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Music Composed by Georges Delerue

Disques Cinémusique - Limited Edition of 750 copies

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First known for The Grand Highway, his biggest critical and popular success, Jean-Loup Hubert directed in 1991 La Reine blanche (The White Queen), starring Bernard Giraudeau, Richard Bohringer, Jean Carmet and Catherine Deneuve in the title role.

The film tells of the friendship-rivalry between two men, Yvon and Jean, who are in love with the same woman, Liliane, in a small harbor village near Nantes, France. As Yvon (Giraudeau) had decided, for unknown reasons, to move to Guadeloupe, it’s the second suitor (Bohringer) who married the beautiful Liliane (Deneuve) and gave her four children. When, twenty years later, Yvon decides to return, he brings his own family: a black wife and three “coffee colored” children. Yvon’s passion revives in contact with his old flame and he undertakes to seduce her, to Jean’s great chagrin.

For the love drama La Reine blanche, one of the very last films he scored, Georges Delerue (1925-1992), delivered a main theme played at the accordion that expresses the sense of melancholy that haunts the main characters. This recurring air, which unfolds slowly, as does the pace of life in the village, is given a few interesting variations as the plot progresses and the dramatic issues become clearer. Elsewhere, one can find some similarity with the strings’ music Delerue composed the year before for the romantic comedy Joe Versus The Volcano. There is above all a breathtaking theme heard in a crucial scene, when Deneuve puts the white dress that helped her win a beauty contest two decades earlier.

Our remastering of La Reine blanche highlights some pieces that are usually considered of secondary importance: background and dance music, It is very successful and diversified, as several scenes of the film take place in cafes, bars, at carnivals and popular dances. These utilitarian pieces show here an unmistakable signature, proof that Georges Delerue spared no effort to adorn The White Queen.

The film uses several songs of the era, like Mon Amant de Saint-Jean, which was on the original Polydor album but which we didn’t feel necessary to include here. The only other change in the content from that first release is the grouping of two very shorts pieces: Le retour / Jean. This limited edition of 750 copies is licensed from TF1 in France. 8-page bilingual color booklet.

1. Le Sainte-Marie (02:40)
2. Le retour/Jean (01:59)
3. Les retrouvailles (00:59)
4. Lili (02:16)
5. Bamboulas Sambas (01:59)
6. Yvon (01:27)
7. Rouge baiser (02:06)
8. Le jeu de puces (02:19)
9. La kermesse (02:43)
10. Les petits ballons (03:14)
11. L'aveu (03:20)
12. La robe fantôme (02:48)
13. Le pardon (01:07)
14. Le cha-cha de la reine (01:34)
15. La fuite de Jean (01:07)
16. Le gars des îles (03:04)
17. Chez Rita (02:59)
18. Les adieux (01:44)
19. La petite récompense (00:43)
20. L'enfance (02:49)
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