A very cool collection of film noir soundtrack material – but one that's very different than some of the American packages on the market! This gem focuses on French crime films of the late 50s and early 60s – which includes some of the more inventive directors of the French New Wave, as well as overseas filmmakers who were trying out their own variations on American films – often with results that were even more modern and striking! The music was a huge part of these movies – often taking crime jazz modes from the US, and doing them even better – sometimes working with orchestrations, but in ways that were as stark and moody as the images on the screen. The set's a great overview of this generation – with tracks from 16 films that include Un Temoin Dans La Ville, Les Cinq Dernieres Minutes, Deux Hommes Dans Manhattan, Razzia Sur La Chnouf, Touchez Pas Au Grisbi, Compartiment Tueurs, Les Ennemis, and others – with music by Michel
Magne, Jimmy Smith, Art Blakey, Jean Wiener Trio, Christian Chevallier, Michel Legrand
, Georges Delerue, Marc Lanjean, Barney Wilen, Miles Davis
, Martial Solal, and Eric Demarsan.