Yesterday night, Jean Michel Jarre's father Maurice Jarre was the guest of honour at the annual World Soundtrack Awards ceremony of the Flanders International Film Festival.
The legendary three-time Oscar winning composer received the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award for his impressive musical career. Maurice Jarre composed the Oscar winning music for the films Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and A Passage to India. Jarre's scores for Gorillas in the Mist and A Walk in the Clouds won him Golden Globe Awards.
During the ceremony in Ghent (Belgium), where he received the award from the legendary French actress and personal friend Jeanne Moreau, 79-year old Maurice Jarre remembered especially his two year period as musical director of the TNP (Théâtre National Populaire) which he confessed to be the best period of his life, when he was able to work with Jean Vilar, Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Louis Barreault, etc. (before moving to Los Angeles and become famous with Lawrence of Arabia).
After the ceremony, some of Maurice Jarre's scores were presented by the superb National Orchestra of Belgium, directed by Dirk Brossé.