Claude Lelouch’s Vivre Pour Vivre (“Live for Life”) tells the tale of a torrid affair between Robert, a philandering war correspondent (Yves Montand) and a volatile young American fashion model (Candice Bergen, looking incredibly gorgeous here) and how it causes the disintegration of his marriage to Annie Girardot’s gentle, sorrowful Catherine.
Vivre Pour Vivre was one of the most successful French films of all time and nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film in 1968. Today the film is probably best remembered—at least outside of France—for its lush Francis Lai soundtrack, in particular the title theme which has become something of an instrumental “standard” and the themes for each of the three main characters. The composer stayed close to the formula he’d established for a previous Lelouch film, A Man and A Woman: “la la la” scat singing, briskly pounded organ, piano and clavichord parts, electric guitar and histrionic strings.
Thème de Candice:
Thème de Catherine:
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