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The Madwoman of Chaillot Director Bryan Forbes
Starring: Katharine Hepburn Danny Kaye Yul Brynner Donald Pleasence Richard Chamberlain Oscar Homolka Paul Henreid Edith Evans Margaret Leighton Nanette Newman Charles Boyer Claude Dauphin
John Gavin Giulietta Masima

This star-studded extravaganza was Lewis' film debut and brought the composer immediate international recognition and England's premiere music award, the Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Score 1969/70. Irma's Theme is a gentle lilting tune used in the Parisian square outside the Cafe Francais. The Palais de Chaillot is a percussion tour de force (brilliantly played on this new recording by M.B. Gordy) that highlights one of the movies' most dramatic moments. Aurelia's Theme is one of three principal melodies used throughout this work and ranks with the all-time great romantic melodies of the film music repertoire, proving that Lewis is one of the few great melodists working in film today. At the world premiere in Freeport, Bahamas, in June 1969, Danny Kaye rose to his feet half-way through the seven minute title sequence and cried aloud, "This music is sensational".

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Palais de Chaillot  

Aurelia's Theme  

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