Francis Lai

Composer
pAlthough born in Nice, it was a move to Paris as a young man where Francis Lai grew as a musician. 1960s Paris bustled with artists and musicians and it was there that the young Lai composed his first song with Bernard ... Read more »
Born: 04/25/1932 in Nice, , FR

Filmography

Music (102)

When Did You Leave Heaven? 2014 (Movie)

(Original Music)

What Love May Bring 2010 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Ocean's 13 2007 (Movie)

("A Man and a Woman") (Song)

Stranger Than Fiction 2006 (Movie)

("A Man And A Woman") (Song)

The Lake House 2006 (Movie)

("A Man And A Woman" ("Un Homme Et Une Femme")) (Song)

Le Courage d'aimer 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

Plastic Tree 2004 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Bringing Down the House 2003 (Movie)

("A Man And A Woman") (Song)

Le Genre Humain: Les Parisiens 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Part-Time Cops 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

The In-Laws 2003 (Movie)

("A Man And A Woman (Un Homme Et Une Femme)") (Song)

The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 (Movie)

("Theme From Love Story") (Song)

The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 (Movie)

("Snow Frolic") (Song)

The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 (Movie)

("Skating In Central Park") (Song)

Roger Williams: Pop Goes the Ivories 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song

Une pour toutes 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

music excerpts (Music)

Hasards ou coincidences 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 (Movie)

("A Man and a Woman") (Song)

Ripoux Contre Ripoux 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Hommes, femmes: mode d'emploi 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Les Miserables 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Les Miserables 1995 (Movie)

("Les Miserables" "La Valse du XXeme Siecle") (Composer)

Tout ca... pour ca! 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

L' Inconnu dans la Maison 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

La Belle Histoire 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

There Were Days and Moons 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Too Beautiful For You 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

("Theme From Love Story (Finale)") (Song)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

("Theme From Love Story (Finale)") (Song)

Attention Bandits 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Bernadette 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Der Aten 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

L' Itineraire d'un enfant gate 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Les Pyramides bleues 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Association de Malfaiteurs 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Dark Eyes 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

AIDS - Gefahr Fur die Liebe 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Sins 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

Les Ripoux 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

MARIE: A True Story 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Les Uns et les autres 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Canicule 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

J'ai Rencontre le Pere Noel 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Beyond the Reef 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Edith et Marcel 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Madame Claude 2 1980 (Movie)

("J'Attends l'Amour") (Song)

Madame Claude 2 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

International Velvet 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

A nous deux 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Le Chat et la Souris 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Leidenschaftliche Bluemchen 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Oliver's Story 1978 (Movie)

("Oliver's Theme") (Song)

Les Ringards 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

Robert et Robert 1977 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Robert et Robert 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

Another Man, Another Chance 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

Bilitis 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

Widows' Nest 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

Anima Persa 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

Emmanuelle l'anti-vierge 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

Hustle 1975 (Movie)

("A Man and a Woman") (Song)

Le Corps de Mon Ennemi 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

Si c'etait a refaire 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

Le Bon et les mechants 1974 (Movie)

(Music)

Love Story 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Visit to a Chief's Son 1974 (Movie)

(Music)

Mariage 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

Toute une vie 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

Un Amour de pluie 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

La Bonne Annee 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

Par le sang des autres 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

Un Homme Libre 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

L' Aventure c'est l'aventure 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Le Petit Poucet 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Le Petit Matin 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Les Petroleuses 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Love Is a Funny Thing 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Love Story 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Smic, Smac, Smoc 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Brigitte Bardot 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Music

Hannibal Brooks 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Hello-Goodbye 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

La Modification 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

La Vie, l'amour, la mort 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Le Passager de la Pluie 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

The Games 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Three Into Two Won't Go 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

I'll Never Forget What's 'Is Name 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

Mayerling 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

Action Man 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

Live for Life 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

A Man and a Woman 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

Masculin-Feminin 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

My Love, My Love 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

The Bobo 1966 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Bobo 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

Berlin Affair (TV Show)

Music

The Sex Symbol (TV Show)

Song
Actor (3)

Hasards ou coincidences 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Smic, Smac, Smoc 1970 (Movie)

Blind Man (Actor)

Edith Piaf: La Vie En Rose (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

<p>Although born in Nice, it was a move to Paris as a young man where Francis Lai grew as a musician. 1960s Paris bustled with artists and musicians and it was there that the young Lai composed his first song with Bernard Dimey, joined the Michel Magne Orchestra, then worked with Edith Piaf. He also met director/writer Claude Lelouch in 1965, which led to his first big screen credit with the score to the romantic drama "A Man and A Woman" (1966). The jaunty melody of the title tune became instantly recognizable, and was immediately covered many times by various artists in both French and English; it also won Lai a Golden Globe nomination. The film also included "Aujourd'hui C'est Toi," which became the theme music to the long-running British current affairs program "Panorama" (BBC 1953- ). After Lai became a popular composer in the French film industry, his first assignment for an American production was Peter Seller's little seen comedy "The Bobo" (1967), swiftly followed by Michael Winner's British comedy drama "I'll Never Forget What's 'isname" (1967) and the thriller "House of Cards" (1968) starring George Peppard and Orson Welles. However it was the delicate piano and stirring strings of 1970's "Love Story" that won Lai an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The theme song was so popular it was a hit not just for Lai himself but also for Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Shirley Bassey, and more. Lai contained to be an admired composer across Europe and the US, scoring many films including the erotic dramas "Emmanuelle II" (1985) and "Bilitis" (1977). However, the themes to "A Man and A Woman" and "Love Story" remained his most enduring compositions. Both songs were so instantly synonymous with romance that they were used repeatedly in films and on TV, appearing everywhere from Danish police procedural "The Killing" (DR 2007-2010) and the remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (2010) to "Glee" (Fox 2009-) and "The Simpsons" (Fox 1989-).</p>

Milestones

1977

"Bilitis"

1969

"Love Story"

1966

"A Man and a Woman"

Bonus Trivia

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His best known score, for 1966's "A Man and a Woman," was the first film score he ever wrote.

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