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Joseph Kosma

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Though probably most familiar for the typical “Autumn Leaves,” composer Joseph Kosma also scored many of the best films in cinematic history, including some pictures for renowned director Jean Renoir. Blessed in Budapest, Hungary, on Oct 22, 1905, he examined on the Budapest Conservatory, gaining a scholarship towards the Berlin Opera before signing up for Bertolt Brecht’s touring firm in 1929. Functioning alongside Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler demonstrated a major impact on Kosma’s very own are he began composing his first film ratings. After settling in Paris in 1933, he started his cooperation with Renoir on 1936’s Le Criminal offense de Monsieur Lange; their relationship eventually yielded 1937’s La Grande Illusion and 1939’s La Règle du Jeu, both worth serious factor among the best possible motion pictures available. Kosma also have scored the 1945 Marcel Carné traditional Les Enfants du Paradis; that same calendar year, the composer also teamed using the film’s screenwriter, Jacques Prévert, in the ballet Rendezvous. He and Prévert also collaborated on several songs, like the 1947 perennial “Fall months Leaves” (modified in British by Johnny Mercer). More often than not, Kosma’s compositions gravitated even more toward classical styles than pop, like the 1954 operetta Les Chansons de Bilitis and a small number of comic operas, including 1962’s El Amour Electronique and 1964’s La Revolte des Canuts. He passed away near Paris on August 7, 1969.

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Full Name Joseph Kosma
Died August 7, 1969, La Roche-Guyon, France
Profession Film Score Composer
Education Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
Nationality Hungarian, French
Spouse Lilli Apel
Siblings Akos Kosma
Music Songs Chanson du vitrier, Les enfants qui s'aiment, Baptiste, Fugitives Arrive in Switzerland - End Title, Preparing the Escape, Refuge at a German Farm, Dining With German Officers at the Front, Rue des Blancs-Manteaux, Lover's Farewell, Sound of Frustration, Sunday Morning at the PrisonCamp, Reception on the Military Prison, Moving from a Prisoner of WarCamp, Two Officers and Aristocrats, Railways Travel from the Fortress, Frou-Frou, Christmas Romance, It's a Long Way to Tipperary, J'ai soif d'amour, Magic Flute, Chanson de l'eau, Noblesse Oblige, Autumn Leaves, La Grande Illusion, Les portes de la nuit: Générique, Faut pas m’en vouloir, Je ne veux que tes yeux, Jésus la Caille, Si tu t’imagines, L’Hymne à la Resistance, Friedhofstor, Autumn Leaves , for voice & piano
Albums Grand Illusion [La Grande Illusion] (1937 Film Score), Early Works, Les feuilles mortes: Chansons, Les chansons de Bilitis (Mono version), Les enfants du paradis (Marcel Carné, Jacques Prévert et la musique), Carmina Burana, Reach for the Stars - The EP
Movies Gates of the Night, Children of Paradise, The Grand Illusion, The Shepherdess and the Chimneysweep, The Crime of Monsieur Lange, The Human Beast, The Rules of the Game, A Day in the Country, Elena and Her Men, La Marseillaise, The Doctor's Horrible Experiment, Picnic on the Grass, Juliette, or Key of Dreams, La Marie du port, Les amants de Vérone, Des gens sans importance, Main Street, Jenny, The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir, Blood of the Beasts, Adorable Sinner, Paris Is Always Paris, Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Green Glove, Without Leaving an Address, Voyage Surprise, The Case of Dr. Laurent, Love and the Frenchwoman, Passion for Life, The Doctor's Dilemma, That Is The Dawn, Croesus, Tamango, Innocents in Paris, Man to Men, Huis clos, Goubbiah, mon amour, Matrimonial Agency, Judgment of God, Shadow and Light, A Slice of Life, Here Is the Beauty, The Little Soldier, The Cat, Magic Village, The Cat Shows Her Claws, Wench, The Eleven O’Clock Woman, The Royalists, House on the Waterfront, Children of Love


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Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir 1970 TV Movie
La fenêtre 1970 TV Movie
Kitosch, the Man Who Came from the North 1967
Fruits amers - Soledad 1967
Jeunesse en bleu 1965 Documentary short
Un soir 1965
In the French Style 1963
Chagall 1963 Documentary short
Un drôle de paroissien 1963
À fleur de peau 1962
Snobs! 1962
La poupée 1962
The Elusive Corporal 1962
Poliorkia 1962
Les hommes veulent vivre 1961
El secreto de los hombres azules 1961
Le pavé de Paris 1961
Matisse ou Le talent de bonheur 1960 Documentary short
Crésus 1960
Love and the Frenchwoman 1960 segment ": "L'Enfance"
Le huitième jour 1960
La chatte sort ses griffes 1960
Les trois mousquetaires 1959 TV Movie
Adorable Sinner 1959
Le déjeuner sur l'herbe 1959
Experiment in Evil 1959 TV Movie
Quai des illusions 1959
La cocotte d'azur 1958 Documentary short
The Doctor's Dilemma 1958
La chatte 1958
Un certain Monsieur Jo 1958
Tamango 1958
G.S.O. 1957 Documentary short
Trois jours 1957
L'inspecteur aime la bagarre 1957
Demoniac 1957
The Case of Dr. Laurent 1957
Je reviendrai 1956
Soupçons 1956
Main Street 1956
Elena and Her Men 1956
Diary of a Bad Girl 1956
Cela s'appelle l'aurore 1956
Law of the Streets 1956
Goubbiah, mon amour 1956
Des gens sans importance 1956
Maigret dirige l'enquête 1956
Lady Chatterley's Lover 1955
Pas de pitié pour les caves 1955
M'sieur la Caille 1955
Paris Precinct 1955 TV Series 2 episodes
Les évadés 1955
House on the Waterfront 1955
Pas de souris dans le business 1955
Village magique 1955
Les chiffonniers d'Emmaüs 1955
Fantaisie d'un jour 1955
Huis-clos 1954
The Anatomy of Love 1954 segment "La Parade", french version
Wild Fruit 1954
Chagall 1953 Documentary short
La commune 1953 Documentary short
Lumière 1953 TV Short documentary
Alerte au sud 1953
La vierge du Rhin 1953
Children of Love 1953
Innocents in Paris 1953
Opération Magali 1953
Des maisons et des hommes 1953 Documentary short
Torticola contre Frankensberg 1952 Short
Le rideau rouge 1952
The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird 1952
Le jugement de Dieu 1952
Dans la vie tout s'arrange 1952
Agence matrimoniale 1952/I
Les loups chassent la nuit 1952
The Green Glove 1952
Champions Juniors 1951 Short
Perfectionist 1951
Parigi è sempre Parigi 1951
Le cap de l'espérance 1951
Pardon My French 1951
Dupont Barbès 1951
Ombre et lumière 1951
Juliette ou La clef des songes 1951
...Sans laisser d'adresse 1951
Captain Blackjack 1950
Fugitive from Montreal 1950
Souvenirs perdus 1950
Paris Incident 1950
Vendetta en Camargue 1950
Triple Bill 1950 TV Movie episode "The Canary"
La belle que voil 1950
La Marie du port 1950
Le grand rendez-vous 1950
En passant par la Lorraine 1950 Short
Les feuilles mortes 1950 Short
Wicked City 1949
La ferme des sept péchés 1949
Au grand balcon 1949
The Hell of Lost Pilots 1949
L'école buissonnière 1949
Les amants de Vérone 1949
Le sang des bêtes 1949 Documentary short
Wench 1948
Man to Men 1948
Crossroads of Passion 1948
Le petit soldat 1948 Short
La dame d'onze heures 1948
La fleur de l'âge 1947
Bethsabée 1947
Noah's Ark 1947
L'amour autour de la maison 1947
Voyage surprise 1947
Les chouans 1947
Aubervilliers 1946 Documentary short
L'homme 1946 Short music composer
Gates of the Night 1946
Pétrus 1946 as Kosma
Messieurs Ludovic 1946
Adieu Léonard 1943 as Georges Mouqué
Le soleil a toujours raison 1943 as Jean Marion
Une femme dans la nuit 1943
Les Visiteurs du Soir 1942
The Rules of the Game 1939
La bête humaine 1938 as J. Kosma
La goualeuse 1938
La Marseillaise 1938 as Kosma
Le temps des cerises 1938
La Grande Illusion 1937 music
A Day in the Country 1936 Short as Kosma
Jenny 1936
The Crime of Monsieur Lange 1936 uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Whole Nine Yards 2000 music: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
La chance aux chansons 1999 TV Series music - 1 episode
Vivement dimanche 1998 TV Series music - 1 episode
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 music: "Autumn Leaves"
Addicted to Love 1997 music: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
3000 scénarios contre un virus 1994 TV Series music - 1 episode
Illusions 1992/II TV Movie music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
O Espectador que o Cinema Esqueceu 1991 Short music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Let's Get Lost 1988 Documentary music: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
Cómicos 1987 TV Series music - 1 episode
Storia di Piera 1983 music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
À perte de vie... Jacques Prévert 1977 TV Movie documentary music: "En sortant de l'école", "Barbara", "Les Enfants qui s'Aiment", "Inventaire", "Les Feuilles Mortes"
The Muppet Show 1976 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974 TV Series music - 1 episode
Tony Bennett at the Talk of the Town 1972 TV Mini-Series music - 1 episode
De Fred Haché Show 1972 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Ed Sullivan Show 1969 TV Series music - 1 episode
Käpy selän alla 1966 music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
The Hollywood Palace 1966 TV Series music - 1 episode
La dama de Beirut 1965 music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
El pecador 1965 music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Je connais une blonde 1963 TV Movie music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Esa pícara pelirroja 1963 music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Yves Montand on Broadway 1961 TV Movie music: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1961 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Jo Stafford Show 1961 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1959 TV Series music - 1 episode
Hey Boy! Hey Girl! 1959 music: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
El vestido de novia 1959 music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
La joie de vivre 1959 TV Series music - 1 episode
Trente-Six Chandelles TV Series music - 2 episodes, 1956 - 1958 performer - 1 episode, 1958
The Frank Sinatra Show 1957 TV Series music - 1 episode
Cómicos de la Legua 1957 music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
The Nat King Cole Show 1956 TV Series music - 1 episode
Elena and Her Men 1956 music: "Méfiez-vous de Paris", "O Nuit", "Elena-Polka", "Miarka"
Autumn Leaves 1956 music: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
Your Hit Parade 1955 TV Series music - 2 episodes
Texaco Star Theatre 1955 TV Series music - 1 episode
House on the Waterfront 1955 music: "Big Boat Blues", "Port du Désir", "Ah ! c'que j'en ai fait"
Les loups chassent la nuit 1952 writer: "Faut pas m'en vouloir", "Le bonheur"
The Green Glove 1952 writer: "L'Amour est parti", "Romance"
Dupont Barbès 1951 "Métro aérien"
Fugitive from Montreal 1950 music: "Le temps s'en va"
Souvenirs perdus 1950 music: "Les Feuilles Mortes" / writer: "Tournesol", "Compagnons des mauvais jours", "Et la fête continue"
Les feuilles mortes 1950 Short music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Gates of the Night 1946 music: "Les Feuilles Mortes", "Les Enfants qui s'Aiment"
The Crime of Monsieur Lange 1936 writer: "Au jour, le jour;
Entrée Libre 2016 TV Series music - 1 episode
Laster meines Lebens 2015 Short music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Mülheim - Texas: Helge Schneider hier und dort 2015 Documentary music: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
Tie pohjoiseen 2012 writer: "Kuolleet lehdet"
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean 2012 music: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
Empreintes 2011 TV Series documentary 1 episode
My Week with Marilyn 2011 music: "Autumn Leaves"
Elles 2011 music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Memòries de la tele 2011 TV Series music - 1 episode
Fringe 2010 TV Series music - 1 episode
El cónsul de Sodoma 2009 music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary music: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
Bored to Death 2009 TV Series music - 1 episode
Ah, c'était ça la vie! 2009 TV Mini-Series music - 2 episodes
Banda sonora 2009 TV Series music - 1 episode
L'éblouissement 2008 Short music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Por Toda Minha Vida 2008 TV Series music - 1 episode
Les grands du rire 2007 TV Series music - 1 episode
Avenue Montaigne 2006 music: "Si tu t'imagines"
The O.C. 2004 TV Series music - 1 episode
High Crimes 2002 music: "Autumn Leaves"
C'est la vie 2001 music: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
The Score 2001 music: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
Sidewalks of New York 2001 music: "Autumn Leaves"
Tango Kabaree 2001 music: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Jam 2000 TV Series music: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
En sortant de l'école 2014 TV Series stock music - 1 episode
Joseph Kosma, 2007 Video short music
La table tournante 1988 composer: stock music
El vestido de novia 1959 composer: song "Autumn Leaves"
Paris Precinct TV Series music arranger - 2 episodes, 1955 conductor - 1 episode, 1955 musical director - 1 episode, 1955
Children of Paradise 1945 composer: pantomime music / music collaborator
Les Visiteurs du Soir 1942 composer: additional music - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jenny 1936 Joueur d'harmonium

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trente-Six Chandelles 1958 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1951 Best Music Cannes Film Festival Juliette ou La clef des songes (1951)


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