for all the world it's as though
someone has simply taped the music and dialogue from a TV set and then released
it on CD. That's the kind of sound quality we're talking about. As for the calibre
of the work itself, it's very much what you might expect from the era and rates
as adequate rather than memorable.
I have to presume that there is a market for a compilation
from this composer but I find it difficult to imagine that too many fans of
modern film music will appreciate it. For nostalgia buffs this could provide
some fun if they can tolerate the ragged sound quality, but for the rest of
us I think there will be quite a number of bemused faces and certainly a good
deal of intolerance towards the lengthy French dialogues segments!